Lifelong De Beauvoir Town resident and self-confessed foodie Harry Davies opened his fine food deli on Southgate Road in 2009. Today, the De Beauvoir Deli is something of a focal point for the local village community and serves up 2,000 cups of coffee a week and 130 sandwiches every day.
The original site for the deli was in a former cow shed behind the popular local pub, The Scolt Head. But when Harry heard that The Benyon Estate was redeveloping a car mechanics workshop on Southgate Road, and that the team were looking for a deli tenant to occupy it, the plans changed.
Textile designer Ellie Jauncey and illustrator Anna Day met in 2008 while working at the Scolt Head pub in De Beauvoir Town. Both were at career crossroads but shared a passion for flowers so decided to combine their collective creativity and establish a floristry company – a first for The Benyon Estate.
Ella Doran is an award-winning designer known for her striking designs which are often a play on cultural associations and icons. She set up her homewares business in the late 1990s and, since then, has been commissioned by the likes of The Royal Society of Arts, the Glasgow School of Art, Tate, John Lewis and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Hackney has the highest number of people cycling to work in all of London and the second highest number in England (after Cambridge). De Beauvoir Town itself is particularly well served for cyclists thanks to the local road filters that were introduced in the early 1970s closing roads to motor vehicles.
Specialist restorers Urban Upholstery take furniture that has been discarded – found in skips or on the streets – and, using traditional methods, transform them into unique, contemporary pieces. They also offer a bespoke upholstery service whereby clients can send in antique piece of furniture to be updated or sensitively restored or they can choose from a range of existing frames and specify a fabric or style.
Zebra Worldwide is an internationally acclaimed content agency which works with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Reckett Benkiser and Hasbro as well as broadcasters such as the BBC and Channel 4.
Jacquie Campbell, a housing professional, and her husband Neal, have lived in a two-bedroom maisonette on De Beauvoir Road since August 2013. Their son, Oliver, also lived with them at first, when he wasn’t away studying at university, but now lives with friends nearby.
N1 Tyres, which provides a range of services including tyre and brake disc replacements and full car servicing, took over the lease at 54a Downham Road in September 2017. The business was founded and is owned by Mir Begg.
Artist Deborah Law Henocq established the charity RIVA – which stands for Residencies in Visual Art – with the aim to support the provision for art as a subject in Islington and Hackney schools. Its core mission is to address environmental themes in a creative way.
Lois Anderson is a lettercarver based in De Beauvoir Workshops, a converted former hat box factory on Southgate Road.
Estonian-born designer Oliver Ruuger, and German-born craftsman Volker Koch, run a leather craft and design studio based at Studio 1A, 69A Southgate Road.
Joan Miller has been a tenant of The Benyon Estate for over 50 years. Born in Poplar, in 1928, she was brought up in Endive Street, Limehouse (since demolished) in a terraced house where there was no hot water or inside plumbing.
On September 1, 1939 – the first day of WW2 – she was despatched on a coach with a haversack and a luggage label around her neck clearly marked with her name. "I thought I was going on holiday" she says. In fact, she was being evacuated for three years to Weston-super-Mare in Somerset.
Joe and Ann-Marie moved into a privately-rented property in De Beauvoir Town in February 2016—and fell in love with the area. Not long after, however, their landlord advised them that he wanted to sell the property. “We tried to buy it but both sides were miles apart when it came to valuation,” explains Joe.