Many local businesses have had to adapt to life under the Covid-19 lockdown.  So many businesses got in touch with us at SE Mags to tell us how they have adapted their business to cope.

Jerk Off BBQ

At Jerk Off BBQ we love to host events and parties. We’ve been planning a launch for our new site but due to the Government lockdown we’ve been unable to celebrate when we’d wanted to, it a real shame not to see our supportive customers and community. However, we believe in positivity and great food, so as cooks we are always ready and willing to adapt and have done this by going fully online. We’re delivering locally to some lovely regulars from our pop ups and markets, as well as gaining a great new local following! Whilst we are in a pandemic the only thing we can do is stay safe and take all the recommended government guidelines seriously, which is why we operate a contact-free curb-side delivery system with all payments made online. Other than that, why not be positive and look towards the future of great healthy honest food ..and of course our up and coming lunch party! We have a few surprises to come this year, we’re looking forward to celebrating with you all in person.”

All orders are through Orders in by midday Friday and delivery on Saturday between 10am-5pm, meals to heat at home. All  deliveries are to south East London postcodes.

All social media handles are: @jerkoffbbq

Dulwich Delivers

Helping local restaurants, shops & essential services that deliver direct to your door.

Inspired by his friend, Calypso, who set up for her community, Tom Szekeres has set up Dulwich Delivers.  Using the same code for his website, offered freely by Calypso, before long he had some brilliant local people helping to update the listings.

In the first week, they had 4,000 people visit the site, and people can now order anything from sourdough starter to bread flour to Kimchi. All delivered contact-free to your door.

Taking Maths Online

Local maths tutor Joe Lyons visited students in Dulwich in their homes to teach them maths.  Since the lockdown he is now teaching the lessons with the same students online.

The students find the lessons fun and informative. They are able to work directly onto any electronic device such as a tablet or laptop and be guided through the questions. So after spending over ten years tutoring in students homes I am now available for on line lessons.

Joe has taught in local Charter school and can be contacted at or by phone 07736 401930.

161 Food + Drink

We are 161 Food + Drink, a neighbourhood wine shop and bar in Sydenham specialising in organic and low-intervention wine. We have opened our doors in summer 2014 with the vision of creating a cosy place for locals to come together. We offer delicious home-cooked food, wines and handcrafted beers.

With the current government measures in place, we have made following adjustments to how we operate:

– Our physical shop is closed until further notice, but we are currently operating a wine delivery service (Free to selected postcodes) as well as a meal take away service

– We are constantly adding new exciting stock to our online shop.

– We also offer online wine tastings, to keep customers busy and entertained!

We are currently also

– Offering to pick up customers’ donations towards Lewisham Foodbank as we drop off their Milkround orders

– Offering 15% off all proceeds of our Buy Them a Coffee Case (6 Bottles) towards @buythemacoffee_kch who help Kings College Hospital healthcare professionals by buying them supplies for their wellbeing centres during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Local Fashion Designer Makes Happy® Face Covers

Karen Arthur is a 58 year old women’s bespoke fashion designer and sewing tutor. She works primarily with ankara and African printed fabrics. Withnormal client meetings are on hold until the lockdown is over and her airbnb guests cancelled overnight, Karen found income ceased suddenly. Luckily she transported her sewing machine and some fabric from her Catford studio to her home in Forest Hill just before lockdown was announced. The first thing Karen made was a face cover for herself out of leftover fabric she loves and posted a photo on twitter. Now she is making wear your happy® face covers daily for a client base that shows no signs of abating… especially since the Mayor of London endorsed wearing face coverings as an extra layer of protection recently.

Karen says “Sewing face covers is saving my sanity and giving me an added purpose during lockdown. Not to mention giving me back some control over my finances and security for my family.”

07930 867826

Hot Yoga

Stevie from Hot Yoga closed the studio doors on St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday 17th March after the 6.45am class and then taught his first ever online class that evening at 6.30pm! They now have 18 classes on the timetable with six different teachers offering Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, Meditation and Beginner Friendly classes.

“We’ve decided to keep the introductory offer £25 for 30 days open indefinitely – I was considering introducing new prices/class packs but understand that It’s a really tough time for everyone and I want to keep access simple and affordable. So you can book a single class (£6) or a month’s worth of yoga (£25) by visiting There are also FREE classes for NHS key workers, who just need to drop me an email ( for a free pass.

The support from members has been amazing and so heart-warming. Spreading the word would be a massive help though, we could do with a lot more yogis right now! I genuinely believe that our yoga practice is helping us all stay connected, healthy and grounded through this.”

Crofton Books

Jason Shelley from Crofton Books says:

“We are trying our best to stay open *safely* through Covid, opening limited hours from Wednesday to Saturday each week with two people max in at a time.  We offer an appointment service whereby individuals can enter during a fixed timeframe and I can close the doors (and discuss book choices, books etc, at a distance).  

Some locals have offered to home deliver, for people in isolation. We have delivered books for free helped by locals who are Kei (who fortunately has a motorcycle), a retired headmistress, Edwin an Australian teaching assistant, Annie, a writer in Honor Oak and James, an urban planner who lives in Crofton Park. Artists Kathryn Maple and Alison Boult, who are neighbours to the bookshop offer me tea in a flask and now we are collaborating on some work to exhibit.”

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SE22 Piano School

The SE22 Piano School has adapted to lockdown by offering online piano lessons for all of our students that used to come to our business premises just off Lordship Lane. I trialled out online lessons with my students a week before the lockdown announcement which enabled my team of teachers to have a system in place that would work as soon as we had to close the doors on our shop. In addition to teaching piano, I also teach online fermentation workshops where I show people how to make kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha. I have been doing these online via Zoom and all profits go to my chosen local charity which is Westminster House Youth Club in Nunhead. You can find out more about this on my Instagram page @southlondonferments.

This article first appeared in the May issues of SE21, SE22 & SE23.