Barbican Newsagents

Opposite Waitrose | 111 Whitecross St, EC1Y 8JD | 020 7588 5073 (no website)

Top products

Off-licence, Oyster cards, Paypoint, Lotto, parcel service, ATM.

They also sell tobacco, newspapers and magazines, stationery, greetings cards, ice creams, and sweets.

“I came to the shop to help a friend out, and then I stayed,” Arun Patel says. “That was 32 years ago. Now we have been here longer than any other business in the street.”

Barbican Newsagents is owned by Arun and Mina Patel, who also live above the shop. They run the shop seven days a week, with occasional help from friends if they go on a rare holiday or a family wedding.

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