Lights in the darkness – the corner shops of Bow [GALLERY]

Corner shops are one of the staples of city life, their owners the unsung heroes of convenience shopping. Here, local photographer Massimo Iannetti spent an evening walking the streets of Bow, capturing the neighborhood’s corner shops and those who run them.

The East End has a long tradition of family-run corner shops serving their communities, and that continues to this day. Some things are so familiar, so homely, that we barely notice they’re there. When night falls and the city sleeps, these shops keep their doors open.

At a time when the high street is struggling and retail is dominated by the likes of Sainsbury’s and Tescos, Iannetti’s photographs are a reminder that countless stores are holding firm against the tide, no two quite the same.

Do you recognise yours?

If you enjoyed this gallery you may like Iannetti’s photographs of the Bow Muslim Community Centre


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Frederick O'Brien

Fred is a writer and researcher with a background in sustainable development. His research has featured in The Independent, the Evening Standard, and the New York Post, among others.

One thought on “Lights in the darkness – the corner shops of Bow [GALLERY]

  • April 16, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Enjoyed this article very much. Count our family very lucky to have two corner shops, both featured here. Thank you.


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