Oak Road: Ealing Broadway's hidden gem for shopping local

By Emily Caswell

13th Oct 2023 | Local Features

As we transition into autumn, a season popular for birthdays, cosy evenings and the start of Christmas preparations, Ealing Broadway is calling on locals to support its growing collection of independent retailers.

Since opening in 1985, the centre has supported a variety of independent retailers, from a stylish plant store to a range of family-run eateries and even a massage salon. One of Ealing Broadway's best-kept secrets, Oak Road's offering allows shoppers to embrace local brands, and up-and-coming retailers can grow their businesses while being inspired by their neighbours.

Andrew Rollings, centre director at Ealing Broadway, said: "Supporting the local community is incredibly important to us and we're happy to be home to some of the most exciting and unique retailers in Ealing. We encourage visitors to get down to Oak Road, shop local and experience the unique, eclectic mix of independents we have to offer."

Katy Marshall, co-owner of Greenka, said: "A few years ago, we passed Oak Road and imagined what it would be like to own a store here, so opening Greenka at Ealing Broadway has been a dream come true! Fast forward nearly two years, we are delighted that we have been able to make a career out of our passion for houseplants and aftercare, and Ealing Broadway has been a great support along the way. Together with the other brands on Oak Road, we are a small business following our passion, and the centre works hard to bring people a more personalised shopping experience."

Here is a selection of just some of the unique independents' shoppers can discover at Ealing Broadway:


First founded by two London mums, Katy Marshall and Aysha Tahir, in 2018, Greenka has gone from strength to strength since launching the business as a car boot sale in Chiswick. From tropical houseplants, succulents and cacti to pots and plant accessories, visitors to Greenka can explore the store's exotic and unusual indoor plants, which serve as a perfect gift for friends and family or can create a beautiful green space in your home. Greenka also stock cards and prints by a range of artists, including Cai & Jo, Hey Sakina, Katrina Sophia, MalMade and more, to support other small businesses. 

Arise Coffee Roasters

Arise Coffee Roasters' owner Lavender Tang, had always dreamed of opening her own independent coffee shop. Visitors can not only enjoy a selection of carefully curated coffee flavours developed by a dedicated team of baristas, but there are an array cold beverages and brunch options also on offer, from fresh fruit smoothies and international drinks to smashed avocado and overnight oats.

Benji's Buns

The 100% vegan bakery is the first of its kind in Ealing, with local founder Ben Michael turning his hand to baking following the pandemic. Inspired by his love for cinnamon rolls, Ben honed his skills to create a series of fresh, tasty buns, with flavours ranging from original glazed and classic cinnamon to vanilla and chocolate. There are also a range of vegan drinks available, including herbal teas, coffees and indulgent milkshakes.

The Massage Company

The Massage Company provides luxury treatments at an affordable price with founders Charlie Thomson and Elliot Walker on a mission to buck the trend of a massage being a luxury for special occasions. It offers a variety of different treatments ranging from sports and maternity massages to hot stones and aromatherapy. The deep tissue massage is the most popular experience amongst current members, helping to release endorphins as well as reduce physiological pain and anxiety.

Nuts 'n' Stuff

Nuts 'n' Stuff is a family run business, selling a wide range freshly roasted nuts, dry fruit, Turkish delight, grounded Turkish coffee, freshly made tahini and nut butters, and other nut related products.


Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, Leonidas sells a full range of top-quality chocolates and treats at an affordable price. Featuring hazelnuts from Turkey, almonds from Italy, cherries from the Périgord and walnuts from Texas, all ingredients are sustainably sourced, and the recipes have been passed down through generations.

Visitors can find a full list of stores at Ealing Broadway and their opening hours on the Eat, Drink & Shop page.

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