Rent Increases

For several years Gardners have had to to fight against unjustified rent increases within the local area. These increases have put many small independents in Tower Hamlets out of business, damaging the character that makes these places so enjoyable to visit. 

The below articles cover Gardners fight against these hike, the creation of the East End Trades Guild and the eventual relocation of Gardners from Tower Hamlets to Hackney due to these increases. 


Together we are stronger 21/11/2012This article from the Gentle Author tells the story of the foundation of the East End Trades Guild an the story of how unfair landlord rent increases at Gardners' help to establish the guild.A from  


How East London’s small businesses and traders are joining forces to demand fair rent (26/3/2018) : A story from the Independent about how small businesses are fighting back against unfair rent increases. 


Spitalfields' Traditions In Danger : Culture Magazines assesses how the traditions of the East End are being lost, looking at Gardners in relation to this.


 Video courtesy of Giulia Bassanese


150 Years in Commercial Street (02/01/2020): After 150 years, we had to relocate from Spitalfields to Leyton. This story reviews Gardners' time in the area, from fighting rent and rates to helping set up the East End Trades Guild.

Gardners: 150-year-old Shoreditch shop will close and move due to rising rents in the area (6/1/2020) : The Hackney Gazette creates a piece showing the moving of Gardners to Hackney after 150 years on Commercial Street.