Trusty tradespeople

The following have been recommended by SRA members. To submit your own suggestions, or to report a broken link, please e-mail the SRA at

Cycle Repairs
  • Phillip Thomas (07841 421905) at Love Bikes, 137 Church Walk, N16. "Hard-working local bike repair and maintenance workshop Love Bikes services my bike and I have been very happy with the results." Pat, Feb 2011.

  • Richard Thomson (07944 682647). Excellent all-round electrician, very up-to-date and helpful. Rachel, Dec. 2017
  • Fran Kinsey (07944 240846) "Fran lives in Milton Grove. She is very efficient, responsible and skilled. She's at" Rachel, Nov 2010.
  • Alan Shirley (07954 327854). Alan is a very good electrician, helpful and willing to offer advice. Clean and tidy worker, he did a great job fixing our temperamental lighting. Additionally he completely tidied up our messy wiring in our fuse box, so that it is much easier for electricians to work in future. Alan travels by motorbike, so no need for visitors permits." Alex & Claire, January 2013.
  • Ben Aveston (07836 786875) at Astrofix in Tottenham repairs washing machines, washer/ dryers, dishwashers, tumble dryers and cookers. "The on/off switch on our 15 year old washing machine broke, but there was nothing else wrong with it. Ben diagnosed the fault and - to avoid ordering up a spare part - cleverly swapped the broken switch with a neighbouring one that we never use. Genius!" Jenn, July 2011.
  • Teo Miller: (07946 382299, 0207 503 5395) "Teo has rewired and done other electrical work at my flat. His quote was less than half of others, he's done a great job, is very pleasant and reliable and lives locally on Beatty Road." Barbara, Nov 2012.
General handymen/women
  • Will or Rupert at Green Workforce (0800 559 3689). "An environmentally-friendly company that carries out a range of general handyman/woman tasks. Reasonably-priced, with a very helpful approach. Their website is" Vivienne. Jan 2011.
  • Jarek (pron Yarek) Budny (aka Mark) (07508 000439, "Jarek is a painter, decorator and handyman, and can fix awkward decorating problems. He's really pleasant and reliable." Maggie, March 2014. 
Heating engineers
  • Habib (07815 073155). "I had a boiler engineer around a couple of years ago to fix a valve on my boiler that had not worked properly for 14 years, I'd had the manufacturers around and numerous other engineers and nobody could fix it until Habib came around and had one look and found the water was pumping in the wrong direction. I really recommend him and he's local." Eric. November 2010.  
  • Habib (see above) did his best to offer phone advice on why my heating had stopped working. When that didn't help, I made an appointment with him: he was on time, professional, and charged a very fair price. He managed to patch up the boiler but warned it was on its last legs - fair enough, it's at least 22 years old. Alex, December 2011
  • George Hogg and his partner, Rebecca: (07943 111216, 07854 107484). "George and Rebecca have taken over from Stoke Newington Heating. They are nice people, charging very competitive rates (£45 for a boiler service), and do a great job." Barbara, Nov 2012.
Painters/ Decorators
  • Kyle Glazebrook (07971 795178) "Kyle is my next-door neighbour and he did a great job doing the external painting of the front of 23 Nevill Road. Contact:" Nick. January 2011
  • Green Workforce (see above) did a terrific job sprucing up my flat, repairing the kitchen tiles, etc. Alex, Dec 2011.
  • Mary Shelley (07875 846408) "Mary painted the front door and doorstep, and they look great. She's pleasant, reliable and charged a reasonable price, and she tidied up very well. She also does tiling and small plastering jobs." Rachel, Jun 2013. maryshell29 @ [close spaces].
  • Michael Hurley (07861 261136). "Michael re-plastered the majority of our Victorian house and we were very impressed with his work and how clean he left the property each evening. We will definitely be using him for future works - very friendly too." e-mail: Susan, March 2011.
  • Stephen Cole (07836 678589). "Could I recommend Stephen Cole as a plumber? He is local, reliable and affordable. He asked me to mention though that he does not service gas boilers." Vanessa. Jan 2011.
  • Phil Glazer (07885 820896). "Phil is a great plumber, good at pipes, drips and fitting WCs. I would recommend him to anyone." Rachel. Jan 2015.
Roofers/ Brickies
  • Ray Byrne (07956 347049). "Ray repaired our two extension roofs and did a fantastic job for around a third the price of other quotes. He came highly recommended, is pleasant and reliable and is easily the best roofer I've ever come across - and I've used many over the years. He also did some re-pointing of our brickwork, again to a high standard." Barbara, Jan 2011.
  • Joe McSweeney (07940 374608). "Experienced, careful and cost-effective roofer who is happy to give written quotes. He did a great job for me, and the friend who recommended him swears she'll never use anyone else." Rachel, Jan 2011.
  • John Walker (07860 950726). "An excellent brickie who is reliable, friendly and very cost-effective. He's based in Essex, but covers North East London. Always busy, so book ahead." Rachel. Jan 2011.
  • Ray Byrne (07956 347049) "We used Ray on Barbara's recommendation.  As she says, he is punctual, quick, reasonably priced and quiet!  A very pleasant person, highly recommended." Maggie. July 2012.
Telephone engineers
  • Richard Hyems (07966 189463). "Experienced, conscientious and thorough, Richard will provide advice by phone, and works fast - and late, if necessary. He does residential and business repairs, and is a very pleasant chap. e-mail, website:"  Rachel, Jan 2011
Tree surgeons
  • Jamie Ryan (07812 212145) of Treescapes. "Excellent tree pruning - takes into account vigour and shape. Prompt, tidy, quick and reasonable cost. Contact:" Maggie. Dec. 2010
Window cleaners
  • Ugur Hassan (07949 592156) of CityRes Window Cleaning. "Ugur (pronounced 'Orr') is a really careful and thorough window cleaner.  We have many awkward windows and skylights and they were all cleaned well - inside and out.  A reasonable cost for the care taken.  Ugur has lived in Stoke Newington all his life and has many loyal customers in our area." Maggie. Sept 2012.
Please note
The above recommendations are statements of members' personal experience. They are posted at the discretion of the Shakespeare Residents' Association (SRA), but should not be taken as endorsements by us. The SRA has no financial relationship with any of these traders, and takes no responsibility for work they undertake.

To submit your own suggestions, please e-mail the SRA secretary at