Update: 6th November
All of our charity shops and our two social enterprises are now closed until further notice.
Update: 2nd November
Our Watney Market and our Barking Road shops are now closed.
The rest of our charity shops will close on Thursday 5th November.
We won’t be taking donations until further notice, please don’t leave donations outside the shop.
We hope to see you soon!


Update: 5th August
All of our charity shops are now back open as normal, with the following opening hours:
  • Watney Market, Chrisp Street, Aldgate East, and Barking Road
    Open Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
    Sunday: Closed
  • Bethnal Green and Leytonstone
    Monday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm
  • Roman Road
    Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
    Sunday: Closed
  • Mare Street
    Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
    Sunday: 11am – 5pm

If you have donations for us, or you want to know more about our safety procedures during Covid-19, click here.



Update: 13th July

We are reopening Restoration Station!

Our furniture restoration shop will now be open:

  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:30 – 5pm
  • Closed Saturday – Tuesday

Please get in touch with us about making donations.



Update: 16th June

We are reopening Paper & Cup!

Our social enterprise Paper & Cup is now open with the following hours:

  • Wednesday – Sunday: 10am-4pm
  • Closed Monday – Tuesday

We will be serving takeaways only until further notice.



Other updates

Most of our face-to-face services will remain suspended until further notice.

Over the past few months, we have adapted as many services as possible to take place online or over the phone, and this will continue for the time being.

For people in recovery, isolation has been difficult, so SCT staff and volunteers have been making every effort to keep everyone connected, through virtual quizzes, art classes, crosswords, online yoga, and more. The training and development centre continues to run classes and activities virtually, with new ideas being developed along the way. We have also been publishing a series of stories, articles, and poems about recovery in lockdown, to encourage creative writing, share advice for those in similar positions, and build connections with other people and groups. If you are interested in supporting our recovery community at this difficult time, click here for ways you can help.

The SCT is also supporting Homeless Link’s new campaign to ensure that funding for housing is extended beyond lockdown. The pandemic has shown what can be achieved in London, and we encourage this support to continue in the long-term.



Update: 30 March 2020

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Spitalfields Crypt Trust has suspended most face-to-face activities but continues to support people both remotely ​and on-site in our residential recovery hostel.

We have taken significant action to reduce the spread of the virus while adapting our service to ensure the people we work with can maintain their recovery and tenancies through this turbulent time.

We have paused all indoor activities at the Homeless Drop-in and the Recovery Hub – which includes the Training and Development centre and Choices, our recovery community. We have also stopped all activities at our Charity Shops, and our social enterprises Paper & Cup and Restoration Station.

Each week, we see a number of people who are more susceptible to the virus due to pre-existing medical conditions and age. We are concerned that by continuing to offer our usual service and gathering large numbers in a confined space for hours at a time, we would be placing these people at risk of catching the virus. 

To continue to support people facing homelessness and addiction, we are adapting our service in a way that protects our staff and the people who use our services.
For our Drop-in visitors, we are keeping in frequent contact to help signpost and support our visitors to access vital resources. At our residential recovery centre, there is still 24-Hour support as well as online counselling sessions for our residents. And we are maintaining our community spirit for residents and students of our Training and Development centre through online messaging platforms and activities. It has been lovely to see this in action, with weekly group activities and even virtual crosswords! We are also regularly checking in with people to offer a familiar voice and support, such as online courses and other useful resources.

It is important to acknowledge that in the midst of this unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty, we have seen beautiful examples of creativity, compassion and community right across SCT, which are testimony to the ethos of the organisation and to the dedication of each of our staff.