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Well, I'd walked post this historical old shop many times years ago when I worked nearby, but this time I went in.
Now it's a shoe shop, but not a typical high street shop. And it was busy. And small. I'm not sure if the...More
Surrounded by towering new construction and the London School of Economics. This place may have some history and attachment to Dickens but I found it not worth the extra effort to find it. Can't go in the place. It appears to now be some kind...More
Named after the famous Charles Dickens's novels became a hit in the 1840's, The Old Curiosity Shop was thought even than to have been the inspiration for the antique shop of the story. Nowadays it offers a different curiosity: unique leather handmade shoes.
In some locations it would not stand out so remarkably but set here surrounded by modernity it is just that - a curiosity made famous by Charles Dickens. Not signposted and not so easy to find. However if in Lincolns Inn area then worth a...More
Only a few minutes walk from Sir John Soane's Museum / Lincoln's Inn Fields, this quaint building sits uncomfortably amongst the modern and ugly buildings of the university.
It was closed when I visited (selling shoes by appointment only) but I was only passing in...More
I first became aware of The Old Curiousity Shop when I was a student at the LSE in the late sixties before it was quite so dwarfed by the universty's extensions and other very tall buildings. Then, and I suppose still now, it was an...More
Although mentioned in Charles Dicken's book of the same name it is not absolutely certain if the name of this old shop came before or after the book.
As I was in the area of Aldwych with a friend I thought I would take him...More
It is in question as to whether this 16th century edifice was indeed an inspiration for Charles Dickens, or a 19th century post-Dickens tourist ploy.
Notwithstanding, and in spite of the awful carbuncles which surround it, The Old Curiosity Shop (Selling handmade shoes, by appointment...More
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House
as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.