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Old Curiosity Shop

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31 Oct 2018
“What the Dickens is in there?”
25 Jul 2018
“Preserved gems of London”
This site of the original "Old Curiosity Shop" is of special interest to fans of Charles Dickens.
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13-14 Portsmouth Street, London WC2A 2ES, England
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Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 25 July 2018

I just walked outside every time I would go to the park to have my lunch. It is one of the gems of London. Must see. How the city preserves its own culture and heritage.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Worth a look around if you are exploring the neighborhood around the London School of Economics and the Law Courts.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank DaveVanPelt
Reviewed 30 September 2017

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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank tsc1947
Reviewed 27 September 2017

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. The building...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

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

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Ken F
Reviewed 13 November 2015

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

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank bluelizard
Reviewed 2 March 2015

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

Date of experience: October 2014
2  Thank sheilallan
Reviewed 24 November 2014

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

Date of experience: November 2014
1  Thank KeithHAR
Reviewed 8 September 2014

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

Date of experience: August 2014
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