"The Old Curiosity Shop" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics

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Possibly the inspiration for the title of one of Charles Dickens' best-known novels, this building still survives (amazingly).

Built in 1567, using timber from old ships, it stands at 13-14 Portsmouth Street on the Holborn area, crouching below overpowering modern monstrosities.

The building used to be a dairy on an estate owned by one of King Charles ll's mistresses (London was extremely pastoral until the Industrial Revolution) but by Dickens' time it was a 'curiosity' shop.

When I last wandered past a few years ago the shop sold clothing, before that it sold antiques and now it seems to belong to a bespoke shoemaker, with a request to ring the bell for entry. I doubt if you'll be able to wander inside for a closer look at the moment.

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2015
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  • Anjuschka's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    That's a lovely little building... Is there anything else worth to see in that area?

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Aug 9, 2014 at 2:19 AM

      I was only wandering through on my way back to the station and don't know Holborn well. Have a look at Regina's excellent tips here:

      Holborn Things to Do

    • Anjuschka's Profile Photo
      Aug 9, 2014 at 2:26 AM

      Thanks I will have a look... Maybe I find something else to do and spend some time there... ;)


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