"The Old Curiosity Shop" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics
London Off The Beaten Path: 1,701 reviews and 3,049 photos
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.
More Off The Beaten Path in London (16)
More Reviews (19)
- See All New 'walking Tube' map.
- See All Getting inside for free.......
- See All Still remarkably pleasant for its...
- See All We do not abbreviate streetnames.
leics' Related Pages
Have you been to London?Share Your Travels