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One of Dickens most famous books was "The Old Curiosity shop". Well, it's even older now and probably a little bit less curious.
There is some debate about wether the shop in Portsmouth street is actually the one that was Dicken's inspiration. Either way this little 16th century half-timbered shop gives a quick insight into how many of the buildings would have looked before the great fire of London.
Nowadays it sells various antiquey type stuff, but is still good for a photo-opportunity.
Portsmouth street is a tiny little street that runs off Portugal street, which itself runs east from Kingsway (Holborn Tube) up towards Lincoln Inn's field.
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