"Dickens inspiration ?.....maybe" Top 5 Page for this destination London Off The Beaten Path Tip by sourbugger

London Off The Beaten Path: 1,701 reviews and 3,049 photos

  The old curiosity shop
by sourbugger

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.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Feb 26, 2004
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Deny yourself nothing, but deny everything.”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 3 7

Have you been to London?

  Share Your Travels