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The Old Curiosity Shop: "Investigate This Shop With the Famous Name" London Shopping Tip by deecat

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  Old Curiosity Shop
by deecat

Being a Charles Dickens's fan, as well as a VERY distant relative of his, I found it imperative to at least investigate The Old Curiosity Shop, which is mentioned in his works.

Much to my delight, I discovered that there really is a second-hand clothes shop that claims to sell "antique & modern art" on the very site of Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop. It was supposedly built in 1567 and was Dickens's model for the birthplace for Little Nell.

From the looks of it, "ancient" certainly fits its description.

It's location leaves much to be desired. But this shop's weirdness is somehow attractive. If you have breathing problems, you'll surely have trouble with the mustiness and the dust. But, just think, it's stood here in Portsmouth Street for over 400 years!

What to buy: If you like resale shops, this is for you...with its bric-a-brac, clothing, shoes, and hats, it's a blast to peruse and to buy unusual items.

What to pay: The prices vary from less than a pound to several hundred pounds.

Directions: Portsmouth Street
Theme: Antiques

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 11, 2005
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