The Oldest Shop in London

The Old Curiosity Shop - Iain Crump
The Old Curiosity Shop – Iain Crump

This London shop dates back to 1567 and is considered to be the oldest shop in central London, surviving both the Great Fire of 1666 and The Blitz. Although the site claims to be the inspiration for Dickens’ fourth novel The Old Curuiosity Shop (1840-1841), there is no evidence to support the claim. The shop’s name was actually added shortly after the novel was published, and it is likely that the owner was connecting the shop to Dickens’ success and fame. Today, the shop carries unique designer fashion and footwear.

The Old Curiosity Shop
13/14 Portsmouth Street, WC2A 2ES

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