The Old Curiosity Shop  

 
 
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13 Portsmouth Street, Holborn, London WC2A 2ES
 
 
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The Old Curiosity Shop16th century shop and literary landmark.

With its precarious overhanging upper storey, uneven floorboards, sloping roof and wooden beams, this 16th century building warrants its title as probably the oldest shop in central London. It also fits perfectly the image of Charles Dickens’ creaking, half-timbered ‘Old Curiosity Shop’. While some doubt has been cast over the assumption that the shop was the inspiration behind Dickens’ novel of the same name, the building certainly does a very good job of convincing sceptics otherwise. At one time it functioned as a dairy on an estate given by King Charles II to one of his many mistresses. Made using the wood from old ships the building miraculously survived the flames of the Great Fire of 1666 and the bombs of Second World War. Still functioning as a shop (an upmarket men’s and women’s shoe boutique at the time of writing), the building’s future and architectural heritage is now protected by a preservation order. Dwarfed by more recent architectural constructions, the shop is often literally overlooked by tourists and locals alike but is worth seeking out if you’re in the area – especially if you need a new pair of shoes. Pay a visit after exploring Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Inns of Court or John Soane’s Museum.

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Creaking floorboards, wooden beams, Charles II, Dickens and shoes.

Did you know?
Charles Dickens lived at Bloomsbury and knew the area surrounding the shop very well. He was known to have visited the shop on a number of occasions.

 

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Holborn Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Temple Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
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Railway Stations

 
City Thameslink Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
12 minutes walk
 
 
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Car Parks

 
Drury Lane NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
Bloomsbury Square Car Park
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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