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Old Curiosity Shop

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13-14 Portsmouth Street, London WC2A 2ES, England
+44 20 7405 9891
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Just what it says on the tin.

In some locations it would not stand out so remarkably but set here surrounded by modernity it is... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2016
Ken F
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
Worth a small diversion from Sir John Soane's Museum

Only a few minutes walk from Sir John Soane's Museum / Lincoln's Inn Fields, this quaint building... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2015
bluelizard
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N Wales
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This site of the original "Old Curiosity Shop" is of special interest to fans of Charles Dickens.
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25 Aug 2016
“Just what it says on the tin.”
13 Nov 2015
“Worth a small diversion from Sir John Soane's Museum”
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13-14 Portsmouth Street, London WC2A 2ES, England
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

In some locations it would not stand out so remarkably but set here surrounded by modernity it is just that - a curiosity made famous by Charles Dickens. Not signposted and not so easy to find. However if in Lincolns Inn area then worth a...More

Thank Ken F
Reviewed 13 November 2015

Only a few minutes walk from Sir John Soane's Museum / Lincoln's Inn Fields, this quaint building sits uncomfortably amongst the modern and ugly buildings of the university. It was closed when I visited (selling shoes by appointment only) but I was only passing in...More

1  Thank bluelizard
Reviewed 2 March 2015

I first became aware of The Old Curiousity Shop when I was a student at the LSE in the late sixties before it was quite so dwarfed by the universty's extensions and other very tall buildings. Then, and I suppose still now, it was an...More

2  Thank sheilallan
Reviewed 24 November 2014

Although mentioned in Charles Dicken's book of the same name it is not absolutely certain if the name of this old shop came before or after the book. As I was in the area of Aldwych with a friend I thought I would take him...More

1  Thank KeithHAR
Reviewed 8 September 2014

It is in question as to whether this 16th century edifice was indeed an inspiration for Charles Dickens, or a 19th century post-Dickens tourist ploy. Notwithstanding, and in spite of the awful carbuncles which surround it, The Old Curiosity Shop (Selling handmade shoes, by appointment...More

3  Thank Barty B
Reviewed 30 January 2014

One of the interesting attractions near Lincoln's Inn Fields is the 16th century shop found on Portsmouth Street, known as the Old Curiosity Shop. This shop has possible ties to the Charles Dicken's novel by the same name and is probably the oldest standing shop...More

4  Thank BradJill
Reviewed 7 August 2013

And not more than that. Today "The Old Curiosity Shop" is engulfed by the ever extending sprawl of the London School of Economics (LSE). The shop is a photo opportunity just like the statue of Sherlock Holmes on Marylebone Road. Difficult to get an uncluttered...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2016
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Nearby
Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet
cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or
quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on
the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially
convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an
excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit
practically any taste or budget. With major
attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House
...More
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