Thomas Farthing

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At first glance the classic shop frontage and penny farthing bicycle appear to belong to an olde-worlde vintage shop, the kind you might find along Portobello Road, but take a peek inside and there's no whiff of moth balls. The reason is that the clothes and accessories are brand new but in the style of ‘20s and ’30 clobber. Given its location – just over the road from the British Museum – we're not at all surprised the shop has been a massive hit with tourists (including coach loads of Chinese shoppers) on the hunt for something distinctly British. Think of your stereotypical dapper gent (or lady) and the look is covered from top (cue the classic-style boaters, top hats and trilbys) to toe (hello hand-crafted brogues and spectator shoes). Naturally, there are plenty of Harris Tweed jackets, bow-ties (made for Thomas Farthing in London) and braces by Hunts and Holditch. We're sure it'll be popular with props and costume designers as much as it is Anglo-mad tourists. Clichés aside, it’s a good place to begin if you like classic Brit style but can’t bear wearing dead people’s clothes.

Venue name: Thomas Farthing
Address: 40 Museum Street

Opening hours: Open daily 10am-7pm.
Transport: Tube: Holborn
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My favourite shop in central London!! I have been visiting the shop almost weekly since it opened as I work close by, Every time is just as exciting as the first, always something new to entice me. There prices are really fair and the quality of the products are made to last. The staff in there are allways really friendly and wear old fashioned style clothes to match the interior and style of the shop...its like a mini museum of English heritage. Highly Recomend this shop to anyone shopping around the west end and that wants to get away fom the typical high street chains...its located oppersite the British museum on a street with charming little book shops and cafes.

Dale Hardy

Spent many a pound in this delightful, exciting, store. Great friendly and smartly dressed staff. Who bring out a real feel and flavour for the traditional side of London. The penny farthing seems a real hit with the tourists, many people taking snaps next to the historic piece. I was greeted with a tipple of brandy on one of my visits. I always look forward to my next visit to the store when I am around the Bloomsbury area. Totally worth a look if you find yourself walking past one day.