This legendary umbrella shop has stood on the corner of New Oxford Street for more than 150 years and still retains some of its original Victorian fittings. Its contents have barely changed in that time either: housing probably the most comprehensive array of rain-avoiders and walking sticks you could hope to find. It’s an old-fashioned gem.
London has more than its fair share of identical high street chains – you can’t turn a corner in the city without stumbling upon an endless conveyor belt of Starbucks and Prets. But it’s also a place to indulge in some of life’s more niche concerns. Whether you wish to peruse the wares of a very particular whim or worship at the retail altar of your favourite obsession, London has a shop to suit. Very, very into smart-casual waistcoats? There’ll be a place for that. Devoted your life to the pursuit of the perfect mustard? Just let us consult our map.
We know one man’s door knob collection is another (wo)man’s barrel-aged whisky, so here’s our pick of London’s most niche, specialist and unusual shops.
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