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London is one of the most visited cities in the world with its rich history that dates back over 2000 years. There’s so much to do when you get off the plane anywhere from visiting historical sites, eating fish and chips, admiring the architecture, stalking the royal family, and of course, shopping. The list goes on and on each of them as exciting as the other!
If you are into shopping you are in the right city because London is one of the fashion capitals of the world, following others such as Paris, Milan and New York. Come here during London Fashion Week to see your favorite influencers and celebrities roaming the streets in stylish clothing by day and eating lavishly at the best restaurants by night.
What’s unique about the London shopping scene is that it’s not only exciting for its glorious designers and powerhouse retail stores like Harrods and Browns but is also exciting because you can find charming local and unique designers tucked in historical shops all around the city.
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This unique sight allows you to experience history and shop at the same time. The Old Curiosity Shop, built in 1567, still remains to be one of the oldest buildings in London. Its wooden exterior was built out of old ships and it’s frames on the ground floor originate back to the 17th century. In the 1800s a bookseller renovated the building and it still holds its shape today, since then the venue has been referred to as “The Old Curiosity Shop”.
This old shop is not only important because of its architecture but is also important because it is believed to have influenced Charles Dickens’ novel, The Old Curiosity Shop. As you guess it this is where it takes its name from. It is rumored that Dickens lived near the shop in London and wrote a story around it. It is a unique site to see and is a must go in our opinion.
The Shop has offered many different products in the years. It first started as a dairy store, later in the 1970s, it was a bookstore specializing in Charles Dickenson books. Now the space is used as a trial store where you can find unique handmade shoes by Japanese designer Daita Kimura.
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