The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel written by Charles Dickens. It’s also the oldest standing store in London– built in 1567. An inscription on the shop’s exterior claims that it is the exact locale immortalised in Dickens’ book, but others say the shop took its name after publication. Either way, The Old Curiosity Shop is a 16th-century construction that has survived the Great Fire of London and the Blitz, and has been trading for nearly 400 years. Tucked into a corner of Portsmouth Street in central London, surrounded by modern buildings, the shop draws visitors mostly because it is a testament to ages past. Now selling designer shoes, The Old Curiosity Shop is best known for its improbably robust structure– its sloping ceilings and creaking wooden floors. The shop offers visitors a well-preserved window into the look of London from a faraway time.
The Old Curiosity Shop
13-14 Portsmouth St, Holborn
London WC2A 2ES
Open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 7.00pm
+44 20 7405 9891