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27 July 2009

Visit the Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop, at 13-14 Portsmouth Street near the London School of Economics buildings, claims to be the inspiration for Charles Dickens' novel of the same name. The shop was built in the 1560s, and is rare in that it was spared by both the Great Fire of London and the Blitz.

In fact, the name was added after the novel was published, but people did believe that it was the inspiration for Dickens' description of the antique shop. In the 1990s, Daita Kimura began his business designing and making hand made shoes in the building, but the name of "The Old Curiosity Shop" remains. For more on the shop visit http://www.curiosityuk.com

Click here to see the location on a map.

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