Gentleman's Club


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Business/Location: James Smith & Sons
Address: 53 New Oxford St
City: London
State: England
Post Code: WC1A 1BL
Phone: 020 7836 4731
Website: www.james-smith.co.uk

Posted by:  Lee Mannion
Photo:  Lee Mannion
   James Smith & Sons
What must if have felt like to be a gentleman? To stroll in London's streets while horse drawn carriages rattled by as street urchins sold papers and Dick Van Dyke popped out of a nearby chimney? For a whiff of how it might have been, step inside, sir (or madam). Here you will find the smartly dressed proprietor offering old-fashioned service to even the brashest tourist that might torture him again with that word 'quaint'. In all directions you will see umbrellas and sticks of every description and it's been that way for 140 years in its present location. It's a handsome building from the outside too, smart and imposing, these days having to suffer the indignity of a comic shop tucked under its armpit. If it had lips the upper one would be stiff in the face of Shaftesbury Avenue's incessant roar and gaudy theatre productions, its demeanour set solid against the nearby encroachment of Subway and the like. One day all establishments were like this. Step inside and be transported to another time.






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