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James Smith & Sons, London

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Set in a historic Victorian shop, James Smith & Sons offers a vast selection of sophisticated umbrellas, canes, and seatsticks for women and men. This privately owned company was founded in 1830 by the same family that still runs the business. Notice the interior, featuring original dark wood and glass cabinets, which have remained practically intact since 1865. Some of the products in the store are still handmade in its basement workshop, just like in the old days. The shop also provides repair services. Put James Smith & Sons into our London trip itinerary website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I came here and was immediately helped by the very competent Jason, who showed me the canes, suggested a length, and helped me choose a cherry came with silver trim, a maple burl cane, and an acacia c...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    One of my favorite London shops, and a must stop on each visit. James Smith & Sons Umbrellas was established in 1830, and now reside in a Victorian store front in central London at 53 New Oxford Stree...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    In London with some business visitors from overseas and they asked to see very English things which are not in the guidebooks. A visit here confirmed the tradition and eccentricity of the English, who...  more »
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  • What a great shop. Enter the hologram. Go there even if you have no interest in umbrellas. And if you do, so much the better!
  • Expert assistance with all manner of things related to umbrellas and walking sticks. Yes, they sell modern umbrellas too and part of the service is the expert advice.
  • Showed me everything I needed to know abt umbrellas but I had to ask questions because they don't seem to talk unless you ask. Maybe it was how I was dressed but also they didn't mention the tax refund paper(don't forget to ask for it because they don't seem to mention it either, coulda saved 20£). Even tho I told them I was going to Canada with it. It's a solid umbrella. Very beautiful. But service is ok.... it's average
  • I bought a super cool umbrella and an excellent reduced Blackthorn root knob walking stick. Great inventory and very helpful staff.
  • Love the young fogey staff. Seem to live in an umbrella universe, distaneful of the uninitiated. Probably the best shop in London. Conjures up another age and time, never mind Dr Who, this is a time capsule.

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