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Cecil Court

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Address: Between Charing Cross Road & St. Martin's Lane, London, England
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One of our favorite streets in London!

Really beautiful little alley with unique artisan, antiquarian and literary shops, all on an intimate scale.

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Princeton, New Jersey
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Really beautiful little alley with unique artisan, antiquarian and literary shops, all on an intimate scale.

1 Thank DrakeBaer
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

The meeting of Christopher St James was an experience I'll never forget. What an amazingly talented man with so many stories to tell. His jewellery was the thing that drew my daughter and I into this shop. Just dazzling!!! I ended up buying a Josephine Baker brooch after Christopher told me how it was made and his personal friendship with... More 

2 Thank Roz P
Liberty, Missouri
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

I love this pedestrian street lined with book shops, music shops, and a couple of antique stores. The book shops all specialize in the owner's personal taste (one is mostly devotes to Lewis Carroll's works) with some first editions, signed copies and quite a few of more affordable paperbacks. I find treasures here every visit to London.

2 Thank GayeS545
Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a fascinating pedestrianised Court in the heart of the West End, and quintessentially English. The shopfronts are quaint and you could browse for hours here looking for old maps, books, 'objets d'art' and other curios. It is only a short walk from Covent Garden but unlike that place has no pretensions to 'crowd-pleasing'. I love to walk through... More 

4 Thank WMIM
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Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderful Antiquarians, possibility to get printed music memorabilia (as programmes, sheet music, magazines) from the 60s and 70s, great for beautiful books as for example early Beatrix Potter editions, folio editions of Oscar Wilde's tales, but also something you can buy as souvenier as some old grubby roman coins. You pay probably more than in a less popular area, but... More 

2 Thank Penny L
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Cecil Court is a quaint lane, a pedestrian street tucked between the hustle and bustle of Charing Cross Rd. and St. Martin’s Lane, a stone’s throw from Trafalgar and Leceister Square. It’s filled with all manner of book shops each with a particular specialty – antiquarian, children’s books, art books, secondhand books, New Age and ephemera. It’s a great place... More 

1 Thank William T
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 1 March 2016

A fun little alley but really suffers from loss of Tracey Brett. She was quite a charactor and one of my favorite stops when in London. She's now just online at Talenabrett.com (Notions Antiquaria). Good stuff but I miss her cranky self.

1 Thank Georg P
State of Sao Paulo
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

I was really thankful when I went there, tip from a friend, and found out what they got: a whole street full of the most peculiar shops: only-maps shops, only-child-books shops, only-war-uniforms shops, only-esoterism-tings shops. it was a true gift to go there! a must-see, I highly recomend it!

1 Thank CarolineMicaelia
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

At the turn of the 20th century this picturesque street became established as the first home of the British film industry.All the main distributors were located here.Then subsequently it moved to Wardour Street.No sign of its previous life now,lots of small shops.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

A part of old London that visitors rarely see. A cornucopia of individual shops in a quiet turning off busy Charing Cross Road and the historic hub of Britain's emerging film industry, this turning has antiques, rare books, prints, music, theatre memorabilia, contemporary art - the list is almost endless, there is even a shop that makes costume jewellery for... More 

2 Thank Spike G

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