RAINY DAYS IN LONDON

Winds in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewin’ and ’bout to begin.

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Those rainy days in London. What to do?

The odds are that you’re going to need an umbrella when you visit London, so why not make an occasion of it and head somewhere really special.

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Welcome to James Smith & Sons Umbrellas.

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The James Smith & Sons Umbrellas is a fine example of Victorian shop front design and it remains as one of the most beautiful landmarks of Central London.

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These merchants of London’s finest umbrellas have been around since 1830.

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James Smith & Sons’ elegant and dapper store salesmen are sure to welcome you with a smile and possibly find you something best suited to your taste and style.

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As soon as you step in you can feel the history: original Victorian fittings with wood and mirror-panelled walls, cane chairs, framed black and white photos, and incredible wooden countertops.

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You’ll find a beautiful selection of umbrellas, parasols, walking sticks and seat sticks, mostly handmade using artisanal techniques to create unique designs.

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Timeless style that’s quintessentially British.

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You’ll find Mary Poppins’s Parrot Umbrella’s long lost cousin, and pretty much any other animal head you can imagine. 

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Quite an adventure for rainy days in London if you ask me.

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And you just might be a new and proud owner of the coolest umbrella in town.

James Smith & Sons Umbrellas, London | Karoliina Kazi

JAMES SMITH & SONS UMBRELLAS

Hazelwood House, 53 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BL  |  +44 (0) 207 836 4731  |  website

27 Comments

  1. 20th March 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Amazing post! London is a place I badly wish to visit! I love such old shops where you can actually feel the existence of the past events and the vintage style environment!

    • 22nd March 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you, that’s so sweet! We’re so lucky that London still has many traditional stores and boutiques and I think its so important to support small business owners.

  2. 20th March 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Looks gorgeous and interesting. Like going back to 19th century London. I can imagine the gentlemen walking with those umbrellas in streets of London 100 years ago! 🙂

    • 22nd March 2017 / 1:28 pm

      You still see it today as well but I can imagine even more back then 🙂

  3. 20th March 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I have never seen an umbrella shop! One of the many reasons I need to travel abroad and see things I’d never heard of or thought of. Now I want to go buy an umbrella from this place!

    • 22nd March 2017 / 1:29 pm

      It’s been around so long, Im sure its still there when you do come to London 🙂

  4. 20th March 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Beautiful pictures. And, those umbrella heads are so pretty. If I ever go to London, I am definitely visiting this shop and buying at least 3 umbrellas!

    • 22nd March 2017 / 1:30 pm

      Thank you!! Sounds like a great plan and I’m sure these umbrellas will last you all your life! x

  5. 21st March 2017 / 12:06 am

    Oh my goodness! The history in this place! Walking inside must feel like stepping back in time. If it gives an excuse to go to a place like that then I say…BRING ON THE RAIN! 😉

  6. 21st March 2017 / 11:39 am

    Ah rainy days in London and April showers will soon be underway. I love see-through umbrellas, those are my new favourites.

    • 21st March 2017 / 8:23 pm

      I love as well, especially the really round ones 🙂

  7. 21st March 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Those look like some amazing umbrellas. It does make me miss the month that I was there in London. Lots of rainy days then.

    • 22nd March 2017 / 1:32 pm

      They were all wonderful and I saw so many unusual umbrellas 🙂

  8. 21st March 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Toi sun sateenvarjo on aivan ihana! Katoin jo instagramissa että mun on ihan pakko löytää jostakin tommonen samammoinen 😀

    • 21st March 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Se oli sellainen halppis niistä turistikojuista ja hajosi tuulessa kun otettiin noita kuvia 🙂 Netistä varmasti löytyy ja toivottavasti joku vähän kestävämpi yksilö 🙂 Jos et löydä niin laita viestiä ja minä voin tuoda seuraavalla Helsingin reissulla 🙂 koomista että kirjoitin noista laadukkaista sateenvarjoista ja sit otettiin kuvat rihkamalla – mut toimi kivasti sen 5-10min 🙂

  9. 21st March 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Those walking sticks are the real deal. I love how they have this quintessential Britishness to them.

    • 22nd March 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Yes, I can imagine Mr Banks walking with one of those 🙂

  10. 22nd March 2017 / 1:33 am

    That shop looks so charming and adorable! Def can see myself spending lots of time there digging through things!

    • 22nd March 2017 / 1:34 pm

      So glad you also like it, it’s beautiful and so full of treasures and history 🙂

  11. 22nd March 2017 / 7:30 am

    London looks so pretty, even on a rainy day! I definitely hope to visit there one day.

    • 22nd March 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Hi Kait! As a huge Disney fan – did you recognise the first line?

  12. 25th March 2017 / 12:32 am

    Now I know what souvenir to buy from London when I finally visit (maybe in a few years though). I didn’t even know they have this umbrella shop!

  13. oindrila98
    3rd April 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Never thought umbrellas could have such varieties! 😍 Seems like I have to visit London just to get one of these. <3

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