Umbrellas, a London Staple

If you are the type of person who likes to visit stores that truly represent a city you cannot ignore James Smith & Sons in London.

I first heard of this store through a good friend who has lived here longer than I have but it took me a while to actually go there. I needed a special gift to a special friend and what better symbol of London and its rain than an umbrella? 

I assure you though that what you get at James Smith & Sons is not 'just an umbrella'. They are handmade, sometimes in one single piece of wood. You have the most exquisite handles and a type of craftsmanship that seems long forgotten by most fast shopping places.

Where? Very close to the Holborn subway station (which means very central).

53 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BL