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Stapleton Spitalfields

Stapleton’s, Spitalfields

If you look up on Commercial Street in Spitalfields you’ll spot a decorative relief showing; Stapleton’s Established 1842. It’s above a wide door which now houses a vintage market, but used to be a repository.   Repository It's not as dodgy as it sounds - it just means store...

The Full Monty

Burton: “The Full Monty”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 1900 an 18 year old Lithuanian emigre Montague Burton arrived in Britain and borrowed £100 to set up a menswear business, selling bespoke and ready to wear suits in Chesterfield. By 1952, the year Montague died, there were an impressive 616 Burton stores in the...

You could hear a pin drop

Coffee Houses: “You could hear a pin drop…”

Gone are the days where instant coffee is passable in London. With independent and small-scale roasters doing a roaring trade and public taste becoming increasingly picky, it’s easy to imagine what a commotion the odd little beans caused when first introduced to London c.1650. As with any new...

The Hut in Soho Square

The Hut in Soho Square

The lopsided, friendly-looking little hut in the centre of Soho Square has a quaint charm. But if you're hoping for an authentic Tudor building I'm afraid I can't help you. So what is the story of the Hut in Soho Square? Soho Square The square itself was laid out...