James Smith & Sons

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James Smith & Sons umbrella shop on New Oxford Street, London
Interior of the shop

James Smith & Sons is an umbrella shop in London. The premises in New Oxford Street is Grade II* listed.[1]

History[edit]

It was founded by James Smith as a single shop in Foubert's Place in 1830.[2] Further branches were established in Savile Row and New Burlington Street and the main premises is now in New Oxford Street. The shop-fittings there were constructed around 1865 and the shop still has a traditional Victorian character.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

  • James Smith and Sons is also mentioned in the book A Spy Among Friends where Philby, one of the main characters in the book, owns an umbrella from the store
  • In the movie “Spooks - The Greater Good”, James Smith and Sons is used as dead drop point for agents contacting each other covertly.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "James Smith and Sons (1113171)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "History". James Smith. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  3. ^ Parker, Olivia (17 Feb 2012), "London's top shops: James Smith & Sons umbrella shop", Daily Telegraph 
  4. ^ Raeside, Julia (2015-08-17). "Partners in Crime episode four recap – a brolly good adventure". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 

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Coordinates: 51°31′01″N 0°07′36″W / 51.516841°N 0.126660°W / 51.516841; -0.126660