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“MAGICAL STREET.”
Review of Cecil Court

Cecil Court
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$35.26*
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Harry Potter Film Locations Walking Tour
Ranked #572 of 1,749 things to do in London
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

This is a magical place. It is famous for being the model for Diagon Alley, but PLEASE forget this. It is far more interesting than this, and full of history. Read about it, walk up and down and drink in it's atmosphere. It is old London at it's best. It is the original Flicker Alley, the birth of the movie industry, how good is that? The shops here are wonderful, eccentric places. It is one of the last places left with proper individual, independent shops. I collect vintage jewellery and this street has one of the best shops ever. It is Christopher St. James at No 12. His stuff is amazing. He makes for some of the top movies as well as West End and Broadway shows and catwalks. His shop is very glam, with pieces on show worn by great Hollywood stars like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Dietrich, and many more.. Last week I saw a fabulous collection of pieces used in Downton Abbey. There is also a great antique shop called Mark Sullivan, full of incredible bits and pieces. I defy you not to want to buy something here. There are also antique maps, books, prints, coins, and poster art. I would'nt bother with all the clone shops in Covent Garden, this is the REAL Covent Garden, like it used to be, like it should be, truly magical. I love it. GO GO GO.

4  Thank Harry M
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

I've been coming here for years and love this little alley. It is a but like stepping back in time, with each shop having a little swing sign outside. There are lots of antique and old map and militaria shops. The guy who does the jewellery for Downton Abbey and certain Hollywood blockbusters can be found here (not everything is for sale, but the stuff that is is fantastic!). But most of all I go for the books. There are some VERY good second hand bookshops here, but I go mainly for Watkins, purveryors of esoteric books since the late 1800s. A great place stuffed full with books on health, religion, magic and the weird and wonderful. You never know who you will meet here. And they do free evenings with authors too. Cannot recommend this place enough. Never miss visiting whenever I'm in London.

3  Thank lodesgymraeg
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Every trip to London, Cecil Court is one of the first stops that we make when venturing out. It's a lovely little "street." If you love books, you will be in awe of what they have to offer. So much to see, so much to read! :) Always a great experience and can't wait to get back there on our next trip.

3  Thank AAORD1
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Its like a step back in time and Watkins book shop is my favourite place to hang out in the area. Whether you are looking for interesting books on spiritual development, CDs, crystals or a tarot reading. Its a great place to visit.

1  Thank antihorder
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Cecil Court is a wonderful street full of individual antique book shops and a fantastic print shop 'The Witch Ball' run by Rosslyn Glassman who is very knowledgeable, patient and charming and has some really interesting travel prints at reasonable prices. Another shop I love is Christopher St James' jewellery shop which is full of larger than life costume jewellery which he designs. This gem of a street is a must for anybody interested in ensuring the sustainability of small shops in the centre of London.

2  Thank Jayne H
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