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Shopping in London

You do not "go shopping". You go to the shops or to market.

The Royal Exchange, built by Sir Thomas Gresham, was opened by the Queen in 1571, just in time for the shopping season, as sort of an Elizabethan shopping mall. A very prestigious building in the classical style, fine merchants of all sorts have set up shop here.

Royal Exchange
The main building features a huge, gilded grasshopper on the roof: Gresham's personal badge.

One-stop-shopping includes: Feather shops, Milliners, Wig makers, Ready made clothes (drapers), Imported accessories, Embroidered goods, Perfumes, Starches (used for ruffs).

When you can't find it at the Exchange...
Trade Street, Neighborhood, or District
[from John Stowe, A Survey of London, 1603]
Mercers and Haberdashers West Cheape & London Bridge
Goldsmiths Gutherons Lane
Pepperers and Grocers Bucklesberrie
Drapers Lombard Street and Cornhill
Skinners St. Mary Pellipers, Budge Row, & Walbrooke
Stock-fishmongers Thames Street
Wet-fishmongers Knight-riders Street & Bridge Street
Ironmongers Ironmongers Lane, Old Jurie, & Thames Street
Vintners The Vintree and various
Wigmakers Silver Street
Brewers Near the river (it's the water!)

The most exclusive jewelers and mercers are in Cheapside.

You can buy second-hand clothes in Birchin Lane, but people "of appearance" do not shop there.

There are no zoning laws. Shops, taverns, and residences live noisily side by side all over the city.

The Globe

Most of the really low company you may be looking for is probably hanging out in Southwark across the river. (Pronounce it SUTH-ook, "th" as in "bathe" and "ook" as in "book".) Naturally the bear garden (for bear baiting) is here, as are (eventually) the play houses and many of the stews.

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MaggiRos
26 March 2000 pkm