Esoteric London

No. 176: Tufton Street, SW1

Posted in London Types, Shops by esotericlondon on November 1, 2010

Wippell and Company, 11 Tufton Street, London, SW1.Photo © Roger Dean 2010

In the Days of Bicycles and Bustles – R D Blumenfeld, 1930:

Shopkeepers in the Burlington Arcade are again complaining about the obstruction caused at the Piccadilly entrance by the young bloods from Tufnell Park and Acton and Tooting Bec, who congregate there after five o’clock in the afternoon, all dressed up in frock coats, highly polished hats and lavender gloves. They stand tightly wedged together leaning on their gold and silver-mounted sticks, looking bored and imagine that they give the impression to passers-by that they are all heirs to peerages and great estates and are just out for an airing.

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  1. Jay said, on November 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Priceless! Come on all men, more lavender gloves please!
    Really enjoying this daily. Jay


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