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Cecil Court

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Address: Between Charing Cross Road & St. Martin's Lane, London, England
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If you like books ...

I love this pedestrian street lined with book shops, music shops, and a couple of antique stores. The book shops all specialize in the owner's personal taste (one is mostly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
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Liberty, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I love this pedestrian street lined with book shops, music shops, and a couple of antique stores. The book shops all specialize in the owner's personal taste (one is mostly devotes to Lewis Carroll's works) with some first editions, signed copies and quite a few of more affordable paperbacks. I find treasures here every visit to London.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a fascinating pedestrianised Court in the heart of the West End, and quintessentially English. The shopfronts are quaint and you could browse for hours here looking for old maps, books, 'objets d'art' and other curios. It is only a short walk from Covent Garden but unlike that place has no pretensions to 'crowd-pleasing'. I love to walk through... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderful Antiquarians, possibility to get printed music memorabilia (as programmes, sheet music, magazines) from the 60s and 70s, great for beautiful books as for example early Beatrix Potter editions, folio editions of Oscar Wilde's tales, but also something you can buy as souvenier as some old grubby roman coins. You pay probably more than in a less popular area, but... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Cecil Court is a quaint lane, a pedestrian street tucked between the hustle and bustle of Charing Cross Rd. and St. Martin’s Lane, a stone’s throw from Trafalgar and Leceister Square. It’s filled with all manner of book shops each with a particular specialty – antiquarian, children’s books, art books, secondhand books, New Age and ephemera. It’s a great place... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

A fun little alley but really suffers from loss of Tracey Brett. She was quite a charactor and one of my favorite stops when in London. She's now just online at Talenabrett.com (Notions Antiquaria). Good stuff but I miss her cranky self.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

I was really thankful when I went there, tip from a friend, and found out what they got: a whole street full of the most peculiar shops: only-maps shops, only-child-books shops, only-war-uniforms shops, only-esoterism-tings shops. it was a true gift to go there! a must-see, I highly recomend it!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

At the turn of the 20th century this picturesque street became established as the first home of the British film industry.All the main distributors were located here.Then subsequently it moved to Wardour Street.No sign of its previous life now,lots of small shops.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

A part of old London that visitors rarely see. A cornucopia of individual shops in a quiet turning off busy Charing Cross Road and the historic hub of Britain's emerging film industry, this turning has antiques, rare books, prints, music, theatre memorabilia, contemporary art - the list is almost endless, there is even a shop that makes costume jewellery for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

A charming lane with London character and delightful shops. We come here every time we are in town for shopping. Booksellers, antiquarians and coins.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Step into this street (marked but unnamed on most maps) running between St Martin's Lane and Charing Cross Rd. and you leave swinging London behind for a quiet lane of tiny boutiques selling collectible books, engravings & sheet music of a calmer past. All the sellers I spoke to were both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they had on offer.... More 

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Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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