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1885 they knew it as Chancery Lane Safe Deposit. Well, off people would put their valuables there. Eventually, it became a place for dealers to sell their Silver. Family-run businesses have dominated this site for decades. With specialists and items dating from most historic periods of time, from 16th C to up-to-date designs. Thought to be one of the biggest selection of silver shops anywhere.
WW2 damage to the above buildings, but not the vaults as they have steel lined reinforced walls, some 1.2m thick in construction. This enabled a facelift in 1953, which is the current format of the buildings underground set out as corridors of retail outlets.
Visitors over time Servicemen from overseas, A-Listers, Music stars, Film stars, Wealthy aristocrats, collectors, tourists, royalty. Photographs on the wall inside the lounge customer area, showed the Pianist Liberace purchasing his candelabra, and Anthony Armstrong Jones in the heyday of his relationship with Princess Margaret, making headlines what he might have purchased. One store had a photo of Princess Diana.
It’s free to the public to browse. No photos. They have a water fountain entry hall lounge area just before the shopping area starts. Check website for details
Opening times: Mon – Fri – 9am – 5.30pm Sat 9am- 1pm
LONDON WC2A 1QS