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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 131

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 131 The Tour de France has started!!! In honour of this most amazing race let’s explore the bicycle shops of London. Sheen today and owners of the World’s oldest bicycle shop! Established in 1860, the shop has remained in the same family for over 150 years. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 130

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 130 It’s Sunday and continuing the Sunday theme, we find ourselves in New Cross and the One Stop Christian Resource Centre! Brilliant I do hate to shop around. SE14 5DJ ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 129

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 129 This is the sort of thing that needs doing on a Saturday isn’t it?! Why are shoe repairs and key cutting and engraving so intertwined? 5 Devonshire Road Forest Hill SE23 3HE ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 128

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 128 Last hairdresser today so thought we visit a true Londoner @VidalSassoon 1928-2010 was born in Hammersmith and lived Shepherd’s Bush.  Due to poverty as a single parent, his mother placed Sassoon and his younger brother in a Jewish orphanage, where they stayed for seven years until he was […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 127

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 127 Winchmore Hill N21 today.  Love a hand painted sign.  Wonder if it has anything to do with the 1968 B Movie Classic staring Jane Fonda. Why do all Barber’s have the same 5 photos of mens’ hair cuts?  I don’t think they’ve changed for at […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 126

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 126 Trendy Hoxton and one for the Germans….no nonsense barbers.  I must say I am falling more and more in love with the shops in the middle of The Tower, you really realise how unique each one is. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 125

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 125 One of my all time favourites. Kennington. Looks like it’s been there forever. Apparently they used to straighten out Bob Marley’s dreads after he’d been playing football in Kennington Park! ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 124

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 124 From foot to head – let’s delve into the hairdressing establishments of the capital this week. 1st up Morning Lane, Hackney. Yuppies! The term ‘young urban professional’ or ‘young upwardly-mobile professional’ is ‘ a young university educated adult who has a job that pays a […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 123

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 123 I’m in Italy and it’s the last day of shoes so we go to possibly the king of women’s shoes.  Born in Romagna, Italy (a region very close to my heart) in the 1930’s and inheriting his father’s tools and artisan traditions, Rossi worked through […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 122

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 122 Shoes Shoes Shoes (& Boots) not just fashion 129 Whitechapel Road E1 today and we’re off to buy some work clothes. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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