Agree Paul.. When i lived in London, i used to visit Davenports and International magic nearly every weekend. Sadly both places are not ideally suited for visiting, where you have issues parking outside International magic, due to crazy and greedy parking charges, and as you mentioned, a sad location for davenports, which is the oldest magic shop in the world and deserves a better area to run their business.. Also, its amazing to think, these are the only 2 bricks and mortar magic shops in London.Mandrake wrote:With some time to kill last Friday afternoon I thought I'd nip down and see if Davenports was in a better situation than the last time I visited a few years ago. Nope, the area was still the same. At the far end of an almost deserted underground passage with only a Fancy Dress Shop and Fitness Machine Shop for company, all other units being closed and shuttered. Litter everywhere and three homeless guys dossing down - two of them right up against Davenport's window. As there was only one guy serving and he had a customer I didn't bother going in, the window display was good and attractive but, to be honest, the scruffy location put me right off. OK that's not Davenports' fault but it can't be helping their business much. Really they need to find a better location.
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