Piccadilly Market’s Neighbours: Paxton & Whitfield


Walking to Piccadilly Market this morning I took the back way along Jermyn Street. Suddenly there was the unmistakable smell of unrefrigerated Brie. Sure enough, Paxton & Whitfield were open and doing brisk trade with early morning customers.

This wonderful shop — who are not paying me to write this — started off as a cheese stall at Aldwych market in 1742.

Winston Churchill observed: “A gentleman buys his hats at Locks, his shoes at Lobbs, his shirts at Harvey and Hudson, his suits at Huntsman and his cheese at Paxton & Whitfield.”


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