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Nice Specialized Fountain Pen Shops In London


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#1 idanro

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 16:11

Hi all,

I am planning for a two days trip to London and I kindly ask for your help in indicating some fine, specialized fountain pen (small) shops.
I am looking especially for some good / nice inks like Diamine, Noodler's... and fountain pen brands like Sailor, Platinum, TWSBI...
Also looking for some high quality agenda, notebooks, paper... Maybe Tomoe River 😎
I prefer brand new products.

Thank you!
Dan

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 19:15

Sadly, London doesn't have many shops with knowledgeable staff. Bureau Direct does have a shop dealing with paper products, inks and modern pens. I know some of their staff, and can confirm that they do know what they are talking about.

Henry Simpole has a stall in the Admiral Vernon arcade at Potobello market on a Saturday morning.

There is a chain, The Pen Shop, with varying levels of knowledge in their staff.

Outside of London, there isThe Writing Desk in Bury St Edmunds, Write Here in Shrewsbury and FG Thomas in Sheffield.

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 19:40

I didnt know about Bureau Direct in London, View, thanks for that tip.

 

The address is 89-91 Scrubs Lane, White City, London NW10 6QU

 

(not the most charming of addresses!)

 

As has been said, London is not well served for the products you are looking for, sorry. In terms of department stores try Selfridges or go to The Writing Room in Harrods.

 

Hope that you enjoy London.


 


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 21:54

Thank you for your answers 😊
It is unbelievable for me that London is so fountain pen unfriendly...
There should be some well hidden small shops full of rare writing instruments and fine paper.

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 23:49

I didnt know about Bureau Direct in London, View, thanks for that tip.

 

The address is 89-91 Scrubs Lane, White City, London NW10 6QU

 

(not the most charming of addresses!)

 

As has been said, London is not well served for the products you are looking for, sorry. In terms of department stores try Selfridges or go to The Writing Room in Harrods.

 

Hope that you enjoy London.

They advise no parking but on their website do say which the nearest tube stations are.  BTW White City includes the Westfield Centre - though they are the other end up Acton way from what I remember.


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 23:44

Selfridges and Harrods have narrow down their pen selling. The good vintage pen shop which was in the Burlington Arcade in Picadilly has gone forever. Unfortunately they are very slim pen selles now-a-days.

Resenly I visited the Portobello Road Market Pen seller. It is just serviving and it is too pity about all the pen sellers who are just trying to keep the fountain pens living with lot of efforts.


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:38

I wonder if the disappearance of London pen shops has more to do with London property prices than with any change in the fountain pen market? That would explain why our best pen retailers are all outside London.


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:40

I wonder if the disappearance of London pen shops has more to do with London property prices than with any change in the fountain pen market? That would explain why our best pen retailers are all outside London.

 

I suspect this is the reason. No retailers want to be in London anymore.  -_-



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Posted 08 February 2018 - 08:26

how very interesting.

 

I would have thought London would certainly have had a few specialist shops catering for the market. That has certainly come as a surprise. I was considering visiting a few when i got back home. Department stores just don't have the same experienced staff. Maybe one day handwriting will come back into vogue, its a dying art form atm, :(



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Posted 08 February 2018 - 13:35

Closest places to London with a large selection of pens/manufacturers are probably Writing Desk in Bury St Edmunds and Write Here in Shrewsbury.


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 10:36

And both Bury St Ed's and Shrewsbury are charming small towns well worth a visit, as well as having pen shops.


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 20:55

Thank you OP. Going to fly into Heathrow in June, pick up a rental car and tour England and Scotland for two weeks. Not touring   London. Been there 3 times and will return again. Too much to see and do. We want to enjoy the countryside and local pubs etc. 

Now I can do a few pen shops. 



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Posted 26 February 2018 - 19:39

If you head to Sheffield on your travels FG Thomas has a nice selection of old Parkers and Sheaffer Pens . Call before hand and ask for Gary .

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 19:50

If you do venture into London Penfriend is still trading and I just bought a lovely Conway Stewart from them. However, they are no longer in Burlington Arcade but do appointments and have a wonderful selection of pens.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 23:36

If you do venture into London Penfriend is still trading and I just bought a lovely Conway Stewart from them. However, they are no longer in Burlington Arcade but do appointments and have a wonderful selection of pens.

Where they based now - I'd heard the owner had wound them up around the time he left Burlington Arcade.


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 07:10

Where they based now - I'd heard the owner had wound them up around the time he left Burlington Arcade.

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 16:38

I have been to London many times and can't remember even one pen shop that stands out in my memory.
 
So sad as I would think London would be a great place for our hobby.  
 
Last time I was there I did go the Harrods's and they did have a nice shop, but as would be expected, they would not "deal".  I was ready to purchase 3 pens, but alas, no discount whatsoever.   So off I went.   But still had the pleasure of perusing. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 17:18

 

I have been to London many times and can't remember even one pen shop that stands out in my memory.
 
So sad as I would think London would be a great place for our hobby.  
 
Last time I was there I did go the Harrods's and they did have a nice shop, but as would be expected, they would not "deal".  I was ready to purchase 3 pens, but alas, no discount whatsoever.   So off I went.   But still had the pleasure of perusing. 

 

 

 

You might have to up your buying a little. The 7th Emir of Qatar was a regular at the Writing Room in Harrods and  used to buy pens as gifts for people who came to see him, often Visconti products. A confirmed negotiator of prices although he spent in excess of £1million.

 

 

Three pens may not be quite enough.








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