Churchill’s Cigars , Hats and Ancient Shops of St James

Where Churchill bought his cigars

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The area around St James Palace in London has many ancient shops and in this splendid walk Joolz visits some of them including hat shops and cigar shops. The whole area is rich with London history.

There’s Lock and co. where they claim to have invented the bowler hat and Lobb where you can see the first Wellington boot.

Further along there is James Fox, where Winston Churchill bought his cigars for over 50 years.

There are also many gentlemen’s clubs and narrow 17th century passages leading to old stables and a club where Jimi Hendrix met his girlfriend, also frequented by the Beatles and Rolling Stones.

Joolz also visits the hat shop where they made the hats for Indiana Jones, James Bond, Dr Who and Downton Abbey.

There is also a visit to the Red Lion pub which has the second oldest licence in London.

All this and more in this splendid London walk.

With music by Lil Lost Lou featuring Chris Tophill and Simon Goodall

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