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Shoe Shine in London

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Young Pro, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. Young Pro

    Young Pro Senior member

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    I am going to be working in London for the next few months.
    Where can one get a decent shoe shine in the City? I work near Bank station.
    My google and forum searches did not yield a definitive answer on the subject.

    Many thanks everyone.
     
  2. R.O. Thornhill

    R.O. Thornhill Senior member

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    Burlington arcade is the only place I know of - but that won't help you much

    Your office might have someone who comes around and does shoeshines, though - mine does
     
  3. Loudly

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    Leadenhall Market is the place to go near Bank.

    It's "decent" but doesn't hold a candle to a NYC shoeshine....
     
  4. Winot

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    There's a French guy called Marc who does shoeshine at lunchtimes next to Bow church on Cheapside (a 2 min walk from Bank). £3.50 a pop.

    Edit to add - and you can pop in to Graham Browne tailors in Well Court (off Bow Lane) while you're at it.
     
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    The one in Burlington arcade is using Kiwi polish...
    I nearly stopped and told him to get some saphir products...
    He is quite busy especially with tourists...
     
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  6. R.O. Thornhill

    R.O. Thornhill Senior member

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    The one in Burlington arcade is using Kiwi polish...
    I nearly stopped and told him to get some saphir products...
    He is quite busy especially with tourists...


    Agree - should have clarified, this is the only place I know where to get a shoe shine in London; as for a good shoe shine I have no idea

    Just passed him now, and he was definitely busy
     
  7. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    Try shining them yourself. Better result and it's free.
     
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  8. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Try shining them yourself. Better result and it's free.

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    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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  10. Young Pro

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    Try shining them yourself. Better result and it's free.

    I generally agree, but given that I'm here for a relatively short time, I've left my shoe cleaning kit and polishes at home. My long working hours are also not conducive to shining them myself.

    Was hoping that there would be a London equivalent to the near ubiquitous shoe shine stands one finds in NY, Chicago, etc. I guess they just don't exist here for some strange reason.
     
  11. fox81

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    i think there is someone in liverpool st station as well. thats not so far from bank
     
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    Justin Fitzpatrick (blogs at the Shoe Snob) is excellent. He's now at Gieves and Hawkes Savile Row in the morning and Selfridges in the afternoon. Shine from £5 for a basic iirc up to £20 for the full military parade shine.
     
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  15. shoeguide

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    Cant believe that Saphir is best they use that at Hilton Park Lane
    Kiwi full of chemicals no good for shoes at all
     
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    I'm 90% sure he actually uses Crockett & Jones products. I've been going to him at the Burlington Arcade for the past 3 years.
     
  17. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    Malford is right. I tried the Burlington fella and he did a less than two minute job. and a very mediocre shine. Worth it for the experience, but not so much for the outcome.

    Steve's shoe shine seems interesting.
     
  18. letsgofire

    letsgofire Senior member

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    Odd - I've had very different experiences at the Burlington Arcade. I would think a shoe shine is between 5 and 7 minutes depending on whether you get the standard or the premium service. He is rather popular and there is usually a short wait for him. In November he even started handing out loyalty cards (a stamp card that gets you a free shine after every X visits). I have found the quality to be excellent and go there frequently - perhaps it is worth a second try for you.

    Actually, maybe stay away and keep my queue short :)
     
  19. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    Didn't get those. How many shoe shine 'boys' are there at Burlington?
     

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