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Unseen city: London shop fronts take centre stage

Posted at 8:30 am, June 8, 2012 in Fun London, Photos of London, Secret London

However much we think we know about London (and we think we know everything), the city is so familiar that there’s bound to be things that slip by unnoticed. We go past things every day that we don’t really pay attention to. Luckily, there is someone, somewhere on the internet picking up the slack. Emily Webber’s blog ‘London Shop Fronts’ are an homage to one of London’s forgotten features – the humble shop front. Her daily photo blog is a beautifully simple idea – she captures everything from newsagents and chicken shops to hairdressers from the back of her green vespa as she zips about town. Made up of thousands of individual pictures, seen as a whole the blog really manages to capture the character of the city. Idle minutes can be passed scrolling through trying to pick out your local offie. Ellie Clayton

For the full collection, see londonshopfronts.comIf Emily Webber’s shop fronts float your boat, check out Alan Dein’s photo exhibition ‘After you’ve gone, East End Shop Fronts 1988’, at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archive. 

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