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Our top five umbrella-ella-ella shops

Posted at 10:00 am, January 4, 2014 in Shopping & Style

James Smith Sons umbrella shop Don’t let the drizzly weather rain on your parade. Here are five of the best brolly and parasol purveyors in town:

1. James Smith & Sons
Umbrella and walking stick stockist of choice for Prime Ministers Bonar Law and William Gladstone, this elegant Holborn retailer has been doing business since 1830. 53 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BL

2. Swaine Adeney Brigg
Founded in 1750, SAB is London’s oldest umbrella outlet and the gentleman’s outfitter can lay claim to both the iconic Brigg umbrella and Indiana Jones’s famed felt fedora from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’. 54 St. James’s Street, SW1A 1JT

3. Liberty
The mock tudor-fronted fashion emporium is renowned for its quintessentially English fabrics; unsurprisingly it also produces elegant umbrellas in trademark peacock-feather print. Great Marlborough Street, W1B 5AH

4. Octopus
If Lady Gaga had an impromptu ‘Singing in the Rain’ moment, she’d be advised to pop into Octopus for the brightest of brollies, topped off with a choice of doll’s head or fluffy cat. Not the Mary Poppins look. 172 Portobello Road, W11 2EB

5. Squid London
London College of Fashion grads are behind these extraordinary colour-changing umbrellas encircled with London landscapes.  Snap one up and you’ll only be happy when it rains…

And here’s 35 reasons why rain is better than sunshine. In need of some sheltered entertainment? Take a look at our Rainy Day London feature.

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