WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS CHARITY SHOP 148 Whitecross Street (020 7253 2763). They have some very good quality clothes – by no means cast-offs. It seems that some people hardly wear clothes before they give them away. Go and have a look. They are at the top of Whitecross Street, about 50 yards before you reach Old Street.

City Tailors 197 Whitecross Street ( John is a stylish Egyptian tailor who owns and runs City Tailors. He will make you a made-to-measure suit, but he is just as happy altering and mending people’s clothes.. He has a list of satisfied customers, including Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones, David Dimbleby, the TV presenter, and David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary.

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