Urban Sightseeing: #5 Money's Too Tight

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Urban Sightseeing: #5 Money's Too Tight
The old world charm of James Hardy & Co., Brompton Road, SW3
The old world charm of James Hardy & Co., Brompton Road, SW3
Lovely curved windows at J. A. Lake, Camden High Street, NW1
Lovely curved windows at J. A. Lake, Camden High Street, NW1
The pawnbroker sign of Harvey & Thompson, Chalk Farm Road, NW1
The pawnbroker sign of Harvey & Thompson, Chalk Farm Road, NW1
The wonderful neon signs of Robertsons, Edgware Road, W1
The wonderful neon signs of Robertsons, Edgware Road, W1
All that remains of the elaborate frontage of Goldsmiths, High Holborn, WC2
All that remains of the elaborate frontage of Goldsmiths, High Holborn, WC2
Too late for B & H Jewellers, Kentish Town Road, NW1
Too late for B & H Jewellers, Kentish Town Road, NW1
Dawson & Briant, Kentish Town Road, NW5.
Dawson & Briant, Kentish Town Road, NW5.
The fantastic New York-esque signage of Thompson Ltd above Navals Jewellers, Kilburn High Road, NW6
The fantastic New York-esque signage of Thompson Ltd above Navals Jewellers, Kilburn High Road, NW6
Fish Brothers Jewellers had shops all over east London and Essex. This clock is in High Road Leytonstone, E11.
Fish Brothers Jewellers had shops all over east London and Essex. This clock is in High Road Leytonstone, E11.
The beautiful frontage of Schwar & Co, Walworth Road, SE17, who offer best prices for gold and watches
The beautiful frontage of Schwar & Co, Walworth Road, SE17, who offer best prices for gold and watches

Every cloud has a silver lining, but occasionally that lining is gold. Pawnbrokers report a considerable upturn in trade, brought on by the lack of loans being offered by banks, and the continuing strong price of gold. Many of the high street pawnbrokers—such as Cash Converters, who claim that their half-year profits have doubled—are planning to open more shops as their businesses continue to benefit from the UK recession.

So, while the economy is down, raid your jewellery box and pay a visit to your local jeweller or pawnbroker, who might surprise you with a wad of notes and and the information that your gran's old ring is quite unusual and should attract some interest on the open market. We tracked down the more charming frontages and doorways of some hidden gems.

By Jane. You can see more of Jane's London photo collections, covering everything from boot scrapers to weather vanes, over at Janeslondon and Jane's Flickrstream.

Last Updated 04 March 2009