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Discover # West End Gems #Cordings

A Quick Look At Some Of Central London's #West End Gems

Famous And Not So Famous


Cordings 19 Picadilly W1


John Charles Cording opened his first shop on the Strand in 1839 . By 1843 Cordings had started manufacturing the waterproof coats known as Mackintosh which are still sold in the store today. Considered the ultimate outdoor jacket they were used for everything from riding to motor racing.

Shortly the jackets were on the radar of anybody in the know, and soon the explorer

Henry Morton Stanley had purchased one to take on the quest to find Dr Livingstone

in 1871.

In the early 1900's Cordings moved to the current premises in Picadilly and the layout and decor of the store feels the same as it would have done then.

To prove the waterproofing abilities of the company, a canvas and leather boot was submerged in a tank of water and left in the shop window for customers to test with their hands. This boot became such a staple of the Picadilly area, that it was part of the Black Cab knowledge test.

Along the way a partnership with the rock star Eric Clapton, who just happened to be a

big customer, was put in place along with the current management team.

In 2003 a womens range was introduced and the company continues to go from strength to stength.

Cordings is a true #West End Gem. Pay them a visit if you are in the area, you will not be dissapointed.


West 1 Window Cleaning have been cleaning the Windows and Brass of Cordings in some form of the family since before the second world war.



Shopfront of Cordings Picadilly West End Gem
West End Gem Cordings

#Cordings A True #West End Gem

If you visit the store please let us know what you think of this wonderful historic shop.



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