Arthur Beale: Sailing goods business closes shop after 500 years

A few weeks ago, there were a couple of popular tweets declaring that the “mad umbrella shop” and “mad sailor shop” in London had survived the pandemic.

It is with regret that I report that the “mad sailor shop”, Arthur Beale’s, is closing, one of the oldest shops in London.

— dan barker (@danbarker) May 11, 2021

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