Today I happened to pass the old R.G.Lewis camera store in Southampton Row, Holborn which closed in June 2015. Today I was surprised to see it still empty and waiting for a new direction. At least it represents a free advertisement for Leica on a busy street. Southampton Row and the general Holborn area was once a thriving photographic Mecca. It was there that Norman Lewis, son of an Enfield chemist, R.G.Lewis, set up shop in the late twenties. He had previously run a photographic business above his father’s pharmacy.
Until three years ago the old-established store (not the original premises which had been around the corner) was one of the foremost Leica watering holes in the capital. Len Lyons, who owned the company, has now teamed up with another London Leica dealer, Richard Caplan and is still happily selling cameras and equipment.