From markets selling necessities through fashionable aristocratic shopping to the arrival of department stores and international brand franchises. Which department store had a golf course on the roof? Had the first electric lift? Why did Peter Robinson's have a tailoress and hansom cab on standby? Which was London’s first shopping arcade? Which department store owner was murdered by his illegitimate son? Why did Lady Florence Paget leave by a side entrance of Marshall and Snelgrove? Which store costumed a Gilbert and Sullivan opera? The answers are all in this talk.