>> I'm about to go on a holiday, and will be spending about 5 days each in
>>London and Edinburgh. I've heard that I _must_ visit Leon Paul in London -
>>does anyone have an address for the shop ? Also, are there any other
>>fencing stores I should visit ?
>I wouldn't bother visiting Paul, each time I've been there they've
>generally been out of stock for half the items I've wanted, and when
>I've finally got the stuff it's been poor quality, and overpriced...
>Still, if you want to visit the address is:
> Leon Paul Ltd.,
> 14 New North Street,
> London, WC1.
> Tel. 071 405 3832
I was in London about 2 years ago and visited Leon Paul. I was thinking
about buying a reel for our club, but found (to my great surprise) that they
would not take my credit card and just wanted cash. Perhaps it was just
because I was an American, but you may want to check ahead of time if you
plan on making any major purchases (or take lots of cash!).
The shop was interesting. It (and the gentleman behind the counter)
looked like something out of***ens.
As for fencing clubs in London - there are many. Unfortunately I no
longer have the complete list. I do have a flyer from the Poly Fencing Club
which is located at the Polytechnic of Central London (309 Regents St WI -
nearest tube Oxford Circus). They meet 5 nights a week. Visitors are
welcome; in 1992 they charged 3 pounds for an evening of fencing - 7 pounds
with a lesson. I imagine they provide equipment. I didn't have a chance to
actually fence there (they don't meet on weekends), but it sounds like they
have a nice program. At the time, they had four fencing masters. There are
lots of other clubs as well. I wrote to the British Fencing
Association (I'm not sure of the exact name of this group or its
address, perhaps you can get these via the official organization in
Australia), and they sent me a listing of all the clubs for all the towns
I visited in the UK. Have a nice holiday!
Jessie A. Micales
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory
Durendal Fencing Club