London Graphic Centre the security guard offered to watch the bike for me so I didn’t have to carry it upstairs and when I was in ‘Accessorize’ opposite John Lewis the staff showed me to the staff lift because I needed to go downstairs. Staff in small shops are often very helpful about watching the bike while I shop. I can only think of one occasion at Cass Art in Islington when I asked to leave the bike at the counter and they said no. Having said that in the tiny branch of Cass Art on Charing Cross Road last week a member of staff saw me carrying the bike and took it from me. She carried it too saying she would leave it at the counter.
Carrying a lock is a hassle but I sometimes find it easier to leave the Brompton in one place while I shop.