Lamb’s Conduit Street is a very special London oasis and one of my favourite Bloomsbury destinations. A haunt of mine from undergraduate days (I studied just around the corner from Russell Square), as well as post-graduate life, when I worked for a time at the charming Persephone Books, I’ve come to know and love this tranquil street. Knowing the area for so long, I’m still mourning many of the shops and institutions that have closed down (goodbye The French House, The Mary Ward Centre and the nice deli a couple of doors down from Persephone. I miss you all!), but fortunately many independent shops are still thriving. Lamb’s Conduit Street is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for the unusual and beautiful, as the street is bursting with shops specialising in clothing and accessories for men and women, as well as gorgeous homeware. Here are my personal highlights from the area:
++ Pentreath & Hall. Tucked away down a quiet street is this gem of a shop, in which you are sure to find something beautiful. For such a tiny space, there is surprisingly wide range of stock, from Eric Ravilious prints, to pretty cards and notebooks, stylish vases and a mix of antique and modern homeware and decorative pieces.
++ Darkroom. Quirky, nicely designed accessories for men and women, eye-catching homeware pieces, lifestyle magazines, design books and attractive stationery.
++ Persephone Books. One of my favourite publishers and bookshops in London, which specialises in books with a domestic focus. The shop itself is a thing of beauty, filled to the brim with Persephone’s signature grey & cream volumes, jugs of flowers, beautiful textiles and vintage posters. Upon entering, it’s almost impossible not to fall under the Persephone spell and spend hours browsing and buying amidst such a literary treasure trove.
++ Dawson Flowers. A spacious, inviting florist that offers a range of gorgeous bouquets.
++ Thornback & Peel. I love the linens and kitchenware featuring prints inspired by the English countryside that evoke a sense of nostalgia for a bygone Britain.
++ Maggie Owen. Window shopping the fabulous costume jewellery at this pretty little shop is one of my favourite pastimes!
++ Oliver Spencer. This menswear shop showcases classic pieces with a modern twist for the stylish man.
++ J Crew Men’s Shop. Lamb’s Conduit Street really does feature a great selection for menswear, and this J Crew shop is no exception.
++ Folk. Super cool clothing for men and women that has a minimalist edge.
++ Susannah Hunter. The most gorgeous leather bags and furniture that are finished with beautiful floral designs.
++ Ciao Bella. A fun, friendly restaurant that serves generous portions of yummy Italian food. It’s a great place to meet a group of friends (make sure to book ahead, as it gets busy!), and I love the live piano music every evening.
++ Bea’s of Bloomsbury. Famed for their incredibly delicious cupcakes (but all the cakes are fabulous), Bea’s of Bloomsbury is just around the corner on Theobald’s Road, but a trip to the area certainly wouldn’t be complete without stopping by for a sweet treat and a cup of tea.
++ The Fryer’s Delight. Also on Theobald’s Road is this classic fish & chip shop – perfect if you’re looking for a traditional British experience, or are in the mood for something hearty, cheap and warming. Next door is the butcher McKanna Meats, a favourite amongst locals and a great place to pick up something tempting for dinner.
++ La Gournmandina. A popular choice for people who work in the area for Friday night drinks and appetising platters.
++ Albion Wines. A sweet little wine shop offering a good selection of reasonable wines.
++ The People’s Supermarket. This supermarket is a real community project, run and supported by local people. The range of fruit and vegetables is very good, but what also keeps regulars coming back again and again is the tempting hot and cold lunches for sale, as well as the delicious baked goods (I’ve had the best apple crisp and the most incredible brownies with white chocolate and raspberries from here).
++ The Lamb. A classic pub that’s a good place to share a drink with friends.
++ The Espresso Room. Just off from Lamb’s Conduit Street, The Espresso Room is a tiny little space selling quality espresso and baked goods. You can try to grab a seat outside on a sunny day, or even better walk to the nearby Queen Square and sit on a bench to enjoy your coffee.
++ Coffee Blooms. I haven’t tried this place, but it looked very inviting from the outside. It’s definitely on my list for the next time I go back!
++ Knockbox Coffee. A bright, airy space with good coffee.
++ Wander the streets. Bloomsbury is a gorgeous area, and I recommend branching off from Lamb’s Conduit Street and exploring its adjacent paths.
++ Have a picnic. Get a takeaway snack or lunch from The People’s Supermarket and enjoy it in the pretty Brunswick Square.
++ Visit The Foundling Museum. The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity, and first public art gallery. The museum showcases the work of Thomas Coram, the Foundling’s Hospital founder, as well as the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frederic Handel, who were both closely linked to the institution. It’s well worth a visit!
Have you explored Lamb’s Conduit Street? Did I miss out any of your favourite places? Do please share them, if so!