We love Lamb’s Conduit Street in Bloomsbury for its great mixture of independent shops. And we’re not the only ones – Mickey Drexler, CEO of J Crew, said recently that he fell in love with it – hence, it’s the site for their recently opened UK Mens store. Here are our favourites:
Folk Clothing (49 & 53 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB) Selling both mens and womens fashion and footwear, Folk’s casual clothing oozes luxury and character. They’re the kind of shoes and coats that you’ll never regret buying because they become such wardrobe stalwarts. And this is especially true of the mens shop which manages to tread that fine line between trendy and classical, making it especially popular with the men in our lives.
Pentreath & Hall (17 Rugby St, WC1N 3QT) It’s hard, very hard to walk into this shop (formerly Ben Pentreath, just off the middle of Lamb’s Conduit Street) and not buy anything. It’s an eclectic mix of interior accessories but oh so tempting – think Astier de Villatte candles, Marianna Kennedy lights, John Derian paperweights plus great china, tableware, stationery, pictures and much, much more. Particularly good for great Christmas presents (especially stocking fillers) too.
Darkroom (52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LL) One of our favourite concept stores on the street is Darkroom selling fashion and original, independently produced design and interior accessories. It specialises in sourcing an eclectic array of beautiful and unusual pieces, many brought from Africa, but also those made by local emerging artists and designers. The jewellery and homeware selection is particularly strong with works by Lyn and Tony and Medecine Douce.
The Espresso Room (31-35 Great Ormond Street, WC1N 3HZ) Just around the corner from Lamb’s Conduit Street this tiny shop run by Ben Townsend serves sublime cups of coffee. In warmer weather, you can grab a seat outside.
The French House (50 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LH) We love the room of beautiful copper pans and other beautiful kitchen tools at the back of this shop but there is also an excellent edit of beautiful lighting here too, including rise and fall ceramic lamps in gorgeous colours, and Bakelite switches that look and feel vintage. It’s also impossible to resist a rummage through the fabulous French linens – they’re not cheap but the quality is exceptional.
Persephone Books (59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB) In this gorgeously presented shop, you’ll find reprints of neglected mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers with signature dove-grey bindings and patterned inside covers. They make great presents (including to yourself) and if you’re not sure which book to choose, have a look here where authors such as Sarah Waters and Rachel Johnson talk about their favourite novels.
Plus if you still want more, there’s Kennards Grocer and Café, Oliver Spencer menswear, The People’s Supermarket, Dawson Flowers and finally, Bikefix.