Shopping Guide: Lamb’s Conduit Street

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We’re kicking off our definitive guides to London’s best shopping areas with Lamb’s Conduit Street. Nestled quietly in Bloomsbury and just a stone’s throw from Holborn and Kings Cross, Lambs is perfect if you love to shop in calm, considered surroundings and discover labels that you haven’t heard of before. Read on for our favourite destinations.

La Gourmandina

Kick off your stroll along Bloombury’s Lamb’s Conduit Street with coffee and an amaretti biscuit at La Gourmandina, a café/restaurant that fuses French and Italian cuisine to pleasing effect. Take a seat at the bar by the window and enjoy the weekend papers. We heartily recommend the cappuccinos.

www.lagourmandina.co.uk
Opening Hours: Mon: 8:30 – 20:00; Tue-Fri: 8:30 – 22:00; Sat: 9:30 – 17:00; Sun: Closed

La Gourmandina

Content

Lamb’s Conduit Street is dominated by menswear shops and Content is one of a few recent newcomers. It opened its doors in March 2013 and specialises in the “highest quality, globally sourced garments.” Don’t feel fooled by the store’s petite proportions, it holds a fantastic edit of today’s most relevant brands – from Nike and Barbour to CP Company and Filson.

www.contentstorelondon.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00 – 19:00; Sun: 12:00 – 17:00

Content

Simon Carter

Simon Carter’s journey began not on Lamb’s Conduit Street but on Chelsea’s King’s Road. The year was 1985 and he went from shop to shop trying to sell a replica 1930s motorcycle brooch he had made. Someone eventually agreed to buy them and the rest is history. Pop into his shop (one of six in the UK, three of which are in London) to see how this eponymous brand has grown, from brooches and cufflinks to shirts and tailoring. Look out for the prints, some of which are Liberty fabrics.

www.simoncarter.net
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 – 18:00

Simon Carter

J.Crew

When J.Crew landed in London it didn’t just open its flagship on Regent Street, it also opened a small but perfectly formed men’s-only store on Lamb’s Conduit Street. Housed in a 19th century town house, the shop includes a sharp edit of shirts, the brand’s Ludlow suiting as well as other key pieces from the collections.

www.jcrew.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:00 – 19.00; Sat: 11:00 – 18.00; Sun: Closed

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Private White VC

Jack White was just 18 when he signed up to the King’s Own Royal Regiment in World War 1, and his bravery in action just outside Baghdad earned him the Victoria Cross in 1917. At the end of the war he returned to Manchester and worked as an apprentice pattern cutter at a local factory – a factory that he went on to manage and own before he passed away in 1949. Inspired his heroics and military achievement, his great-grandchildren now manufacture and make by hand garments in his name at the very same factory. Head to the store at 55 Lambs to check out the bomber jackets and parkas, and see how Jack’s descendants have resurrected the phrase ‘Made in Manchester’.

www.privatewhitevc.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:00 – 19:00; Sat 11:00 – 18:00; Sun 12:00 – 17:00

Private White

Folk

Folk clothing has both men’s and women’s stores on Lamb’s Conduit Street. Choose from own-brand ready to wear (think simple silhouettes in cool fabrics), as well as an edit of other brands including Acne, all housed in a pleasingly uncomplicated interior. We love the women’s selection of jewellery and shoes.

www.folkclothing.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00 – 19:00; Sun: 12:00 – 17:00

Folk

Oliver Spencer

Oliver Spencer describes itself as a “modern British brand” and makes more than half its collections here in the UK. Oli himself takes inspiration from Japan, hunting, the military and Americana to craft his clothes. Both the women’s and men’s lines are available on Lamb’s Conduit Street.

www.oliverspencer.co.uk
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00 – 19:00;
Sun: 12:00 – 17:00

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Pentreath and Hall

Ben Pentreath and Birdie Hall opened their store on Rugby Street with one simple aim – “to look for things that they loved themselves.” The result is a pleasingly eclectic and colourful selection of French table linen, candles, books, prints and accessories for the home. It’s a must if you love stationery, too.

www.pentreath-hall.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00 – 18:00; Sun: Closed

Pentreath and Hall

The French House

Focusing on “the timelessness of well-crafted design,” The French House works with artisans and family-run businesses to source its tempting range of products. You will find beautiful homewares (cushions, throws, lighting, tableware), lavender soaps, leather bags and other delights here. We think its one of the chicest interiors stores on Lambs.

www.thefrenchhouse.net
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00 – 18:00; Sun: Closed

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