LONDON – I stumbled upon Lamb’s Conduit Street in Bloomsbury a few months ago when I worked in the area. It’s a quiet road that doesn’t take too much traffic and is pedestrian friendly. It’s a mini high street that doesn’t mimic the well known ones you’ll find in London because it’s more original and diverse. If you walked down a high street in most cities in England, you’ll find that they all look the same. The major retailers are all there. That sort of shopping experience has its purposes, but it’s also a bit bland. I think this is why I’m looking for more independent shops and retailers. It’s for this reason that I like Lambs Conduit Street. It doesn’t have any major retailers and prides itself on having a British feel to it.
I went on a Saturday but quite late, around 5:30pm. Almost all the shops were closed. I spoke to a sales lady and she said that was typical of boutique shops in the area. So if you plan to go to Lamb’s Conduit Street, don’t leave it till the last minute on a Saturday like I did.
Having said that, I did manage to peak into two shops. The first is The French House.They specialise in well-crafted furniture and design products for the home and garden. Many of their suppliers are artisans or family-run companies.
There are a lot of nice things to buy…but as it’s not pay day, I was just browsing.
Okay, now the other thing that you need to know about Lambs Conduit Street, is that it’s a mini Mecca for men’s clothing shops. The one that I popped into was called Oliver Spencer. They actually have two shops on the street. I spoke to the sales guy inside and he said that they specialise in men’s clothes, which typically seem to be a cross between the English lad look and something more preppy, but they are now also delving into women’s clothes. To be honest, there were only a handful of things for women, a skirt, some blouses and a very cute blazer (I sort of collect them). But still, if you wanted to shop for a special guy, I would definitely recommend Oliver Spencer.
According to the owner, also named Oliver Spencer, the clothing is practical luxury, with a rugged feel. They try to make clothing that is “seen and not heard”.
Lots of nice stuff here. I can’t wait to head back to Lambs Conduit. I particularly want to go to Persephone books. Looks like an original bookshop. Until then, keep following.