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"A conduit, founded by one William Lamb, a gentleman of the Chapel Royal under Henry VIII., gave its name to Lamb's Conduit Street. Lamb, it is stated, here caused several springs to be so connected as to form a head of water, which was conveyed by a leaden pipe, about 2,000 yards in length, to Snow Hill, where he rebuilt a conduit, which had long been in a ruinous state and disused. He is said to have expended a very large sum of money upon these structures, and thus, by his benevolent exertions, conferred an important advantage upon a very populous neighbourhood." London Old and New; Edward Walford 1878

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 7pm, Saturday 11am to 5pm

The shop is in central London, in a 200 year old building in a quiet street. We are close to St Pancras, Euston and Waterloo main line railway stations and ten minutes' walk from Russell Square or Holborn underground stations. We are also on a busy north/south cycle route between Camden Town and the West End and close to Sustrans Route 1. Theobalds road is the main east-west artery between Marble Arch and Shoreditch. Look for Holborn Police Station.

If you are visiting there are lots of interesting things to see in the area, including the British Museum, Sir John Soanes Museum and Corams Fields for the kids. There are also loads of good places to eat to suit all budgets. Try Ciao Bella for a really good pizza or La Gourmandina for tasty meals and lovely wine. The best coffee is at The Expresso Room.