Shops, banks and post offices

For convenient student-friendly shopping there are several shops on campus that cater for the basic needs you will have while at the School. Also listed in this section are the local banks, post offices and stores where you can get the necessary everyday provisions.

LSE General Store

Students Union shop

LSE General Store

Locations: Lincoln Chambers, 2-4 Portsmouth Street

Opening hours:Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 6pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Contact: telephone: 020 7106 1251 or email

The shop sells a huge range of LSE memorabilia and merchandise including fair trade clothing. Orders can be placed online. They also stock all your stationery needs and a wide selection of 'grab and go' food and drink. 

Alpha Books

Alpha books

Location: 1 Portsmouth Street, WC2A 2ES

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6:30pm (term time); Monday – Friday, 10.30am – 5:30pm (vacations)

Contact: telephone 020 7831 3683 or email

Books bought and sold. We offer a broad range of titles both fiction and academic, plus a selection of LSE course text books, all at reduced prices.

Waterstones Economists' Bookshop


Location: Clare Market

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 7pm; Saturday, 12 noon – 6pm; closed on Sunday and Bank holidays.

Contact: telephone 020 7405 5531 or email
Twitter: @WaterstonesLSE
Instagram: @waterstoneseconomists
Website: Waterstones

LSE has a branch of Waterstones on campus, which offers books from LSE course reading lists and subjects taught at LSE. In addition to the specialist range of new and second hand titles, they stock non-academic books including fiction, classics and children's books plus stationery.  You can also take advantage of their second-hand buy-back scheme for course collections. Waterstones Plus card gives you a stamp for every £10 spent and 10 stamps gives you £10 credit.  Waterstones Student Plus card also gives you 5% discount.

ATM (cash machines)

The nearest ATMs are in Houghton Street (next to Wright's Bar), inside the Post Office at 95 Aldwych and Yorkshire Bank (on the Strand behind Clement's Dane church), look for the (£) symbols in the list below.


Around campus

Bank of Ireland (inside Post Office) - 95 Aldwych WC2B 4JN (£)

Barclays Bank Plc – 366 Strand, WC2R 0JF (£) 19 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AA (£) 147 Holborn EC1N 2NU (£)

Halifax – 71 High Holborn, Unit 3 Mid City Place, WC1V 6EA (£) 51-55 Strand, WC2N 5LS (£) 71 Fleet Street, EC5Y 1EU (£)

HSBC Bank PLC – 165 Fleet Street, EC4A 2DY (£) 455 Strand, WC2R 0RH (£) 210 High Holborn WC1V 7BZ, 31 Holborn, EC1N 2HR (£)

Leeds Building Society – 75 High Holborn, WC1V 6LS

Lloyds TSB Bank Plc – 48-49 Strand, WC2N 5LL (£)

Metro Bank - 1 Southampton Row, WC1B 5HA (£)

Nationwide – 289 High Holborn, WC1V 7HZ (£) 415 Strand, WC2R 0NS (£)

NatWest – 38 Strand, WC2N 5JB (£) 214 High Holborn, WC1V 7BX (£)

Raphaels Bank - Holborn Underground station (ticket hall) Kingsway, WC2B 6AA (£)

Royal Bank of Scotland – 127–128 High Holborn, WC1V 6PQ (£) 1 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1BD (£)

Santander - 406 Strand, WC2R 0NE (£)

Skipton Building Society - 81 High Holborn, WC1V 6NG

TSB - 120 High Holborn, WC1V 6RD (£) 296-302 High Holborn, WC1V 7QR (£)

Yorkshire Building Society – 200 Strand, WC2R 1DP (£)

Pharmacists close to campus

Boots – 129–133 Kingsway, WC2B 6PP

Superdrug – 232 High Holborn, WC1V 7DA

Post boxes

Post Office 95 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF 

New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ

Post Offices

95 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF (£)

181 High Holborn, WC1V 7RL (£)

393 Strand, WC2R 0LT (basement Robert Dyas)

The LSE post room team are able to advise on packing and any additional documentation which maybe required when sending international parcels, and give a cost estimate.  Unfortunately they are not able to dispatch student letters or packages.

Supermarkets close to campus

Co-operative Food 16-18 Kingsway WC2B 6LH

Sainsburys - 129–133 Kingsway, WC2B 6NH (£)
71 High Holborn, WC1V 6BA

Tesco Express - 125 Strand, WC2R 0AP,
232 Strand, WC2R 1DA (£)

Waitrose - 246 High Holborn, WC1V 7EX

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