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, 10am – 6pm, Saturday, 11am - 5pm.

Contact: 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 selection of eco-products. 

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: 020 7831 3683

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.

ATM (cash machines)

The nearest ATMs are in Houghton Street (next to Wright's Bar) and inside the Post Office at 95 Aldwych, look for the (£) symbols in the list below.


Around campus

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

Barclays Bank Plc – 19 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AA (£) 326-328 High Holborn WC1V 7PE (£)

Halifax – 51-55 Strand, WC2N 5LS (£) 

HSBC Bank PLC – 16 King Street, WC2E 8JF (£)

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 – 415 Strand, WC2R 0NS (£)

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

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

RBS – 1 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1BD (£)

Santander - 164-167 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7JE (£)

Skipton Building Society - 71 High Holborn, WC1V 6EA

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 (£)

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

Waitrose - 246 High Holborn, WC1V 7EX

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