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

Full opening hours

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. 

The Gilded Acorn

Gilded Acorn

Location: 1 Portsmouth Street, WC2A 2ES

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 7pm (Summer); Monday – Friday, 09.30am – 5:30pm (Winter)

We sell first and second books across fiction and non-fiction. We offer 10% off all new books to LSE staff and students. We also host author events, talks and signing at our store. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all our news. 

LSESU Vintage and Charity Shop

LSESU Vintage clothing shop web

Location: Kings Chambers, Portugal Street

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 12-4pm (term time)

Contact: email or instagram @lsesu_charityshop 

Donation point: Please drop any donations within the operational hours of the shop or contact us using the details above.

This initiative was set up in March 2023 as a collaboration between the charity arm of LSE Students' Union - LSESU Raising and Giving (RAG) - and LSESU Sustainable Futures Society. It aims to promote sustainable practices by selling preloved clothes with proceeds going on to support LSESU RAG charity partners.


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 – 326-328 High Holborn WC1V 7PE (£)

Halifax – 51-55 Strand, WC2N 5LS (£) 

HSBC Bank PLC – 31 Holborn,EC1N 2HR (£)

Leeds Building Society – 75 High Holborn, WC1V 6LS

Lloyds TSB Bank Plc – 6 Holborn Circus, EC1N 2HP (£)

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

Nationwide – 415 Strand, WC2R 0NS (£)

NatWest – 38 Strand, WC2N 5JB (£) 332 High Holborn, WC1V 7PA (£)

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

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 

Cheng Kin Ku 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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