Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Friday, 24 April 2015

Our manor - in and around London's WC1N


Something we don't talk about enough is how fabulous the area that we work in is. WC1N is Bloomsbury, the historic home of the Bloomsbury set - an influential group of early 20th century writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists.

The area remains a hub of creativity, with street upon street of elegant Georgian town houses and Cockpit Arts, is at its heart.

So, when you come to join us for a course in London there is a host of restaurants and cafes, wonderful architecture, entertainment, open spaces and shopping to enjoy right on your doorstep.
Lamb's Conduit Street

For green spaces there is Russell Square, Lincoln's Inn Fields, Brunswick Square Gardens and Bloomsbury Square;
Lincoln's Inn Fields
Lincoln's Inn Fields
Brunswick Square Gardens
Russell Square
For shopping you are spoilt for choice from the street stalls and independent shops of Leather Lane  and the glitzy jewellery district of Hatton Garden to the wonderful books of Magma and the boutiques of Lamb's Conduit Street.

Thornback and Peel for gifts and soft furnishings
Maggie Owen and The Dark Room for jewellery
Pentreath and Hall for homeware and gifts
 Favourite bars and cafes include The Lady Ottoline, Cigala, La Gourmandina, The Duke and Ciao Bella.
Lady Ottoline
Persephone Books, La Gourmandina and The Perseverance

And stand-out architecture includes The Renoir Cinema, The Brunswick Centre, Kings Cross, the  Old Prudential Building and the terraced streets of Bloomsbury

Georgian townhouses


The Brunswick Centre

Russell Square Hotel


Lincoln's Inn

As a location we couldn't be easier to get to. Cockpit Arts is equidistant between Russell Square, Holborn and Chancery Lane underground stations and a short walk from the newly-transformed Kings Cross. 

Waterloo station and the West End are a short bus ride away. Take a look at our local map to see just how easy it is. We hope that we've tempted you to a visit.

Until next week happy shoemaking!