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Darkroom

Darkroom

Address 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street; London WC1N 3LL
by Long Yard
Neighbourhood Bloomsbury | See on map
Tube Russell Square [Piccadilly]
Telephone +44 20 7831 7244
Website http://darkroomlondon.com/
Hours Mon-Fri 11-19. Sat 11-18. Sun 12-17

Put your rolls of undeveloped film away and, for the truly hopeful, zip up; this is neither of those dark rooms. Based on super chic Lamb’s Conduit Street (which has blessedly managed to stop any kind of high street invasion), this is a concept store with, for once, a decent concept.

Probably thanks to the lack of booze-brand backing or ‘pop-up shop’ neediness, Darkroom is getting it right with a spot-on selection of unusual products, and interesting interiors that aren’t completely (or literally) off the wall.

A product of founders and friends Lulu Roper-Caldbeck and Rhonda Drakeford, the space is a monochromatic mix of graphic prints and angular shapes, with product becoming as much a part of the feel as the fixtures and fittings themselves – think scarves knotted into a giant installation-like plait, lampshades stacked like statues, and bags hanging off meat-hooks.

It’s unlikely you’ll have heard of any of the names stocked here, so we say look out for scrumptious leathers by Anglo, quilted carriers from H by Harris, aztec prints by Rhonda Drakeford, Totem’s gold-edged glasses, Solomia’s modernist crockery, Phil Cuttance’s amazing graphic vases and the store’s own brand of notebooks, totes and accessories.

So much better than your average blacked-out-basement, and here you can even see the source of your enjoyment. Bonus.