Art Shops

MacCulloch & Wallis

This little shop lies in the back streets of Oxford Street and is a little gem as it’s floors and walls are filled with haberdasheries and the like.If you’re a textile/fashion/material/bits&bobs etc etc fiend, then this place is for you!It has copious amounts of whatever you may need, as you can see on the website, but I do advise you to have a little gander to the shop, it is lovely in there and even from the outside too.www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk  _________________________________________

London Graphic Centre

They’ve been going since 1970-something and specialise in ‘material to the art and design community’ and more! Aimed more for designers, this still provides a hefty amount in typical art supplies too.Now their prices aren’t cheap, but they are fantastic for whatever you may want; the bits and pieces you can’t find elsewhere.They also have more than one store in London; their flagship and biggest is in Covent Garden and also Goodge Street and Barbican.Have a browse online to see just how much they offer and in things you may never heard of.www.londongraphics.co.uk_________________________________________

Atlantis

This is every creative person’s heaven; infact, it’s big enough to be heaven.Atlantis not only has remarkably good prices, real top quality stuff in such a range, but they also pretty much have everything (except glitter!)Nothing can be said really to justify what this place is really like, only if you visit. It’s just off of Brick Lane so when you go make sure you have a purse full of money, and enough time on your hands to wander around for fun; it’s massive.So on the website find out where it is and go, if not have a look on the shop gallery to see what all the fuss is about and also have a flick through the online catalogue.www.atlantisart.co.ukAddress:Britannia House
68-80 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JLTelephone:020 7377 8855_________________________________________

Cass Art

Cass Art is a renowned art shop within London and you have no hesitation as to why when you visit.The quality and price of their stock is good, so the money you do spend is a guaranteed investment. As they always have alot to offer, and the sales are great too.The one in Charing Cross always have really lovely staff, and damn good ‘shop music’ too! But the biggest on is in Islington.They have 4 shops around London; Hampstead, Islington, Soho, Charing Cross and Kensington.Look on the website for more information, and how to get there.www.cassart.co.uk

Transport

Find out about travel to London and how to get around once you’ve arrived. Your guide to public transport in London from Tube to bus plus walking, London Tube, buses, trains, cycling and more. Don’t forget your Oyster card!

London Buses  

London buses are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around. And you’ll get plenty of sightseeing opportunities en route.London buses have seen many improvements in recent years with new buses, more frequent services and improved accessibility.

London Bus Information

The Central London bus guide will be sufficient for most travellers. This map is available from travel information centres at larger Tube stations or to download from Travel Maps.

Plan your bus route online with Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

London Tube  

London’s Underground rail network, or ‘the Tube’ as it is universally known to Londoners, is normally the quickest and easiest way of travelling around London.

London Tube Travel Information

Plan your route online with Transport for London’s Journey Planner.For detailed information on the Tube, stations, buses, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), trams or local trains within London visit the Transport for London website.

Local Trains in London  

London’s local trains are overground rail services that crisscross the city and extend beyond the Tube network. Most local train lines connect efficiently with London’s Tube system and you can now use your Oyster card on almost all of London’s commuter rail services.

London Train Service Information

Transport for London (TfL) does not operate rail services in London, but journeys by trains and other modes of public transport can be planned online using Journey PlannerNational Rail Enquiries provides detailed information about rail services in London, covering routes, timetables and fares. A full list of train operating companies, including network maps, is available on the website.

London River Services  

Thames river bus and river tours services are popular with visitors to London, and they’re used by local commuters as well.Travelling by river is a great way to get to your destination. You’ll beat the traffic and soak up some fantastic views of London along the way!

The river bus services listed here are the more basic commuter services on the Thames, generally without commentary.We have separate pages on Thames river cruises, speedboat tours and dinner cruises, all with commentary.

Thames Clippers

Serving both as scheduled commuter and tourist boats, Thames Clippers services are great value and fast. They run from Embankment and the London Eye to Woolwich, via Canary Wharf, stopping at:

  • Tate Modern
  • London Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Hilton London Docklands Riverside
  • The O2
  • Greenwich

To and From London’s Airports

How to travel by public transport or taxi between Central London and the city’s five major airports:

London Heathrow Airport

London Stansted Airport

London Gatwick Airport

London Luton Airport

London City Airport

Eurostar and Eurotunnel

Eurostar is a quick and easy way to travel between the UK and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Travel in style and comfort and avoid the hassle of airports with the Eurostar high-speed rail service, which is frequent and affordable.

Eurostar Travel Information

There are frequent inter-capital Eurostar services from London St Pancras International to Paris and Brussels daily. Travel from Paris to Central London in just 2 hours 15 minutes, or from Brussels in 1 hour and 51 minutes. Travel at 300km/h (186mph) all the way from the Continent to London on the UK’s first high-speed line.

Eurostar Destinations

Eurostar destinations include Ashford (Kent), Calais Frethun, Disneyland Paris and Lille. In summer, you can catch the Eurostar direct to Avignon. In winter, services run to the ski resorts of Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice in the Alps. Eurostar Connections can also link you to more than 100 continental destinations, ranging from buzzing Amsterdam and historic Cologne to the sun-drenched glamour of Biarritz and Marseille.

Eurostar Tickets

Eurostar ticket prices vary to meet all budgets. Book ahead to enjoy the cheapest fares – from £69/€76 adult return. Discounts are available for children (aged 2-12), young people (under 26) and over 60s. A £5 booking fee applies to all telephone bookings.

Oyster Cards and Travelcards in London

Whether you’re making a one-off trip to London or you’re a regular visitor, using an Oyster card is the easiest way to access London’s public transport network.These clever London travel tickets enable you to enjoy the freedom of the city.A London Oyster card is the fastest, smartest and most cost-effective way to pay for single journeys on the bus, Tube, DLR, tram, London Overground, Thames Clippers and most National Rail services. And London daily, weekly, monthly and yearly Travelcards can easily be added to your Oyster.

More Info on TFL & Oyster Cards

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Portfolio Study

Portfolio Preparation Courses in an excellent studio location next to Tower Bridge near the River Thames

We run portfolio preparation courses throughout the year, including a Summer Portfolio School and short courses at Half Term, Easter Break and Christmas. We welcome, beginners, intermediate and more advanced level artists and designers. One of the most important deadlines to work towards is the UCAS University January 15th deadline, autumn and winter portfolio courses fill up fast!

When you apply to London Art Portfolio, we assess and identify your level of creativity, skills and innovation. For beginners, we discover which specialist area of art and design interests you and if you have attended any previous art and design classes; this is ideal for career change applicants too. In this way our experienced team of tutors can deliver bespoke support and advice, as you progress through the course.

Through the portfolio preparation course programme you will increase your knowledge and awareness of the creative process and thinking necessary to build a strong, successful body of work. This can then be selected and prepared for your application portfolio.

The course programme delivers portfolio preparation courses in fine art, fashion and textile design, architecture design, photography and graphic design. Within these subject areas we can also offer tuition and support for specialist subjects such as transport design, animation, visual merchandising, fashion promotion and marketing and much more. If you have a particular area of study that you need to prepare a portfolio for, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our courses are also a great opportunity to extend your art and design English vocabulary in preparation for your applications and interviews.

At London Art Portfolio we try to offer a range of flexible programmes that can fit into your lifestyle, to enable you to study and enrich your life with art and design.

Learn more here →

Get There

Find out about travel to London and how to get around once you’ve arrived. Your guide to public transport in London from Tube to bus plus walking, London Tube, buses, trains, cycling and more. Don’t forget your Oyster card!

London Buses  

London buses are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around. And you’ll get plenty of sightseeing opportunities en route.London buses have seen many improvements in recent years with new buses, more frequent services and improved accessibility.

London Bus Information

The Central London bus guide will be sufficient for most travellers. This map is available from travel information centres at larger Tube stations or to download from Travel Maps.

Plan your bus route online with Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

London Tube  

London’s Underground rail network, or ‘the Tube’ as it is universally known to Londoners, is normally the quickest and easiest way of travelling around London.

London Tube Travel Information

Plan your route online with Transport for London’s Journey Planner.For detailed information on the Tube, stations, buses, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), trams or local trains within London visit the Transport for London website.

Local Trains in London  

London’s local trains are overground rail services that crisscross the city and extend beyond the Tube network. Most local train lines connect efficiently with London’s Tube system and you can now use your Oyster card on almost all of London’s commuter rail services.

London Train Service Information

Transport for London (TfL) does not operate rail services in London, but journeys by trains and other modes of public transport can be planned online using Journey PlannerNational Rail Enquiries provides detailed information about rail services in London, covering routes, timetables and fares. A full list of train operating companies, including network maps, is available on the website.

London River Services  

Thames river bus and river tours services are popular with visitors to London, and they’re used by local commuters as well.Travelling by river is a great way to get to your destination. You’ll beat the traffic and soak up some fantastic views of London along the way!

The river bus services listed here are the more basic commuter services on the Thames, generally without commentary.We have separate pages on Thames river cruises, speedboat tours and dinner cruises, all with commentary.

Thames Clippers

Serving both as scheduled commuter and tourist boats, Thames Clippers services are great value and fast. They run from Embankment and the London Eye to Woolwich, via Canary Wharf, stopping at:

  • Tate Modern
  • London Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Hilton London Docklands Riverside
  • The O2
  • Greenwich

To and From London’s Airports

How to travel by public transport or taxi between Central London and the city’s five major airports:

London Heathrow Airport

London Stansted Airport

London Gatwick Airport

London Luton Airport

London City Airport

Eurostar and Eurotunnel

Eurostar is a quick and easy way to travel between the UK and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Travel in style and comfort and avoid the hassle of airports with the Eurostar high-speed rail service, which is frequent and affordable.

Eurostar Travel Information

There are frequent inter-capital Eurostar services from London St Pancras International to Paris and Brussels daily. Travel from Paris to Central London in just 2 hours 15 minutes, or from Brussels in 1 hour and 51 minutes. Travel at 300km/h (186mph) all the way from the Continent to London on the UK’s first high-speed line.

Eurostar Destinations

Eurostar destinations include Ashford (Kent), Calais Frethun, Disneyland Paris and Lille. In summer, you can catch the Eurostar direct to Avignon. In winter, services run to the ski resorts of Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice in the Alps. Eurostar Connections can also link you to more than 100 continental destinations, ranging from buzzing Amsterdam and historic Cologne to the sun-drenched glamour of Biarritz and Marseille.

Eurostar Tickets

Eurostar ticket prices vary to meet all budgets. Book ahead to enjoy the cheapest fares – from £69/€76 adult return. Discounts are available for children (aged 2-12), young people (under 26) and over 60s. A £5 booking fee applies to all telephone bookings.

Oyster Cards and Travelcards in London

Whether you’re making a one-off trip to London or you’re a regular visitor, using an Oyster card is the easiest way to access London’s public transport network.These clever London travel tickets enable you to enjoy the freedom of the city.A London Oyster card is the fastest, smartest and most cost-effective way to pay for single journeys on the bus, Tube, DLR, tram, London Overground, Thames Clippers and most National Rail services. And London daily, weekly, monthly and yearly Travelcards can easily be added to your Oyster.

More Info on TFL & Oyster Cards

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Art Shops

MacCulloch & Wallis

This little shop lies in the back streets of Oxford Street and is a little gem as it’s floors and walls are filled with haberdasheries and the like.If you’re a textile/fashion/material/bits&bobs etc etc fiend, then this place is for you!It has copious amounts of whatever you may need, as you can see on the website, but I do advise you to have a little gander to the shop, it is lovely in there and even from the outside too.www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk  _________________________________________

London Graphic Centre

They’ve been going since 1970-something and specialise in ‘material to the art and design community’ and more! Aimed more for designers, this still provides a hefty amount in typical art supplies too.Now their prices aren’t cheap, but they are fantastic for whatever you may want; the bits and pieces you can’t find elsewhere.They also have more than one store in London; their flagship and biggest is in Covent Garden and also Goodge Street and Barbican.Have a browse online to see just how much they offer and in things you may never heard of.www.londongraphics.co.uk_________________________________________

Atlantis

This is every creative person’s heaven; infact, it’s big enough to be heaven.Atlantis not only has remarkably good prices, real top quality stuff in such a range, but they also pretty much have everything (except glitter!)Nothing can be said really to justify what this place is really like, only if you visit. It’s just off of Brick Lane so when you go make sure you have a purse full of money, and enough time on your hands to wander around for fun; it’s massive.So on the website find out where it is and go, if not have a look on the shop gallery to see what all the fuss is about and also have a flick through the online catalogue.www.atlantisart.co.ukAddress:Britannia House
68-80 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JLTelephone:020 7377 8855_________________________________________

Cass Art

Cass Art is a renowned art shop within London and you have no hesitation as to why when you visit.The quality and price of their stock is good, so the money you do spend is a guaranteed investment. As they always have alot to offer, and the sales are great too.The one in Charing Cross always have really lovely staff, and damn good ‘shop music’ too! But the biggest on is in Islington.They have 4 shops around London; Hampstead, Islington, Soho, Charing Cross and Kensington.Look on the website for more information, and how to get there.www.cassart.co.uk_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Stationery & Computing Shops

  

WHSmith

www.whsmith.co.uk_________________________

Rymans

www.ryman.co.uk_________________________

Muji

www.muji.co.uk
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Paperchase

www.paperchase.co.uk_________________________

 

Maplin

www.maplin.co.uk_________________________

Apple Store

www.apple.com/uk/retail_________________________

Currys

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PC World

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Bookshops

Waterstoneswww.waterstones.com_____________________________

Borders

www.borders.comrde_____________________________

Foyles

www.foyles.co.uk113-119 Charing Cross Road
LondonWC2H 0EB
Telephone: 020 7437 5660_____________________________

Riba

www.ribabookshops.comLondon, RIBA
RIBA Bookshop London
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London
W1B 1ADTelephone: +44 (0)191 244 5557_____________________________

Magma

www.magmabooks.com117-119 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1R 5BY
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7242 9503_____________________________

Koenig Books

www.buchhandlung-walther-koenig.de80 Charing Cross Road,Leicester Square,City of LondonWC2H 0BF

Telephone: 020 7240 8190

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Artwords

www.artwords.co.ukShoreditch
Artwords
69 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3AYTelephone: 020 7729 2000Hackney20-22 Broadway MarketLondonE8 4QJTelephone: 020 7923 7507_____________________________

Design Museum

www.designmuseumshop.comDesign MuseumShad Thames,LondonSE1 2YDTelephone: 020 7403 6933_____________________________

Tate

www.tate.org.uk/shop/do/Tate-booksTate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TGTelephone:+44 (0)20 7887 8888 (menu number 4)_____________________________

V&A

www.vandashop.comVictoria & Albert MuseumCromwell RoadLondonSW7 2RLTelephone: +44 (0)20 7942 2000_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Print Shops

ABC Imaging

London City Branch
33 Britton Street
LondonEC1M 5UGwww.abcimaginguk.com____________________________

Hobbs

222 Tower Bridge Road
London
England
SE1 2UP______________
9 – 11 Grosvenor GardensVictoria
London
England
SW1W 0BDwww.hobsrepro.com____________________________

The London Print co.

212 Shaftesbury AvenueLondonWC2H 8EBwww.londonprint.co.uk____________________________

First Colour Limited

www.firstcolour.comFirst Colour Limited
15 Newman Street
London
W1T 1PA___________First Colour Limited
51 Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9LQ