Covent Garden is a must-visit area of London. It’s within walking distance of Soho and Trafalgar Square, so it’s constantly buzzing thanks to a mass of theatres, restaurants and bars nearby. And, as you can imagine, you can also find some of London’s best shops in Covent Garden as well. It can be tricky to navigate as it is made up of several smaller areas such as the market piazza, Long Acre, Seven Dials and Neal’s Yard, so read on for our guide on how to find the best Covent Garden shops in each of these spots. Happy shopping!
1. Burberry Beauty Box
Covent Garden is a haven for beauty buffs, and iconic British brand Burberry is the latest design house to open a dedicated beauty store in Covent Garden’s historic Market Building. Located near the Chanel and Dior beauty boutiques, this exclusive shop offers beauty consultations and manicures, and will also personalise perfume bottles with up to three initials for free.
3a The Market Building, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2E 8RF
2. Les Néréides
Les Néréides is a Parisian boutique that designs unique costume jewellery. This is their only UK store, so it’s definitely worth popping in just to admire their intricate, quirky designs. For those in the know, however, there is also a Les Néréides outlet store just around the corner on Monmouth Street where you can get huge discounts on past collections.
35 Long Acre, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2E 9JT
If you like retro clothing then Rokit is the vintage store for you. Stocking both womenswear and menswear as well as shoes and accessories, their Covent Garden shop is like a veritable treasure trove for unique finds at reasonable prices, so get ready to rummage!
42 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2H 9HZ
4. Kate Spade
Kate Spade is the go-to store for playful sophistication, and this is the American brand’s central London outpost. Go here if you’re looking for womenswear with a difference: think crisp colours and graphic prints as well as tongue-in-cheek accessories.
1-3 Langley Court, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2E 9JY
5. agnès b
On the other end of the womenswear spectrum is the Parisian-based brand agnès b. Head to the designer’s Covent Garden store if you’re looking for understated, timeless separates with a certain je ne sais quoi. This shop also stocks menswear and jewellery, sunglasses and watches.
35-36 Floral Street, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2E 9DJ
Covent Garden is also home to Diesel’s UK flagship store. With three floors of youth-led designs and high-end jeans, this is a must-visit for teenagers and denimheads alike.
43 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2H 9LX
7. Lululemon Athletica
You may not have heard of Lululemon Athletica yet – as this shop on Long Acre was their first in the UK and only opened last year – but if you’re a yoga bunny or a gym addict then you should definitely stop by. The brand are famous for their wearable sports apparel, and with everything designed to withstand up to five years of use, you know you’re getting good value for money as well.
19-20 Long Acre, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2E 9LD
8. Orlebar Brown
This is one for the male sports enthusiasts out there. Orlebar Brown started off by creating men’s swimwear that was “not a swim short, but a short that you can swim in,” and has since branched out into resortwear including T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, trousers and lightweight jackets. Head here to stock up on summer staples.
11 Floral Street, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2E 9HD
9. Original Penguin
Covent Garden is also home to Original Penguin’s only central London store. Known for their preppy menswear separates, you should definitely nip in to check out their selection of polo shirts and tees if you’re looking for something a little different.
Unit 8, North Piazza, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2E 8HD
10. Hope & Greenwood
And, last but not least, if you’re starting to lag after a day of shopping and sightseeing, be sure to head to Hope & Greenwood. This wonderfully old-fashioned sweet shop sells sweets and chocolates and also stocks a lot of childhood classics too. A nostalgic kick for big kids and welcome sugar rush for little ones.
1 Russell Street, Covent Garden, LONDON WC2B 5JD