Before you get too caught up in the many distractions of Covent Garden, make sure you take a wander through Neal Street and Neal’s Yard. Here you will find specialist and flagship stores that stock everything from fine wines to limited edition sneakers.
1. Dr Martens
Famous for its signature black boots in smooth leather, Dr Martens has a London store on Neal Street. It’s bright, spacious and readily stocked with a range of classic ‘1460 boots’, and the staff here are more than willing to find you the perfect pair.
17-19 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PU
2. Birkenstock London
Like Dr Martens, Birkenstock needs little introduction, but if you’re not yet familiar with the famous double-strap sandals then a visit to this flagship store is a must. It stocks the largest selection of the brand’s shoes in the UK, as well as the accessories collection.
48 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PA
3. The Tea House
Established in 1982 by Covent Garden pioneer, Christina Smith, this flagship store is every tea addict’s dream. From traditional Japanese green teas to organic rooibos leaves, this store stocks some of the best teas in London.
15 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PU
4. BareMinerals London
If you’ve always loved the idea of the all-natural ‘makeunder’ look but never been quite sure how to achieve it, consider a visit to Bareminerals at number 40. This mineral makeup brand is the ultimate alternative to heavy, cakey foundation, and here at the boutique you can discover all the best ways to apply it.
40 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PS
5. Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
In the crazy rush and bustle of London, Neal Street tends to be overlooked (or at least, Neal’s Yard, which is just off Neal Street). This specialist store stocks over 400+ references of wine from around the world, plus other delights including truffled ham and Casanova olive oil.
8-10 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
6. Neal’s Yard Remedies
One of our favourite beauty brands when it comes to natural products with a non-synthetic approach, Neal’s Yard Remedies makes all its products from high quality and organic plant-based ingredients. This is the original store, opened in 1981.
15 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Superga might feel like a relatively young brand but in fact it’s been around since 1911. This Neal Street boutique stocks a full range of styles including the Classic Superga 2750 as well as collaborative and limited edition collections.
52 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PJ
8. Happy Socks
If socks are something you associate with practicality rather than joy, then a visit to Swedish brand Happy Socks is in order. As the name suggests, this shop specialises in hosiery that’s playful and fun, where colour and pattern are all but mandatory.
62 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PA
Perfect for presents, Skinnydip almost single handedly made phone cases and tech accessories fun and fashionable. There are some great beauty and accessory bargains to be found here, in a space that’s sure to lift your mood.
29 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PR
10. Astrid & Miyu
London-based jewellery brand Astrid & Miyu has perfected that delicate, stacked look with its collection of necklaces, hoops and studs that can be mixed and matched. The boutiques double as piercing studios, if you want to work that layered earring look but don’t have the required number of piercings yet!
31 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PS