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.
1. Floral Street Fragrance
Since historically Covent Garden would have been home to many florists and flower girls, it’s appropriate to start off your day at the flagship home of hip young fragrance brand Floral Street, which neighbours the Petersham shop and restaurant and is inspired by the vibrancy of the capital. The store features a centrepiece table where you can explore and experience all the fragrances on offer, from London Poppy to Ylang Ylang Espresso.
30 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JD
2. Les Néréides
Les Néréides is a Parisian boutique that designs unique costume jewellery. This is one of just two stores in the UK (the other is on the Kings Road), so it’s definitely worth popping in to admire their intricate, quirky designs. If you’re shopping at Christmas or for a birthday, it’s a great destination as you’re likely to find things that will really delight the recipient.
35 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9JT
If you like retro clothing or are consciously trying to shop second hand more, 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
The Lululemon Athletica shop on Long Acre was the brand’s first in the UK and if you’re a yoga bunny or a gym addict then you should definitely stop by. The brand is famous for its 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. Rococo Chocolates
It would be a shame to head home without something edible, so round off your day with a trip to Rococo Chocolates’ boutique on Earlham Street. Marvel at the delicious selection of truffles, chocolate bars and fudges, not to mention the playful presentation boxes and decorations, and if you can’t be persuaded to take home a box of treats at least sample the organic drinking chocolate to takeaway.
38 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LH