Shops: Covent Garden, London WC2 Homegirl London March 1, 2013 Shops 1 Comment Homes and interiors shopping guide to Covent Garden, London WC2. A great place to shop if you need buy a gift for someone or you have guests visiting. It’s not really a destination one would think of for interiors shopping but there are a few stand-out furniture stores and home accessory shops in the vicinity. There’s also plenty of restaurants so you won’t go hungry and numerous fashion boutiques along the way. If you have guests in town you could combine a trip to the theatre, the Royal Opera House or the London Transport Museum. Start the tour at Covent Garden tube station and turn right and you’ll see the Covent Garden Market ahead. This place is steeped in history; it used to be the largest fruit and vegetable market in England. If you want to find out more take a look at www.coventgardenlife.com. Covent Garden Market, London WC2E 8RF www.coventgardenlondonuk.com If you do fancy a spot of designer clothes shopping you could meander down Floral Street on your right where you’ll find Paul Smith, Camper Shoes, Agnes B and much more. Sorry, I digress, so back to the shopping tour … head towards the Market and inside to your right you’ll find Apple Market and there’s also the East Colonnade Market – if you want to find out information take a look at www.coventgardenlondonuk.com Antiques and handcrafted goods such as greetings cards, prints, decoration pieces and candles Covent Garden Apple Market, 41 The Market, London WC2E 8BE www.coventgardenlondonuk.com Lifestyle shop selling pretty, vintage inspired home accessories, greetings cards and quirky gifts alongside clothing Joy, 11 The Market Buildings, London WC2E 8RA www.joythestore.com Brightly coloured gifts and home accessories, you’ll be sure to find a fun birthday gift here Pylones, Unit 15 Covent Garden Market, London WC2E 8RB www.pylones.com Of course there are many shops to browse here; I’ve just mentioned a couple with home accessories. Look out for Jubilee Market. The contents of which changes daily, for example on Mondays it’s antiques and Tuesday through to Friday it’s a general market selling clothing plus some prints, glassware, clocks and London branded goods. Check the official website for further details www.coventgardenlondonuk.com Antiques and general market Jubilee Market, South Piazza www.coventgardenlondonuk.com Come out of market and find the London Transport Museum, by the entrance is Tavistock Court, walk down, left into Tavistock Street and keep walking along crossing roads until you come to the end and you’ll see the Aram Store straight ahead which is on Drury Lane Beautifully curated display of contemporary design classics like Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright. The top floor is an exhibition space which has some very cool shows Aram Store, 110 Drury Lane, London WC2 5SG www.aram.co.uk Out of the Aram store, turn right and walk up Drury Lane until you reach Great Queen Street, turn left and keep walking along (the street becomes Long Acre) until you find yourself back at Covent Garden tube station. Walk towards M&S and you’ll see Neal Street, walk down and on your left you’ll come to Shelton Street, turn left for the Cath Kidston shop . Large store crammed full of pretty vintage inspired patterned gifts and home wares Cath Kidston, 28-32 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9JE www.cathkidston.co.uk Back towards Neal street and you’ll notice the lifestyle store Urban Outfitters (which is actually on Earlham Street) Quirky home wares with a vintage vibe and quite a few novel gifts alongside fashion items Urban Outfitters, 42-46 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LJ www.urbanoutfitters.com Turn right off Neal Street into Shorts Gardens and on the right you’ll find Sass & Belle Gifts and pretty home accessories with a vintage, shabby chic feel Sass & Belle, 35 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9PX www.sassandbelle.co.uk Furniture and accessories for the home and workspace Do, 34 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9PX www.do-shop.com Back to Neal street, if you want some something to eat you could try Neal’s Yard which is a little enclave tucked out of the way and you can find it by crossing over Neal Street into the second part of Short’s Gardens and you’ll see a sign by an alley way. And behind you is a shopping centre called Thomas Neal’s which houses mainly fashion brands. When you’ve finished return back to Neal Street and continue to walk down and when you reach the end you’ll see the Molteni & C shop across the road on Shaftsbury Avenue Fabulous contemporary furniture – sofas, beds and wardrobes Molteni & C, 199 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR www.molteni.it You will also notice the paint and DIY store Leyand SDM close by . This is a handy shop to know about if you need any decorating bits and pieces Leyland SDM, 167-169 Shaftsbury Avenue, london WC2H 8AN www.leylandsdm.co.uk If you cross the road to Neal Street you’ll notice Monmouth Street which is a lovely road to walk down. You will see Monmouth who make fabulous coffee; this place doesn’t have many seats available so order a take out and enjoy! Home accessories in Orla Kiely trademark bold and beautiful designs Orla Kiely, 31 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD www.orlakiely.com/uk Continue down Monmouth Street and you’ll see a mini roundabout called Seven Dials and on your right you’ll find Earlham Street Few interesting gifts and home accessories Magma, 8 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9RY www.magmabooks.com Back to Monmouth Street and if you continue to the second half Stockholm shop selling clothes and a few home accessories Gudrun Sjoden, 65-67 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DG www.gudrunsjoden.com Back up to Seven Dials into Mercer Street and then right into an enclosed shopping area called St Martin’s Courtyard. Here you’ll find restaurants and plenty of fashion stores Great gifts, pretty furniture and home accessories The White Company, St Martin’s Courtyard, Slingsby Place, London WC2 www.thewhitecompany.com When you’ve finished browsing The White Company turn right out of the store and walk straight ahead and then you’ll find yourself back on Long Acre and if you turn left you’ll be heading back to Covent Garden tube station and you’ll spot Muji Unbranded gifts and home accessories with a minimal style Muji, 37-38 Long Acre Road, London WC2E 9JT www.muji.eu If Leicester Square tube station is more convenient for you just turn right when you are on Long Acre and it’s a short walk. So that concludes the Covent Garden tour, I hope you enjoyed it. See below for some relevant links if you want to investigate further. Covent Garden tube station is on the Piccadilly line. Relevant links to explore; www.coventgardenlondonuk.com www.sevendials.co.uk www.stmartinscourtyard.co.uk www.ltmuseum.co.uk www.roh.org.uk Credits: text and images by Homegirl London. Disclosure: This feature includes the following affiliate partners – The White Company, Cath Kidston and Urban Outfitters (if you click through from my website and purchase items from the affiliates I will earn a small commission).