I’ve listed nine reasons to visit Neal Street in Covent Garden, London WC2. I’ve been hanging out in the area to compile a few guides. Neal Street is a lovely shopping destination, especially if you’re looking for footwear, streetwear and youth fashion brands. Some shops appear on Neal Street, but their official address might be another street; however, I will include those in my round-up. If you’re looking for the best shopping streets in Covent Garden, shoe shops in London or things to do in WC2, you’ll enjoy my Neal Street round-up.
Nine Reasons To Visit Neal Street Covent Garden List
1. The main reason to visit Neal Street is the wide selection of shops selling shoes, sandals, trainers, boots and more. These include Vans (skater and old school trainers), Dr Marten’s (leather boots and shoes), Schuh (various shoe brands and trainers), Birkenstock (comfy sandals and clogs), Superga (casual trainers), Vivo Barefoot (minimalist footwear) (above) and Jones the Bootmaker (Chelsea boots and more). You’ll also pass by Camper (casual footwear), which is officially on Shelton Street. In my opinion, it is the best street in London to shop for shoes.
2. If you’re a skateboarder or just like the skater fashion look, you must check out Vans and No Chaos (above), where you can buy skateboards, clothing and footwear.
3. Youth female fashion stores worth checking out include Skinnydip London (cute clothing, bags and more with slogans) (above) or Brandy Melville (collegiate style sweatshirts and casualwear).
4. There are a few vintage stores dotted around the area. Vintage Shops on Neal Street include Pickenweight Vintage Kilo Store (buy clothing by how much it weighs), Goldsmith Vintage (chic vintage clothing), Subdued (look for the ‘Remixed’ clothing line) and Urban Outfitters (look for their ‘Renewal’ clothing line).
5. Lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters (UK) has a large store officially on Earlham Street, but the entrance looks like it is on Neal Street. You’ll find womenswear, menswear and homeware inside. Brands include Von Dutch, Adidas, Juicy Couture and more.
6. Diesel is the streetwear and casualwear youth brand officially on Earlham Street but has an entrance on Neal Street. If you’re looking for denim, this is the best bet.
7. If you want to treat yourself to a beauty product, or two, you’ll enjoy browsing bareMinerals (clean cosmetics). Sabon (luxury bath, skin and body products) is perfect if you want to buy a gift for a friend or family member).
8. Another interesting shop to buy gifts at is The Astrology Shop. I used to purchase personal astrology readings as birthday presents for friends. They also sell crystals, gemstones, buddhas, candles and other spiritual stuff, along with books.
9. I’ve eaten at the Punjab Restaurant, which is said to be the oldest North Indian Restaurant in the UK. It opened in 1946 and is still going strong today. The food is excellent so book a table for dinner.
Neal Street Covent Garden Information
If you want to visit Neal Street, the nearest station is Covent Garden, and Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square and Holborn are other stations within walking distance. If you want a quick bite for lunch, try Fafa’s, it’s a falafel bar at the end of Neal Street that is officially on Monmouth Street. The large food hall, Seven Dials Market, opens from noon and is worth checking out. To see more pictures take a look at my Love Covent Garden Pinterest Board. Those wanting to explore the area further, please read my posts:
Ten Things To Do In Covent Garden
Visit Seven Dials Covent Garden
Best Shopping Streets Covent Garden
Ten Reasons To Visit The Yards Covent Garden
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs Homegirl London.