The Bead Shop

 
 
ADDRESS
21A Tower Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NS 
 
TELEPHONE
 
OPENING TIMES
Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Tue to Fri 10:30 - 18:00, Sat 10:30 - 17:00 | The basement closes 30 mins before the store closes
 

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  • Visitor Information

The walls of The Bead Shop just of St Martin's Lane in Covent Garden are lined with boxes full of carefully classified beads, clasps, tools and threads. You can spend hours browsing among the delicate beads which come in all shapes and sizes from Swarovski crystals to semi-precious stones. Even if you're a novice at making your own jewellery the expert staff are happy to help out. Not sure what width thread you need or how to crimp your clasp? They'll give you a brief beginners guide to the basics including a sheet of paper on how to securely tie your finished piece. If you've never gone browsing for beads before you'll find it strangely absorbing.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Leicester Square Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
City Thameslink Station
 
20 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
1 minutes walk
 
China Town Masterpark
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £85  22% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
In the middle of Covent Garden, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street (formally the Mountbatten) is perfect for those wanting to be in the heart of ... More
 
 
 
St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £186  25% off
45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
One of the first design hotels, it certainly hasn't lost any of its cool appeal and continues to impress with great service and high standards. The ... More
 
 
 
The Groucho Club
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
45 Dean Street, W1D | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
Formed in 1985, The Groucho Club is a private members club that's open to men and women. With accommodation available to its members, there are 20 ... More
 
 
 
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Etsy House
London > Shopping > Art and Design
Great Newport Street, WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
Etsy House opens in Covent Garden for three days on the 5th December 2014 selling a curated selection of some of the best that Etsy, the ... More
 
 
 
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Tenderproduct
London > Shopping > Art and Design
6 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from The Bead Shop
Tenderproduct is the second tender venture by Etan Ilfeld, who previously founded the neighbouring Tenderpixel Gallery, an innovative space for emerging talent. Tenderproduct is a shop ... More
 
 
 
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The Outsiders
London > Shopping > Art and Design
8 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
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Poste Mistress
London > Shopping > Ladies Fashion
61-63 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
Poste Mistress is the designer off-shoot of high street shoe shop Office. Its unique collection, only available here and at Harvey Nichols, features designers such as ... More
 
 
 
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The Wild Bunch
London > Shopping > Florists
17 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
Shrouded deep within the meandering warren of streets that criss-cross Covent Garden, Wild Bunch adds a welcome burst of colour to London's grey urban terrain. With ... More
 
 
 
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Adidas Originals Store
London > Shopping > Shoes
9 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
Adidas's flagship Originals store is just a few seconds stroll from the Seven Dials in Covent Garden(and just around the corner from LondonTown.com towers!) Gleaming and ... More
 
 
 
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 30th March to 12th April 2015
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet ...More
 
 
 
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War Horse
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 5 minutes from The Bead Shop
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
 
 
 
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 17th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 9 minutes from The Bead Shop
Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing, Jumpy, God of Carnage), who made her name as Debbie Aldridge in Radio 4's The Archers, makes her musical ...More
 
 
 
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St. Martin's Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
Designed as a companion theatre to the New Ambassador’s, which stands next to it, separated only by the narrow Tower Court, St Martin’s was completed in ... More
 
 
 
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Arts Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
6-7 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
The Arts Theatre was built in 1927 as a members club, which allowed it to circumvent the censorship laws and perform unusual and avant garde fare. ... More
 
 
 
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Palace Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1A | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
The towering Palace Theatre dominates Cambridge Circus. Five storeys of dark-red brick with octagonal towers on the top give it a looming aspect better suited to ... More
 
 
 
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19 Greek Street
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
19 Greek Street, W1D | 3 minutes from The Bead Shop
19 Greek Street is a gallery and interior design practice promoting sustainable and socially responsible design. "Eloquently demonstrating that eclectic design and functionality can indeed go ... More
 
 
 
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Elms Lesters Painting Rooms
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
135 Flitcroft Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from The Bead Shop
Elms Lesters Painting Rooms are housed in an extraordinary space, purpose built as a painting studio in 1904. Since 1984 the gallery has been specialising in ... More
 
 
 
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St Paul's Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from The Bead Shop
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Cantina Laredo
London > Restaurants > Mexican restaurants
10 Upper St Martin's Lane, St Martin's Courtyard, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
Opening on 22nd June 2010 as part of the new St Martin's Courtyard development in Covent Garden, Cantina Laredo is a high end Mexican restaurant that ... More
 
 
 
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The Ivy
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
1-5 West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
The Ivy takes centre stage as one of the most famous restaurants in the world, almost as well known for its theatrical associations as for its ... More
 
 
 
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Caffe Nero
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
30 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 6 minutes from The Bead Shop
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 12 minutes from The Bead Shop
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 12 minutes from The Bead Shop
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car ... More
 
 
 
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from The Bead Shop
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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Polpo at Ape and Bird
London > Nightlife > Pubs
142 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
When Russell Norman, famed for Polpo, Spuntino and Mishkin's, and as The Restaurant Man on BBC2, opened his first pub in November 2013 it seemed ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
One of the oldest pubs in London, the Lamb & Flag was once known as the Bucket of Blood, thanks to the bare-knuckle fights held here. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Norman's Coach & Horses
London > Nightlife > Pubs
29 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
Claiming to be 'the West End's Best Known Pub', Norman's Coach & Horses certainly has more than its fair share of unique features. Firstly there's the ... More
 
 
 
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Detroit Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
Covent Garden "style" bar serving cocktails and a chilled out, trendy vibe. Considered to be one of London’s original “style” or “concept” bars, despite being on the ... More
 
 
 
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The Phoenix Artist Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Phoenix Street, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
Beneath the Phoenix Theatre lies this charming escape from the norm. Something of a 'hidden gem' the Phoenix Artist Club is secreted away down a little ... More
 
 
 
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Kettner's Champagne Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
29 Romilly Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from The Bead Shop
Celebrate in style at this elegant yet wholly unpretentious Baroque champagne bar in the heart of Soho. Dimly-lit, effortlessly elegant and with gleaming Mahogany surfaces, Kettner's ... More
 
 
 
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, WC2H | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
 
 
 
 

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Stomp
Stomp
Theatre | Until 21st December 2014 

Ambassadors Theatre 1 minute walk from The Bead Shop

Stomp stages an aural assault on your senses at the Ambassadors Theatre. There is no plot, no dialogue and nobody ...More

 
Ghost Stories
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Theatre | Until 18th January 2015 

Arts Theatre 1 minute walk from The Bead Shop

Following a phenomenally successful run at the Lyric Hammersmith and a West End transfer Ghost Stories comes to the Arts ...More

 
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The Donmar Warehouse 1 minute walk from The Bead Shop

A New York novelist is given the opportunity to adapt his detective character of his books into a big-screen hero ...More

 
The Commitments
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Theatre | Until 19th April 2015 

Palace Theatre 2 minutes walk from The Bead Shop

Roddy Doyle's bestselling novel 'The Commitments', best known as a hit film in the 1990s, comes to the London stage ...More

 
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Salsa! 2 minutes walk from The Bead Shop

DJ Jorge Andre plays Latin, pop and commercial floor-fillers....More

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Salsa! 2 minutes walk from The Bead Shop

Courses are led by Alistair Sadler of The Streetbeat Salsa Co....More

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Sporting Events | Until 31st January 2015 

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The Mousetrap
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Theatre | Until 27th June 2015 

St Martin's Theatre 2 minutes walk from The Bead Shop

The longest running show in theatre history, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has been delighting and perplexing audiences for over 46 ...More

 
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Concerts | On 20th December 2014 

The Spice Of Life 2 minutes walk from The Bead Shop

A performance by the blues-rock artist with support from Jumpin Jesse Jones, Alaric Green, Matt Stockl & Marky Dawson....More

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Once
Theatre | Until 4th July 2015 

Phoenix Theatre 2 minutes walk from The Bead Shop

Having taken Broadway by storm, winning eight awards at the 2012 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and Best Actor, ...More

 
 

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