The Bead Shop  

 
 
ADDRESS
21A Tower Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NS
 
 
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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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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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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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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £134  25% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
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London > Shopping > Ladies Fashion
61-63 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
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London > Shopping > Florists
17 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
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London > Restaurants > Mexican restaurants
10 Upper St Martin's Lane, St Martin's Courtyard, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
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7 Upper St. Martin's Lane, WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
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32 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
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London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
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10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 6 minutes from The Bead Shop
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25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Bead Shop
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London > Nightlife > Pubs
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Detroit Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
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London > Nightlife > Bars
6-7 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
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London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Phoenix Street, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Bead Shop
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London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
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London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from The Bead Shop
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