Neal's Yard

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Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 3 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
May 2021
Neal's Yard is a small alleyway in London's Covent Garden neighbourhood. It runs between Short's Gardens and Monmouth Street, and midway it opens into a small but picturesque and brightly-coloured courtyard that is an Instagrammer’s dream.

It is named after the 17th century developer, Thomas Neale. However, prior to the mid-1970s it was apparently just a laneway in which local businesses put their rubbish to await collection. In 1976, entrepreneur Nicholas Saunders started the bulk Whole Food Warehouse at 2 Neal's Yard, in a derelict warehouse. From this success, other businesses moved in, and today it hosts a colourful collection of small ethical and sustainable businesses.

There’s plenty of delightful shops to browse in, or to spend some time in with with a fresh coffee, or something more alcoholic, a delicious. pastry, some cheese and charcuterie, or a more substantial meal. You can pamper yourself with some Neal’s Yard Remedies’ skincare products, or a new coiffure at Hair by Fairy.

It’s not a huge space by any means, so the size of the businesses limit the number of patrons. It does get busy with shoppers and tourists, so consider yourself lucky if you can get a table under the tree in the centre of the courtyard. But whatever the reason for your visit, have your camera ready for that colourful insta or selfie.

Neal’s Yard is tucked away in a corner of Covent Garden, a bit removed from the main tourist and bustle, close to the Seven Dials district and a five-minute walk from Covent Garden underground station, served by the Piccadilly line.

It's my favourite corner of Covent Garden.
Written May 30, 2021
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Chicago, IL2,856 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This little yard, in Covent Garden/Seven Dials, is a great little respite from the busy city. Make your way back here and enjoy the calm courtyard and fun businesses within it, most of which are focused on bread, food, and wine. A great little find in a fun part of London.
Written May 29, 2022
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James H
London, UK342 contributions
Feb 2020
I adore Neal's Yard in London! It gives a tucked away vibe despite being in a densely touristy area. Filled with colour and character it is nice just to walk through the street and admire the buildings. What makes this area even more enjoyable is the range of restaurants and cafes in the area. Two very good vegetarian and vegan restaurants are in Neal's Yard. It is also well worth grabbing some products from Neal's Yard shop.
Written February 19, 2020
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Israel1,547 contributions
Mar 2020
Very nice hidden yard. We've got there by our way from the Lester Square to the Covent Garden. Nice little colorful shops and cafes make this place nice and cosy. A place usually busy and it's hard to find a place to seat and have a cup of coffee. Worth for a short visit.
Written February 13, 2021
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Teresa M
London, UK238 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a treat for me from my daughter. I have never have my face done before and I was a bit disappointed of the outcome. I have the signature facial treatment for 60mins. I thought the clock start when you lay on the bed But was surprising that it started as soon as you entered the room (ie include when you change or took off some of of your clothes) I must admit the lady was very friendly and she made me feel relaxed but she doesn’t actually explain what she was doing . Too much falafel. I was lying there wondering what she’s gonna do next. She asked what skin I have. She could have reassured me that I have the right ty of skin. I end up feeling dissatisfied but I would like to tried have my facial done again but somewhere else
Written March 15, 2020
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Bruce L
Roberts Creek, Canada1,619 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We were renting in nearby Soho and during a "lazy Saturday" when we were returning from an early morning outing, we took a detour from Charing Cross Road, where just a few minute's walk to the East, near "The Seven Dials " we found this delightful little shopping mecca. What a treat, to wander down an alleyway, just a block from the Seven Dials intersection, and discover these colourful buildings, awash in greenery, with barreled trees - so quiet & eclectic. We enjoyed a cuppa at a table while watching others, faces breaking out into smiles, as they gazed about and took in the wonderful setting. There are numerous shops offering local cheeses, organic and homeopathic products, massages (the real ones), restaurants, clothing, salons and more. A terrific break for the urban weary.
Written September 21, 2014
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Los Angeles32 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
Neal's Yard (close by London's COVENT GARDEN) is very cute and many of the buildings feature whimsical paint colors. There are also small boutique hotels and a few retail shops. But the best reason to go there is NEAL'S YARD DAIRY! As featured on the Travel Channel, this place is the place to go for authentic local cheeses coming directly from the surrounding farms. Here you will find all sorts of English Cheddars you've never heard of as they are named after the farms they come from. The operators of this small shop are very friendly offering lots of tastings to help you decide what to buy. Just an excellent cheese shop and a treasure in London!
Written August 11, 2013
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vancouver, BC32 contributions
Aug 2012 • Solo
walking around covent garden for days on end, deciding to get to know the side streets and alleyways a little better and POOF! I walk into this colourful little wonderland called Neal's Yard. Full of cute shops and vegan restaurants and cafes, I was truly amazed. Beautiful, and definitely one of the highlights of my London trip.
Written September 24, 2012
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Bournemouth, UK109 contributions
Aug 2011 • Friends
love this esoteric part of the spiritual hippy London and its wonderful energies. Great shops and cafes and nice to see a place that isn't all hype and mass produced products and food and bland people that are just corporate and boring. Great place for an afternoon when the sun is shining - even if just for the camp value. Outdoor cafes, interesting and unusual shops, some interesting and strange people all go to make this a place of great wealth and interest. I love listening to the conversations in the cafes - so much spiritual and new age - it is so rewarding to be around people who often do not buy into the big business ethos and are 'doing their own thing.'

Wish we had a place like this in Bournemouth where I live.
Written July 6, 2012
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United Kingdom3,113 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
we were walking around covent garden and walked a little further and came across this fabulous place with lots of cafes / restaurants and shopping. so very different and nice to have a coffee and watch the world go by. it had a mediterranean feel to it.
Written June 12, 2012
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