This bead shop is fabulous. I know there's a bigger one around the corner, but this one is my favourite - the first one in London I went to.
I found the staff much more friendly this time. Once you know what you're doing, and they can talk to you about what you're buying, they're much more helpful. I'm not sure if that approach is the best, after all, helping out the people who need it makes sense to me, but they were nice.
They didn't have everything I wanted, but I came out spending much more then I expected - the range of special beads they have in here is much better than the standards - the charms especially. You could easily spend a lot of money in here.
It's worth noting as well that if you ask them for packs of some beads in large quantities, you don't have to spend ages counting them out. 100 headpins would have taken a bloody age to count!
Every time I go to London, I try to find a new bead shop to visit. This was one of the first ones I found. It's right around the corner from the Royal Opera House, so it's easy to find. It's a small shop that carries mostly large beads, pendants and charms. They do have crystals and some interesting glass, shell, and wooden beads, as well. (I found a couple of metal charms that I liked, but not much else.)
I don't consider it to be a real bead shop by my terms. It is really more of a do-it yourself jewelry shop- one that you can walk in, string a quick necklace and wear it out. It's the kind of place that's fun for kids or anyone that likes to dabble in jewelry making, but if you are a serious beader, this is not the place for you. That's not to say that I won't pop in the next time I walk by! ;) adventurousbeader.blogsp…
If you want to make a bracelet or a necklace for you or somebody else- this is a really cool place. You can find there a great variety of beads and other materials. The colours are stylish and you can create different unique combinations. I like my new green bracelet that I have made on my own.
Unfortunately, when I was there the last time I spent too much money on the beads.
I found this place by accident today. Some unusual beads. Lots of animal shapes. All appear to be Chinese origin.
I thought it a little pricey but picked up some stuff only to find that they had all been in the wrong sections or wrongly priced. One bead I thought reasonable at £2 was really £6 etc..not impressed I ended up buying one thing.
If you like making your own jewellery or even fancy a go at creating something unique for yourself or a friend, the London Bead Shop has everything you will ever need. From swarovski crystals to gemstones and wooden beads, they have a huge variety of colours and styles and if you aren't quite sure about what you are looking for, the staff are incredibly helpful and will spend time going around the store with you and give you tips and advice if you are a beginner. You can also buy books about making your own jewellery. The beads are quite expensive but they do have frequent special offers and bargain bins so it is aways worth a rummage around in these. This shop is great for inspiration if you are looking to get creative!
I absolutely adore the Bead Shop.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a jewellery designer, or want to create an individual present for a loved one (or yourself) then this is the place for you! With rows and rows of beads or every shape, colour and pattern; stars, little porcelain pigs, hearts, and silver trinkets amongst other goodies this is a fabulous shop full of treasure.
I once bought a pair of earrings that were basically a pearly shell. I left them at my friends house and was gutted. Two years later, i discovered this shop and the same shells! So i decided to 'make my own' pair again (literally the simplest task in the world). My homemade version cost me 60p, the lost pair had cost me 4 Euros. I know who's winning!
If you can dedicate a few hours to choosing exactly what you want to make, then you can create some stunning necklaces and bracelets full of trinkets and charms. The staff can help you with the string you need, and can advise you on what you need to design your dream jewels!
I absolutely love beads and making jewellery, but I hate the London Bead Shop.
Everything sold here is tacky and cheap looking. To rub salt into the wound the music that they listen to on repeat is enough to send anyone crazy.
The stock here is cheaper than many of the other bead shops in Covent Garden, so I was determined to find something to buy. I found nothing and have no intention of ever so much as looking in here.
Just of Carnaby Street in Neal's Yard, second floorGreat shop, just visiting is a massive inspiration for anyone creativeThey sell all kinds of beads, stones and jewells you can make your own accessries from. Also great for getting for clasps for neckleces and hooks for earrings. If you want to get really creative they also do courses and workshops for making jewellery
Great place. I went there many times for my beads and jewellry fixings. :) Beaded Delights By Stef
A very cool shop situated between covent garden and leicester square tube station. The variety of beads is definately capivating and you can never get enough of it. There is always something interesting in every corner. Prices are rather reasonable and service is great but most of the items are not labelled which makes it difficult to find stuffs. Cheapest bead i found cost just 5p!! Overall experience is great and I might just return and buy some beads to make christmas pressies for my friends!
I loved this shop! The man was very helpful. I said it was my first time there and he showed me how to make a Swarvorski earring and then let me keep it for free! The beads were cheap (I think - I'm new at this) and I bought £18 worth which I made one necklace, four earrings and a brooch out of which I thought was good value. I then went to the other store around the corner but it seemed more expensive (especially the materials, such as pliers) and the staff didn't approach me and ask for help. When I asked them how much a lesson cost, they didn't even know!
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