Visit Amazing Neal’s Yard in London
What is Neal’s Yard?
London’s Neal’s Yard is one of those amazing places that inspire travel. Its small and you won’t find much of anything exciting. But walking through the small alley that leads you from the busy streets of Covent Garden into Neal’s Yard is like entering a different world. Perhaps this is what makes it so special.
Really, Neal’s Yard is just a courtyard at the end small alley in Covent Garden between Shorts Gardens and Monmouth Street – a triangular area created by the buildings facing onto the three Seven Dials’ streets (Monmouth Street, Short’s Gardens and Neal Street).
There are internal courtyards like this all over Europe, but none that are dressed in such colour and hedonistic vibrancy!
Neal’s Yard is named after Thomas Neale, a 17th century developer. Thomas Neale developed the Seven Dials (where Neal’s Yard is located) from 1693 to around 1710. Neale hoped that the Seven Dials would become the most fashionable district in London. However, it sat derelict for many years until activist Nicholas Saunders acquired property in the area to develop the bulk Whole Food Warehouse.
Saunders continued to develop lifestyle positive projects in the area, including Neal’s Yard Coffee House, Neal’s Yard Bakery, Neal’s Yard Dairy and the Neal’s Yard Apothecary.
Today, this brightly painted courtyard contains several retailers that continue to sell healthy and lifestyle positive products. Retailers include Neal’s Yard Remedies, Neal’s Yard Dairy, Casanova & Daughters and Wild Food Cafe.
Make sure to check out the Neal’s Yard Facebook page to find out what’s going on!
How to get to Neal’s Yard
Finding this little courtyard is super easy. And if your visiting Covent Garden while in London, you may visit as its just a quick walk.
The best way to find Neal’s Yard is to take the Tube to Covent Garden. Just across the street you will find Neal Street. Follow it until you reach a street called Shorts Gardens and turn left. You only have to walk a few steps and then turn into the alleyway that leads to Neal’s Yard.
Where to Eat
You need to pick one of these fine restaurants if you’re planning to eat while in the area.
Perhaps most famous is the Wild Food Cafe. It is a vegetarian restaurant offering an array of raw dishes, with daily changing options that include salads, sandwiches and main dishes.
The Barbary is one of London’s best Mediterranean style restaurants. The menu is inspired by the countries along the Barbary Coast, including Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian to name a few of the regional cuisines served.
Homeslice in Covent Garden is a cosy 50-seat restaurant offering ten pizza choices a day. And its hugely popular. You can also grab a slice to go and sit out in the courtyard.
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