Image of bead objects on store shelf.

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Below are any beading and jewellery making related shops I know of. I have also included some others which may be of interest to you e.g. shops selling packaging and displays for jewellery, trimmings and buttons.

Please note that it may be wise to contact any shops you plan to visit to confirm they are still open and their times etc before travelling.

If you know of any other shops which you think should be listed here, please let me know.
Bead Aura
3 Neals Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP
Based in Covent Garden selling a range of beads and findings.
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39 Greville Street, London, EC1N 8PJ
Based near Hatton Gardens this shop sells findings, beads and tools
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Cookson Gold
49 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8YS
EDIT- after many, many instances of very bad service I do not recommend this company at all.

Also known as Exchange Findings; a trade counter for precious metals, findings and tools.
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Copy-right free images/ Dover Books
18 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LG
If you're looking for design inspiration then these books are the ideal starting point. Also some good books on colour and its use.
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Creative Beadcraft
1 Marshall Street, London, W1F 9BA
Formerly known as Ells and Farrier, this shop is great for jewellery stones, sequins, plastic beads and many other items.

Note the shop has recently moved to Marshall Street- near its previous location.
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Hobby Craft Greenford
Westway Cross, Shopping Park, Greenford Road, Greenford, London, UB6 0UW
Directions to Hobbycraft Greenford

From A40: turn off at junction signposted Greenford (A4127) Turn onto Greenford Road heading towards Harrow. Travel underneath Railway bridge and turn right at 2nd set of traffic lights into Westway Cross Shopping Park. HobbyCraft is near Boots.

Public transport: three minute walk from Greenford station (Central Line or Network Southeast) 10 - 15 min walk from Sudbury Hill station (Piccadilly line), Bus service no.'s 92, 105, 398 & E6.

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Hobby Craft Staines
S2 Two Rivers Retail Park Staines TW18 4WB
Directions to Hobbycraft Staines
  • The M25 passes very prominently through Staines
  • From London take the A316 which connects with the A308 at Sunbury
  • From Middlesex take the A30 into Staines
  • From South-West take the A30 through Staines
  • From Oxfordshire take the M40 / M25 through to Staines
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Hobby Craft Staples Corners
Unit D1 Staples Corner Shopping Park Geron Way, Staples Corner Brent Cross NW2 6LW
Hobbycraft Staples Corner is on Geron Way, at the Staples Corner Shopping Centre.

From the Staples Corner roundabout take the A5 Edgware Rd towards Kilburn and Cricklewood.
After approx 50yds, turn left on to the slip road to Staples Corner Shopping Centre. Drive past the cinema and the entrance to Hobby Craft is on the right hand side.
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Hobby Craft Watford
Century Retail Park, Dalton Way, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2SF
Directions to HobbyCraft Watford

From Ring Road take left lane for Bushey. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit. After passing Tesco, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and follow the one way system to the left. Turn right after B&Q. Century Park is on the left.

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HS Walsh
44 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8ER
Based in Hatton Garden this shop is perfect for all your specialist tool needs.
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International Craft
Unit 4, The Empire Centre, Imperial Way, Watford, WD24 4YH
Selling, beads, findings, tools and packaging.
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J Blundell & Sons Ltd
Ground & Basement, 25 St Cross Street, London, EC1N 8UH
Selling tools, findings and beads.
UPDATE JANUARY 2011- this shop has moved
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5 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GD
Selling a wide range of trimmings, tools and haberdashery items.
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London Bead Co
339 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ
Beads and more! Full of crystals, beads, books, tools, findings and so much more. The shop also sells supplies for all forms of needlework, knitting, quilting etc as well as some childrens clothes.
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London Bead Shop
24 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LN
Update August 2012- the website is down so the shop may or may not still be there
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Lynco House, 69 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3PL
Selling packaging and displays for your jewellery items.
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MacCulloch and Wallis
25 - 26 Dering Street, London, W1S 1AT
A great trimmings and haberdashery shop.
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20 St Cross Street, London, EC1N 8UN
Great for packaging and display items.
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R Holts
98 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8NX
Specialising in gemstones, they also run a variety of courses.
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24-28 Hatton Wall, London, EC1N 8JH
A wholesale supplier of silver and gold findings e.g. chain, clasps, wire as well as tools and gemstone beads.
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Swarovski Cosmos
24 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HW
New Swarovski shop which is worth a visit for the dazzle alone!
Showcasing all of their crystals, pendants, kits etc this shop is a real treasure trove and an excellent resource for designers. It will not have the cheapest prices but does have the full range.
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Temptation Alley
359/361 Portobello Road, London, W10 5SA
For trimmings, braids, fabric etc
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The Bead Shop
21a Tower Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9NS
Two floors of beads, tools, books and findings. Downstairs is mainly wholesale where you can buy larger quantities at better prices.
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The Button Queen
19 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2NF
'Londons only shop specialising in antique and modern buttons'.
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V V Rouleaux- Marylebone
102 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QD
A great shop for ribbons, trimming, sequins and other haberdashery style items. Also see Sloane Square branch.
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V V Rouleaux- Sloane Square
54 Sloane Square, Cliveden Place, London, SW1W 8AW
A great shop for ribbons, trimming, sequins and other haberdashery style items. Also see Marylebone branch.
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William Gee
520-522 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AH
A fabric and haberdashery shop in East London
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Willow Beads n Materials
Unit 2, Market Hall, Wood Green Shopping City, London N22 6YE
Situated in the market hall of Wood Green Shopping city this is a stall rather than a shop. They have no website but you can contact them on 07888 663 528 or They're open Monday - Saturday: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm, Sunday: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm.
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