Bead Shops in London and Online
Below is a list of some bead shops in London that we use - but please note we cannot promote any suppliers or guarantee the level of service or quality.
Beadworks UK (Covent Garden)
21a Tower Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NS
Monday - Saturday 10:30 to 7:00, Sunday 11:00 - 5:00
The ground floor has Czech and Indian glass, Chinese ceramics, Swarovski crystals, kits and a variety of stringing materials as well as seed beads, cubes and base metal findings. Downstairs you have semi-precious stones, bulk buys of Swarovskis, precious metals, pearls and tools (ask at the counter). You will be able to find a lot of it cheaper online, but it's good to see things with your own eyes and not have to wait for the post.
Unit 2.11, Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW
From Claire: "Claire Aristides Jewellery School is based in central London, we teach beginners to advanced classes on jewellery making, chain mail, wiring and cocktail rings etc. We also have a fabulous range of beads, silver and gold chains, unique beads such as really big acrylic beads (up to 25mm), ribbed metal balls (8mm to 16mm), diamante bling beads (8mm to 16mm) and lots more! Our shop is like a candy store, and our website is being update to include all of our wonderful range."
31 Smiths Court, Brewer Street, London W1D 7DP
Tel: 020 77341982
Monday - Friday 9:30 - 5:45, Saturday 10:30 - 5:45, Sunday closed
This shop has wood and bone beads, seed beads, and good prices on stringing materials. They also have an impressive selection of Swarovski shapes including ones not seen elsewhere, and do bulk purchasing. The pricing system (queue at a different desk before queuing to pay) takes ages, and it can be very frustrating on a Saturday. VAT will be included in prices from Christmas 2014, and they are now offering beading workshops.
5 Church Road, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 2UG
Make and Do
A new shop has opened on Prospect Street, Caversham, called Make & Do. It is very new but has a few beads, fabrics and other crafty things. It has a workshop area that can be used by interested groups, such as us, and workshops of its own as well.
Website: www.makeanddoworkshops.com Telephone: 07582 495086
A jewellery school and bead shop open in Enfield for the last 3 years, with a nice bright showroom and wide selection of beads, running jewellery classes in a separate tutorial room. Their video gives you a little peek into the shop and what it has to offer, which is often far more than it has online because stock goes in and out of the shop quite quickly. Click here for the video.
Website: www.indiviJewelistic.com Telephone: 0203 231 5117
Choi's Jewellery Supplies
226 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AA, London
"Choi's provides quality materials to our customers who are involved in jewellery making, craft and fashion. We also are getting involved in the community by supporting local schools and offering anyone involved in craft free use of our space. Choi's is owned and run by South Korean jewellery designer Yun-Hee Choi who is passionate about the arts and being creative. The idea behind Choi's is more than just being a place to shop. The idea is to create a hub for creativity by allowing free use of our work space and the free use of our tools to all involved in the arts. Choi's hopes that a shared space will lead to shared ideas and be of inspiration to the next generation of jewellery designers, beaders and fellow artists. Chois provides the following products and services:
- A large range of glass, resin, plastic, acrylic and metal beads.
- A selection of semi-precious stones.
- A selection of findings, metal components, pendants (wood and metal), charms and chains.
- Cords, trimmings, sequins, buttons and tassels.
- Choi's are happy to help with any projects and discuss your ideas.
- Adult and children’s jewellery making workshops.
- Free work space and free use of our tools within the shop.
- Free wi-fi
- Refreshments like organic South Korean teas and coffee are available to purchase."
Online Bead Shops
Below is a list of some online bead shops that we use - but please note we cannot promote any suppliers or guarantee the level of service or quality.
Big Bead Little Bead
Offering beads of all sizes, shapes and materials, plus brass charms, jewellery chains, embellishments, jewellery findings and genuine vintage beads, chains, charms and findings. Whilst showcasing the work of independent Artist Bead Makers to provide one of a kind handmade beads in ceramic, glass, metal, paper and polymer clay.
Big Bead Little Bead strives hard to offer the same friendly service that you would expect from a walk in bead shop, with all orders despatched the same day, worldwide shipping, low postage rates and a loyalty programme to reward customers.
Fantastic Czech beads in all kinds of colours and finishes, plus lots of Swarovski pendants and beads, findings and stringing materials. Excellent prices on glass and Swarovski.
BeadMerchant - CLOSED
Mainly Japanese seed and shaped glass beads and some amazing kits, plus Delica cylindrical beads.
Now online only
The convenient and well-laid out shop in Kingly Court off Carnaby Street has now closed, but the website is still trading.
A range of sizes and colours for Miyuki and Toho seed, cylinder and shaped beads, czech beads, focal and accent beads, needles, threads and cords and tools and accessories.
Bead AuraWebsite: http://www.beadaura.co.uk
Previously had a shop in Neal's Yard but now completely online, selling all types of beads including glass, metal beads, gemstones, findings and other equipment.
Sterling silver and gold findings, clasps, chain and stringing materials.
"We have a huge range of glass beads, seed beads, charms, and Swarovski Crystals, as well as findings, tools, and stringing materials at really competitive prices. We also have a reward points system where customers can collect 5 points for every pound they spend. These points can then be redeemed online for anything in store and have no expiry date." Also weekly blog and Design ideas section.
Silversmithing and heavy equipment
These are suppliers for silversmithing and jewellery manufacture, who will have mandrels and other heavier equipment.