Neal's Yard

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Neal's Yard
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Length 0.04 mi (0.06 km)
Location London Borough of Camden
Postal code WC2H 9DP
Coordinates 51°30′52″N 0°07′35″W / 51.5144°N 0.1265°W / 51.5144; -0.1265
Southeast end Shorts Gardens
Northwest end Monmouth Street
Inauguration late 1600s

Neal's Yard is a small alley in London's Covent Garden between Shorts Gardens and Monmouth Street which opens into a courtyard. It is named after the 17th century developer, Thomas Neale.[1]

In 1976 alternative activist and entrepreneur Nicholas Saunders started the bulk Whole Food Warehouse; he had bought the Nr. 2 of the derelict Neal's Yard, a warehouse for the nearby Covent Garden fruit and veg market, for £7,000 a few years earlier. From this success grew various other enterprises in other buildings such as Neal's Yard Coffee House, Neal's Yard Bakery, Neal's Yard Dairy and the Neal's Yard Apothecary.[2][3][4]

It now contains several health-food cafes and values-driven retailers such as Neal's Yard Remedies, Neal's Yard Dairy, Casanova & daughters and Wild Food Cafe.[5][6]


  1. ^ "In and Around Covent Garden: Neal's Yard". Covent Garden. Retrieved September 2, 2017. 
    "In and Around Covent Garden: Neals Street". Covent Garden. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Albery, Nicholas. "Obituary for Nicholas Saunders". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2 February 1999. 
  3. ^ Stuart, Flora Maxwell (5 February 1998). "Obituary: Nicholas Saunders". The Independent. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "History, With love from Neal's Yard". Neal’s Yard. Retrieved September 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ Sherrie Nachman (3 May 1998). "The Unbeaten Path". The Washington Post.  via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  6. ^ Sarah Lyall (5 April 1998). "Streets of Dreams; Monmouth St., 2 blocks to satisfy any whimsy". The New York Times. 

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