Neal's Yard

Coordinates: 51°30′52″N 0°07′35″W / 51.5144°N 0.1265°W / 51.5144; -0.1265
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Neal's Yard
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Neal's Yard is located in Central London
Neal's Yard
Shown within Central London
Length0.04 mi (0.064 km)
LocationLondon Borough of Camden
Postal codeWC2H 9DP
Coordinates51°30′52″N 0°07′35″W / 51.5144°N 0.1265°W / 51.5144; -0.1265
Southeast endShorts Gardens
Northwest endMonmouth Street
Inaugurationlate 1600s
Monty Python Blue plaque at Neal's Yard.

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, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam bought offices at 11 Neal's Yard,[2] and alternative activist and entrepreneur Nicholas Saunders established the bulk Whole Food Warehouse; he had bought 2 Neal's Yard, a derelict warehouse previously used by the former Covent Garden fruit and vegetable market, for £7,000 a few years earlier. From this success, grew other enterprises in other buildings such as Neal's Yard Apothecary (now known as Neal's Yard Remedies), Neal's Yard Bakery,[3][4][5] Monmouth Coffee Company and Neal's Yard Dairy,[6]

The area now contains several other health-food cafes and retailers.[7][8]



  1. ^ "In and Around Covent Garden: Neal's Yard". Covent Garden. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  2. ^ Hind, John (7 December 2013). "Terry Gilliam: 'I had a big row with John Cleese about tinned peaches'". the Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
  3. ^ Albery, Nicholas (5 February 1998). "Obituary for Nicholas Saunders". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2 February 1999.
  4. ^ Stuart, Flora Maxwell (5 February 1998). "Obituary: Nicholas Saunders". The Independent. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  5. ^ "History, With love from Neal's Yard". Neal’s Yard. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  6. ^ Fort, Matthew (12 January 2008). "Around Britain with a fork". Guardian. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  7. ^ Nachman, Sherrie (3 May 1998). "The Unbeaten Path". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
  8. ^ Sarah Lyall (5 April 1998). "Streets of Dreams; Monmouth St., 2 blocks to satisfy any whimsy". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009.

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