Arthur Beale

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Covent Garden

There are some odd shops in London, but few beat the surprise factor of finding a yacht chandler in Shaftesbury Avenue. Arthur Beale is a retail survivor, hanging on long after many of the other chandlers went bust. It may look old-fashioned – and it stubbornly holds out against this new-fangled internet thing – but the stock is as useful now as it ever was for sailors. On the ground floor you’ll find everything from reels of rope, ship’s bells, barometers and brass navigation lights to basic boating hardware such as cleats, fairleads and lacing hooks. On the first floor you’ll find books, boots and lifejackets.


Venue name: Arthur Beale
Address: 194 Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 9am-6pm; Thu-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
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Nicky G
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Not only was it a very pleasant surprise to find a ship chandler in Central London, the very accommodating staff even specially ordered in the specific 12V 21W Halogen bulbs for my boat that can't be found online, and gave me a call when I arrived. Not just good for boat supplies though, if you ever want a quality Breton top, wet weather gear or any variety of rope, these guys have you covered. Hurray for this classic local business managing to stick around!

Lara M

Arthur Beale is knowledgeable and eclectic. Just what you need and some things you never knew you needed. Like walking back in time and walking forward toward a dream...

Trooper B

Great little shop full of.....stuff!!! Ideal for that "need in a hurry" tool or piece of theatrical ironmongery!

Alex R

Just the most fantastic, quirky, proper shop - staff who know their subject, high quality items, great range and affordable prices - it both surprises and delights from the seasoned sailor to the casual shopper. And, its over 400 years old! How good is that!! A perfect 'shed'.

Chris T

Not just for sailing enthusiasts (though perfect for them) Arthur Beale is up-to-date yet delightfully old-fashioned in quite the best sense. The shop is crammed with interesting things, from vital bits of hardware to books and high-quality clothing in which to defy the elements. Everything they stock is practical or beautiful or both! And the staff are helpful and knowledgable. It's a gem and a lovely link to an older London.

s r

A credit to London.From quintessential sailing and outdoors to ...'modernising your bathroom'! (Arthur Beale made a bespoke clothes-drying line for mine). And heaven if you're looking for quirky gifts you're unlikely to find easily ANYWHERE else (or even to imagine existed). Staff are a treat, too. If they're not too busy, see if you can persuade them to give you "the grand tour".

James M

This is one of London's best kept secrets. The passion and determination shown by the owners and staff is admirable.

Judith R

It's not just for sailing gear but also great selection of rugged outdoor kit.

Roger K

The best chandler in the whole UK let alone London. They also have a fantastic history associated with them.

Paul D

This special chandlers is a unique experience as it's the only traditional remaining one in London. It stays just the same and they engage you with professional unassuming expert knowledge, service with a smile and many much more; read on.

Arthur Beale's 'Events' are a delightful boon to boot: Quaint, quirky and fascinating they unfold now and then and the icing on the cake is the potential for the chance meeting new people in the pub afterwards. 

Friendly camaraderie, the hallmark of lovers of the sea and all the other watery bits, is what it's all about So, ready about? Lee ho and even if you're not really in to boat bollocks just get down there and check out all that intoxicating nautical tackle for a start.

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