Spex in the City

Shopping, Opticians Covent Garden
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This small and friendly Seven Dials outlet, run by Gillian Caplan, offers sight tests, lens fitting, fabulous frames and, perhaps most importantly, really good style advice. Optician Caplan prides herself on taking as much time as necessary to help you into the right frames, taking into account face and eye shape, even hairstyle. A carefully chosen range includes frames by European designers Freudenhaus and Alain Mikli, Australian Roger Henley plus Brits Booth & Bruce, John Richmond and Oliver Goldsmith. Also check out Caplan’s expanding line of own-brand frames as well as the ultra cool sunnies by the likes of Black Flys, Versace and Diesel.


Venue name: Spex in the City
Address: 1 Shorts Gardens
Opening hours: Open 11am-6.30pm Mon-Fri; 11am-6pm Sat; 1-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube
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I went to Spex for an eye test with the roaming optometrist and was thoroughly impressed with the service. My only reservation is that the glasses were just too expensive for me when factoring in both frames and lenses. I understand that they specialise in small batch (often handmade) glasses but I think it would be wise to offer some slightly cheaper alternatives too.

Great choice if you are looking for something a little bit different. I had been looking for a vintage 60s style frame but with a more wearable modern twist and found the perfect pair in beautiful classic tortoise shell. As a first timer I was apprehensive and a rather reluctant and indecisive customer, but was given excellent advice from the lovely patient owner Gillian. My boyfriend was enlisted to help with the arduous task of finding my dream glasses and he ended up finding his perfect pair too, he'll be paying a visit to Specs in the City soon I'm sure!

I was recommended Spex in the City by a friend who has impeccable taste. The whole experience was top notch from sight test to frame selection. I haven't worn glasses for a long time and was nervous about what to choose. Gillian selected about ten pairs for me and I ended up choosing the first pair she had picked out. (I have heard this usually happens when you're in Gillian's safe hands!) Gillian and her team were so calmly knowledgable and made glasses-buying a surpringly enjoyable experience! I was so impressed that my husband phoned up and got an appointment the same afternoon. We are now a two Gillian Caplan glasses wearing household! Very happy customers!

Fantastic selection of frames and genuine honest style advice combined with delightful hospitality. It's a pleasure shopping here - the store's cute and a welcome change from the chains and I feel valued - all round lovely experience.