Arthur Beale is a surprising London shop: an old-fashioned yacht chandler located on Shaftesbury Avenue. You can buy nautical goods and shipping supplies at this unique shop that has changed little since it opened in the 1800s.
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.
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This place is literally 100s of years old and was apparently originally based on the bank of the river Fleet and only moved when it was covered over.
Stepping in, you are not only walking into a chandlers but also walking back in time. The interior looks much as it would have done a century ago and they are selling much of the same stuff. I'm not sure how it manages to survive, but I'm...more
Just when I thought I could not find a 94 year old retired naval officer a gift from London, out pops Arthur Beales.
Way over 100 years old I stumbled upon this boat store in the middle of London.
I purchased a 100 year anniversary Titantic whistle only to be told by the shop owner that today (April 14th) was the 100 year anniversary of the Titantic!
Friendly owner and everything you...more
This place is very much what chandler's used to be. Don't expect huge displays of goods for sale: most likely what you want is hidden under the cellar stairs.
No modern sense of 'have a nice day' service, more of a 'take your time but get it right' attitude. I bought 20m of cotton rope, and loved the measuring out on a wooden yard stick.
Sufficeth to say I love this place and think that it's...more
Difficult to understand why its here and not in the backstreet of some fishing port but here it is. Old fashioned bits and pieces for boats!more
I am no sailor, nor do I own a boat. I attempted to sail once, it was fantastic but as I have a busy schedule and South London is rather lacking in open waters, I have not taken it up since.
I am however, fascinated by this oddly placed sailing shop in Covent Garden.
I have been in once or twice, enchanted by the various shiny metal boat hooks and fittings. I was looking at them more in...more