Introducing…. Ahlem

Introducing Ahlem Manai-Platt. Ahlem has created a beautiful eyewear collection which we are delighted to bring to Grey Street!

A proud Parisian, Ahlem has named each frame after a famous neighbourhood or landmark in the French capital; the frame captures the feeling and colours of that particular place.
Small details mean a lot! Each frame is designed and handmade with an unrelenting attention to detail. Lightweight palladium is dipped in 3microns of gold and impeccably finished with vintage acetate temple tips. Flex hinges come with a lifetime guarantee.

We officially launch Ahlem THIS SUNDAY 3rd December as one of our Super Sunday specials, come along to be first to view these amazing frames!


Christmas Market…that time already?

The Christmas market has landed on Grey Street, yes it IS that time already!

There is a great atmosphere in town and the sun is shining!

If you’re coming in to start the Christmas shopping, make sure you call in and say hi! Did you know we offer a free glasses MOT? Get that wobbly arm tightened, let us check the fit of you’re frames or just get you’re lenses cleaned so they are extra sparkly for the Christmas season!

If you really want to look the part over the festive season, we have just taken delivery of lots of new frames following our trade show visit last month.

There are amazing new colours from LA Eyeworks, up-cycled vinyl beauties from Vinylize and all of the latest Garrett Leight frames are now in stock.

Why shy away from wearing glasses? Get some amazing frames that you can’t wait to show off to your friends! We have the finest array of independent eye-wear, right here on Grey Street. Come and take a look!



Eye Test

This is Hannah, our new optometrist! She will be at Grey St. Optician two days a week to share the eye test workload with Nic and Tim. Don’t worry, you will be in very safe hands! Hannah recently completed a Masters of Science in Optometry and works at the hospital eye department at the RVI 3days a week. In her spare time, she likes to keep fit and travel. We know you will love her!
To book an eye test with Hannah, Nic or Tim click here.

*Please note that our appointment times have been extended to 40minutes to give us more time to talk to you! By listening to your needs we can offer tailored advice that can really make a difference to you.

Show time!

Laura, Rachel and Hannah arrive in Paris for an international eyewear trade show. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!
After an exhausting but exciting few days we have lots of new things we can’t wait to show you. New brands, new models, new colours and new concepts will be winging their way to Grey Street over the coming months.
Make sure you’re first to know when they arrive by following us on:

In case you were wondering:
Laura is wearing an Orgreen aviator with an amazing new colourway, affectionately described as ‘Matt fog grey’!
Rachel’s GLCO aviators have been pimped up with a pink custom tint. We have lots of bespoke tint options and ideas that can transform your eyewear, ask in store for details!
Hannah’s frame is from Grey St. Optician favourite, L.A.Eyeworks. Bold, bright and beautiful but very wearable I’m sure you will agree!
All of these frames are in stock right now!!!


Pilot’s glasses, or aviators, were originally designed in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb.
Many of you have, or have had, a pair of aviator sunglasses. Now, with a little refinement in shape and style, it’s aviator optical frames which are causing a stir!
At Grey Street we have aviators large and small! Technical, lightweight frames from Mykita or laid back west coast cool from Garrett Leight California Optical. Among our favourites in Garrett’s collection are the foldable ‘Van Buren’ model and the classic ‘Club House’ which is pictured above. These beauties have just come back in to stock (and do not hang around) so hurry in now to give them a try!

Hula Blues

Hula Blues is a collaboration between two juggernauts of the independent eyewear world!
Maui Jim have teamed up with Vinylize to produce a one-off Sunglass frame that is very special indeed.
The frame is handmade in the Vinylize factory in Budapest using upcycled records. The different grooves on the record making each frame unique.
The lenses have Maui Jim’s all singing, all dancing polarised plus 2 technology. They are amazing to look through!
This Sunglass is hot property! Order a pair exclusively at Grey St. Optician today!

NE1 Newcastle Motor Show

NE1 Newcastle Motor Show hits Grey Street this weekend! Come and try the simulator, ogle at the beautiful cars, and try on some awesome sunglasses at Grey St. Optician!
The sun is shining and the town is buzzing!
Make sure you say hi to our good friend and Grey St. client Kim at Porsche! Thanks for the pic Kim!
The NE1 Newcastle Motor Show is the largest open-air city-centre motor show on some of Britain’s most beautiful streets. There are some real head-turners from Bentley, Aston Martin, Tesla, BMW and many more!
Make sure you have sunglasses to look the part in when viewing (or hopefully driving!) these beautiful cars! We are open until 5.30pm on Saturday 8th and 11.30 to 4.30pm on Sunday 9th!

Great Glasses, Perfectly Fitted!

When you collect your new glasses from Grey St. Optician we take time to fit them perfectly.
World class eyewear deserves world class fitting!
Our team are highly trained and experienced and importantly, they are enthusiastic glasses wearers themselves.
Discover the joy of great glasses, perfectly fitted, at Grey St. Optician.

Sunglass event: Saturday, 3rd June

Don’t miss our sunglass event THIS Saturday, 3rd June. Featuring:

* New collections and previews
* Limited edition models in store for one day only
* Special offers / discounts for orders on the day
* Customisation Station – for bespoke tints and sunclips.
* Complementary pink champagne (or beer!)
* Order on the day for a chance to win a free Seiko watch or festival tickets.

Get in touch for more details or if you would like to join us. The fun will begin at midday!

Learn more about some of the amazing brands that will be on display:

Frame your face with L.A.Eyeworks

“Stop looking and start seeing”
Since 1979 L.A.Eyeworks have been breaking the mould with limited edition frame designs that are fresh, exciting and a little provocative.
A huge hit with celebrities that want to stand out from the crowd, why should we all blend in to the background? The simple answer is, we shouldn’t!
Be an eyewear celebrity, be bold, have fun, wear L.A.Eyeworks… we dare you!

“A face is like a work of art, it deserves a great frame”

Sunglasses 😎

2017 sunglasses are now in stock… and they are amazing!!!
Fresh new styles from Oliver Peoples, GLCO, Rayban, Maui Jim, Vinylize and many more!
At Grey St. Optician your new sunglasses will be perfectly fitted and come with a limited edition Grey St. tote bag.
If you need prescription sunglasses we have lots of new and exciting options; colour changing lenses, coloured anti reflective coatings, new polarised lens colours. You can give your sunglasses the wow factor and make them unique!

Newcastle Opticians

Grey St. Optician is a Newcastle Opticians with a difference.
We are a fun and forward thinking team of optics enthusiasts.
We are located in Newcastle’s finest street at the entrance to the historic Central Arcade.
We are proud to work with amazing independent eyewear designers from all across the planet.
We want you to look and feel amazing in your glasses and sunglasses!

Crazy for Sunglasses Clips!

We are crazy for sunglasses clips here at Grey St. Optician. Definitely the must have accessory for 2017!
We have awesome sunglasses clips from Oliver Peoples, Dita and Garrett Leight California Optical, and a few beauties from Mykita!
If you have your heart set on a frame which doesn’t come with a clip we have that covered too. We can customise clips to any colour or lens shade for any frame.
A customised clip can do amazing things to a pair of glasses! Come and check them out…

Vinylize: RSD 2017 Official Sponsor

April 22nd 2017 is the 10th annual Record Store Day!
What’s this got to do with glasses I hear you cry?
Well, RSD 2017 is sponsored by Vinylize, our hip new frame range made from upcycled records.
Each frame has the groove pattern of the record it was made from so no two frames are alike.
Grab yourself a unique collectors item on Record Store Day 2017 with Vinylize eyewear at Grey St. Optician.

Grey Street Glasses Gurus

We have just returned from a training day at a ‘secret location’, which turned out to be a rather nice hotel in London. It was great to meet up with friends from like-minded practices from around the country.
We learned lots of new skills which ranged from folding T shirts (ask us about this when you are next in store!) to delivering exceptional service.
We are back on Grey Street with a spring in our step, ready to serve like never before!

Choosing glasses should not be a chore! A Grey St. Optician Frame consultation is fun, free and informative. There is no obligation to buy. Contact us today to make an appointment.


There are 80 box sets of NVISIBLE in the whole world. One of them is at 103 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Clear vinyl is vinyl in its purest form, all other colours came later, even black!
The new limited edition NVISIBLE collection from Vinylize is different, it’s elusive, translucent, transient. The antithesis of black.
It is available NOW at Grey St. Optician.

Vinylize Eyewear

Upcycled Vinyl + Glasses = Vinylize.
The clever and creative people at the Tipton factory in Budapest have managed to combine two of the hippest things on the planet right now, vinyl records and cool eyewear!
“Grooves are the soul of a Vinylize frame”
Look closely to appreciate the details as no two frame are ever alike!
If you appreciate good design, unique handcrafted products and originality then come and take a look at Vinylize Eyewear! They are stocked exclusively at Grey St. Optician, 103 Grey Street, Central Exchange Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16EG

Unique Eye-glasses!

We are excited to unveil a truly unique collection of hand made Italian frames from designer Pierro Massaro.
When you look at glasses a lot, which we do, you realise how many people own EXACTLY the same frames!
With Pierro Massaro, only 100 of each frame design is produced and each frame is individually numbered. There is amazing technology in the screw-less hinge which allows you to change the colour of the arms if you so wish. Your Pierro Massaro glasses will be as unique and individual as you are!
The amazing thing about Pierro Massaro frames is that they have bright and interesting colours, yet they are ‘easy’ to wear. The secret is rhodoïd – a plastic material which comes from plant matter, not petrol, and allows amazing colour with a magical transparency.
These glasses need to be tried on… then tried on again in a different light… to be truly appreciated. You can try them on at Grey St. Optician, book a frame consultation with us today!

January Sale

At Grey St. Optician we pride ourselves on introducing the world’s finest eyewear. We were first to bring you Garrett Leight California Optical, Anne et Valentin and Dita… to name just a few. We have some amazing things in store for 2017!
To make way for exciting new frames, we are having a January sale. The quality of the sale frames is better than ever before! Grab a bargain on vintage Oliver Peoples, Tom Ford and other exclusive brands. Early viewing is strongly recommended!