Covent Garden has to be one of my favourite places in London. No matter the day or the time of day, it is always the place to be in London with lots going on and so many new things to see.
Did you know that Covent Garden has been a ‘market’ or trading area since the 7th century? It first came into existence in 1654 as a small fruit and vegetable market but it gradually fell into disrepute with taverns, theatres and even brothels opening up, turning into a well known red-light district by the 18th century. It actually took an act of parliament and the Charles Fowler building, the structure that stands today in 1830 for it to gain back its respectable status.
Skipping on a few years(!), Covent Garden is a tourist hub with cafes, pubs, restaurants and boutique style shops lining every edge of the square. There are also lots of hotels in Covent Garden so if you are looking for somewhere to stay, you can step out of bed and into the heart of London, it is absolutely ideal. As you can tell, I love Covent Garden so I thought I would share with all of you, my favourite ten things to do there.
1. Covent Garden Piazza
The Covent Garden Piazza is one of my favourite emblems of London. It is historical and regal and I always feels like it welcomes me home. The whole area has some fantastic new performers showing off their craft on the piazza from the iconic living statues, musical performers and performers creating magic tricks to entice the audience. It draws in the crowds and you can take a seat on the pretty flower covered swings on the square and enjoy the atmosphere.
2. Breakfast and brunch in Covent Garden
Covent Garden is the place to have breakfast and brunch with so many restaurants and cafes opening extra early to welcome visitors and they are great for early meetings too. My personal favourites have to be Balthazar for a french themed breakfast, Christopher’s for brunch style pancakes and La Goccia for a fancy light breakfast.
3. Beautify yourself in Covent Garden
Covent Garden is the best place to go and buy make up and be treated like a king or queen. There are so many beauty boutiques in the square and around it, with my personal favourites being Charlotte Tilbury, Dior, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and NARS. You always get the best service with free makeovers and make up artists are on hand to make you feel your absolute best.
4. Wander around Somerset House
Somerset House is an arts and exhibition space in the heart of London and it is remarkable to see it in all its glory. There is always something to do and see in Somerset House and I love the beautiful art features they always have on display.
5. Seven Dials and Neal’s Yard
Seven Dials and Neal’s Yard is the most quirkiest part of Covent Garden with unique boutiques to visit. There are more mainstream shops like Space NK, Urban Outfitters, Supergra, Office shoes and Skinny Dip. There are also pop up shops there so you can always find somewhere new to visit. Neal’s Yard is so colourful and has some of the best places to have dinner with vegan restaurants, various bars and some of the best pizza in the area.
6. Catch a play in Covent Garden
Being a part of the West End, Covent Garden has some of the best plays with talent on stage from all over the world. My personal favourite has to be The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, Aladdin The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre and Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre. You can easily spend an evening out in Covent Garden with a play and a delicious dinner.
7. London Transport Museum
Now before you laugh at me, the London Transport Museum can give you a unique insight into the history of the city. The collection originated in the 1920s and highlights the close relationship between transport and the growth of the city. The Museum is housed in the Grade II flower market building and it truly is beautiful.
8. St Martin’s Courtyard
St Martin’s Courtyard is the newest shopping and dining destination in Covent Garden and it is an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the Piazza. There are some lovely shops for the shoppers in you, a fantastic blow dry bar and a massive H&M that houses a huge beauty department.
9. Eat at a vegan restaurant with a difference
By Chloe is one of the best vegan restaurants I have ever eaten at. The restaurant screams millennial with pastel pink walls, neon signage and a fun artfully crafted menu. Their avocado burger is die for and honestly I can’t wait to eat there again. Check out my review here.
10. Finish off with ice cream at Cafe Amorino
Ice cream is the best dessert and Cafe Amorino in Covent Garden take that concept onto a new level. You get to choose whether you want in a cup or a cone and they turn the flavours into a work of art, a rose. Not only their ice creams are good to look at, they are delicious.
I hope you enjoyed this look into my favourite part of London. This blog was written in collaboration in Hotels.com.
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