Explore London: what’s on offer in Covent Garden

This week while we finish off our “goodbye Europe” tour in preparation for our move to Asia (keep current with us via the social media icons to the right), guest author Catherine steps in on behalf of Travelodge to share her insider tips for the gems inside one of London’s most popular places to visit: Covent Garden.

 

Planning a trip to Covent Garden? Check out this brief guide to what’s on offer and make it an unforgettable visit.

 

Covent Garden

Covent Garden (Photo credit: Marcio Cabral de Moura)

 

Where to Stay

 

A stay in London can be as affordable or as extravagant as you want it to be. If you’re on a budget, head for the Travelodge hotel in Covent Garden which places you right in the heart of everything that’s going on. Not only is it centrally located, but it’ll also leave plenty of cash spare for you to enjoy the rest of your trip.

 

The Bar, Hawksmoor Seven Dials

The Bar, Hawksmoor Seven Dials (Photo credit: LightCapturePaper)

 

Where to Eat

 

As a melting pot for various cuisines, Covent Garden will almost certainly have a restaurant that provides culinary fare to suit your palate. Full to the brim with stylish venues, including the popular celeb haunt, The Ivy, you can sample some beautiful food as part of your stay in the area.

Steakhouses in London are plentiful, and Hawksmoor Seven Dials is one of the best that Covent Garden has to offer and you won’t have tasted beef quite like this. As a plus, it has menus ideally suited to pre-theatre grub.

Alternatively, if you like your food with a little more eastern spice, Moti Mahal comes highly recommended, offering stylish interiors and central location and providing vibrant dishes that will shower your tastebuds with Indian flavours.

 

Where to Shop

 

While there are a few high street stores scattered around, the area excels in terms of boutiques and independent stores. Any fashionista will love wandering the streets of Covent Garden to find the beautiful shops, including Orla Kiely for some designer wear, or Rokit for retro threads.

It’s also a fantastic place to shop for homewares, with shabby chic favourite Cath Kidston being found on Shelton Street.

 

Rokit

Rokit (Photo credit: Eli Epstein)

 

Where to Drink

 

With a multitude of bars and pubs to sit and enjoy a perfect pint, there’s bound to be somewhere perfectly suited for you to take a bit of light refreshment. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bevvy before a show or enjoying a few more following the curtain call, there are several establishments that would provide a great atmosphere, including the traditional pubs, the Cross Keys and the Lamb & Flag, as well as upmarket bars such as the Brasserie Max. The Hawksmoor Seven Dials is also a popular haunt for drinkers, providing some great cocktails as well as the grills it’s famous for.

 

What to Do

 

The area of Covent Garden is an intrinsic part of the West End, which provides unrivalled theatre opportunities to visitors. Check out the childhood favourite, Matilda the Musical, found at the Cambridge Theatre until the end of December, and Singing in the Rain at the Palace Theatre until the end of August.

Don’t forget the Royal Opera House can be found on Bow Street in Covent Garden, giving visitors access to some of the best opera and ballet that you will have the fortune of seeing. The Royal Ballet perform La Bayadere between the 5th April and the 22nd May 2013, while the powerful Verdi opera, Don Carlo, can be found at the ROH between the 4th and 25th May.

 

English: The Royal Opera House in the London d...

English: The Royal Opera House in the London district of Covent Garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Whatever your reason for visiting Covent Garden, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. On behalf of the Travelodge hotel in Covent Garden, we wish you a memorable (and affordable) stay!

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Comments

  1. Perfect recommendations and just in time for my upcoming trip to London end of May!

  2. Annika – perfect timing! Let me know how it goes.

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