London area of Covent Garden guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Covent Garden neighbourhood

Covent Garden gained its name when the Convent of St Peter opened a market in its garden more than 800 years ago, and it has remained dedicated to shopping ever since, though the focus now is on gifts, luxuries and fashion, rather than fruits and flowers. The Covent Garden Piazza, London’s most attractive covered market, sells novelty items, Neal Street specialises in shoes, while Seven Dials and Floral Street offer dozens of fashionable boutiques. There are a number of theatres in the area, including the stupendous Royal Opera House, and the West End’s trendiest venue, The Donmar Warehouse, so staying in one of the area's fashionable hotels is great for strolling into Theatreland and then sampling the abundant restaurants, bars and pubs that keep buzzing late into the night.

See our recommended nearby Covent Garden Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Covent Garden Hotels

in or near Covent Garden
Rosewood London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
252 High Holborn, WC1V
Located in High Holborn, Rosewood London is the most luxurious hotel in the area and is nearby to the capital's main business district and a number ... More
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Whitehall Place, SW1A
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
The Montague on the Gardens
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
15 Montague Street, WC1B
Overlooking the gardens of Montague Garden Square, this sedate hotel has a peaceful feel even though the British Museum is right next door and Covent Garden's ... More

Covent Garden Entertainment

in or near Covent Garden
Royal Opera House
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E
The Royal Opera House building is closed to the public from Tuesday 17th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all performances are cancelled up ... More
Linbury Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Bow Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E
Part of the Royal Opera House , the Linbury Theatre was completely refurbished in December 2018 revealing, "a handsome new ... More
Fortune Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B
The first theatre built after World War I is an astonishing piece of architecture. Built in 1922-4, it preceded the arrival of the Art Deco and ... More

Covent Garden Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Covent Garden
Covent Garden East Piazza
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E
A visit to Covent Garden is a must, whether you intend to shop, sightsee or soak in the carnival atmosphere. The focal ... More
London Film Museum Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Museums
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E
The London Film Museum, located on the site of the Theatre Museum in the original Flower Cellars in the heart of Covent Garden, is the second ... More
London Transport Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E
After a two-year, £22 million refurbishment the London Transport Museum reopened on 22 November 2007 revealing more exhibition space than before. The museum travels back through ... More

Covent Garden Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Covent Garden
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
17 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B
Belgium's finest export, the first Godiva was opened in Brussels approximately 75 years ago by master chocolatier Joseph Draps and named after the legendary Lady Godiva. ... More
Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop
London > Shopping > Children's Gifts and Toys
44 The Market, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E
This tiny shop in the heart of Covent Garden is crammed full of traditional toys but is probably most famous for its selection of toy theatres ... More
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
Unit 10 The Piazza Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E
An overpowering mix of perfumes assaults the nose before you even enter these premises, which offer a huge mix of fizzing bath bombs to suit all ... More

Covent Garden Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Covent Garden London?
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
8 - 9 James Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E
Occupying an enviable location in the heart of Covent Garden just up from the piazza this popular restaurant is colourful, vibrant and full of energy. ... More
Brasserie Blanc
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
35 The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E
TV chef Raymond Blanc brings his French accent to British dining with Brasserie Blanc, a chain of restaurants with branches in several UK cities including Bristol, ... More
London > Restaurants > Meat Market, Jubilee Hall, 1 Tavistock Court, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E
With queues stretching around the corner at their MEATliquor restaurant carnivores can rest easy now that Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins, the team behind the hugely ... More

Covent Garden Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Covent Garden.
The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E
Gastropub ... More
Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E
One of the oldest pubs in London, the Lamb & Flag was once known as the Bucket of Blood, thanks to the bare-knuckle fights held here. ... More
Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More

Covent Garden Nightlife

Covent Garden clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Lowlander Beer Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
36 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B
The reputation of the Benelux breweries precedes them and this themed bar captures the flair of Dutch cafe culture too. The impressive row of shiny silver ... More
The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, the Lobby Bar at the chic One Aldwych hotel is renowned ... More
Detroit Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H
Covent Garden "style" bar serving cocktails and a chilled out, trendy vibe. Considered to be one of London’s original “style” or “concept” bars, despite being on the ... More

Covent Garden Leisure

Covent Garden gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
h Club London
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H
On the site of the old St Paul's Hospital in Covent Garden, hip private members' club h Club London has been designed specifically for the creative ... More

Covent Garden Education

in or near Covent Garden
Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Covent Garden, London WC2A
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Covent Garden, London WC1A
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More

Covent Garden Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Covent Garden.
St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
Royal Society Of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N
... More
Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House South Wing Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R
Enjoy a luxury cruise on the Silver Fleet. Departing from the Savoy Pier and cruising along the Thames. A classy way to see the Thames.... More
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