Guide to Covent Garden in London

Covent Garden has lots of things to do and is well worth visiting. It has some of London's best restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, hotels, cinemas, shops, and things to do. So many things to do that you might need some help making a plan. Well we are ready to help.

Covent Garden has a convenient tube station and plenty of parking so it is easy to get to and there is no excuse not to visit.

Our recommendations both in the guide below and in the articles from our London blog include the best places to eat from cheap to flashy; breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner. If you are looking for the best cafes, or restaurants, we have our top picks. Covent Garden boasts great restaurants serving great Indian, Italian, French, Thai, and Mexican food. We have our choices for meat lovers, vegetarians, and pizza fans.

We also made some picks for everything from places for cocktails (like the best rooftop bars); to pubs to watch some sport and catch-up with friends at; to info about where to stay (budget accommodation like hostels, to romantic five star hotels).

If you are a shopaholic we have some recommendations and top tips for shopping at places like the Apple store too.



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You can view a list of shops in Covent Garden, including information about offers, by viewing our Covent Garden shopping guide (https://forbidden.london/london-guide/covent-garden/shopping-in-style#businesses)



Covent Garden Piazza is always open, but the shops usually operate between 10am and 8pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from around 11am to 6pm. The Apple Market is open from 10am until 6pm and the East Colonnade Market is open from 10:30am until 7pm.



There is Pay & Display parking on the streets off the Piazza - Henrietta Street, Southampton Street and Tavistock Street. There is also an NCP car park on Drury Lane.


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Bella Italia (Wellington Street)
Bella Italia (Wellington Street)

28 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7PS

We’re open every day for lunch and dinner, plus weekends for breakfast with a menu full of tasty Italian dishes made...Read more

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Benito's Hat (Goodge Street)
Benito's Hat (Goodge Street)

56 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4NB

Benito's Hat Mexican Kitchen serves the freshest, tastiest Mexican food in the heart of London. Specialising in...Read more

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Bill's (Wellington Street)
Bill's (Wellington Street)

21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DN

Part of the Lyceum Theatre building in Covent Garden, Bill’s Wellington Street restaurant is perfect for pre and...Read more

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Blind Spot
Blind Spot

45 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HX

Set behind the façade of a boutique tea counter and a secret golden hand-shaped handle is Blind Spot at St Martins...Read more

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Bloomsbury Tavern
Bloomsbury Tavern

236 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8EG

One of the most historic pubs in Holborn, The Bloomsbury Tavern was once the ominous final watering hole en route to...Read more

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Bodean's BBQ (Catherine Street)
Bodean's BBQ (Catherine Street)

25 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JS

Back in 2002 Andre Blais had a dream – to bring the taste, the style, the soul of his beloved Kansas City barbecue to...Read more

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Boulevard Brasserie
Boulevard Brasserie

40 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BD

A classic French brasserie in the heart of Covent Garden’s Opera Quarter. Set just 50 yards back from the Piazza,...Read more

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Brigit’s Bakery
Brigit’s Bakery

6-7 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HU

Amidst the hustle and bustle of busy Covent Garden is the relaxing sanctuary of Brigit’s Bakery or B Bakery as we...Read more

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Browns (Covent Garden)
Browns (Covent Garden)

82-84 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AG

Lively, vibrant, eclectic Covent Garden is in the heart of the West End, surrounded by theatres, galleries, shops and...Read more

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Byron (Wellington Street)
Byron (Wellington Street)

33-35 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BN

We started Byron back in 2007 with a simple mission: to do one thing, and do it properly. We serve simple, delicious...Read more

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Cafe Mode
Cafe Mode

57-59 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9RA

Less than 5 mins from Covent Garden, Cafe Mode is the perfect Italian restaurant for a spot of breakfast, lunch or...Read more

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Cafe Murano (Covent Garden)
Cafe Murano (Covent Garden)

36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7PB

Angela Hartnett’s Northern Italian restaurant in the heart of both St James’s and Covent Garden. Our restaurants are...Read more

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Cafe Murano (St Jamess)
Cafe Murano (St Jamess)

33 Saint James's Street, London, SW1A 1HD

 Angela Hartnett’s Northern Italian restaurant in the heart of both St James’s and Covent Garden. Our...Read more

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Cafe Pacifico
Cafe Pacifico

5 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JA

Cafe Pacifico opened in 1982 as the first restaurant of its kind in london. Pacifico is a place with an athmosphere...Read more

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Cafe Rouge (Kingsway)
Cafe Rouge (Kingsway)

77 Kingsway, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 6SR

Just a stone's throw away from the heart of London in bustling Holborn, Café Rouge Kingsway is a large airy bistro...Read more

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Cafe Rouge (Wellington Street)
Cafe Rouge (Wellington Street)

34 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BD

Café Rouge was launched in Richmond, London, in 1989 by Karen Jones and Roger Myers, foodies on a mission to recreate...Read more

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Canada House
Canada House

Canada House, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London, SW1Y 5BJ

The Canadian High Commission in the UK provides consular assistance to Canadians abroad and works to promote Canada...Read more

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Carbon Eclectic Charcoal Grill
Carbon Eclectic Charcoal Grill

78 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 9TY

We are Carbon restaurant, based slap bang in the heart of London's vibrant Soho and covent Garden. Our philosophy is...Read more

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Carphone Warehouse (The Strand)
Carphone Warehouse (The Strand)

434 Strand, Charing Cross, London, WC2R 0QN

The Carphone Warehouse has over 800 stores across the UK and is in fact the largest independent mobile phone retailer...Read more

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CellarDoor
CellarDoor

1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DN

CellarDoor is an intimate cocktail bar beneath the Aldwych in a space just big enough for cats (both feline and...Read more

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Champagne + Fromage
Champagne + Fromage

22 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DD

Shop and bistro, Champagne + Fromage brings rustic fare and fizz to London, served the French way. Our Bistro offers...Read more

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Charing Cross Underground Station
Charing Cross Underground Station

Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 5DR

Charing Cross (sometimes informally abbreviated as Charing X) is a London Underground station at Charing Cross in the...Read more

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Chicken Shop
Chicken Shop

199-206 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London, WC1V 7BD

A short walk from Holborn Underground, Chicken Shop serves rotisserie chickens that are marinated overnight, steamed...Read more

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Chipotle Mexican Grill (St Martin's Lane)
Chipotle Mexican Grill (St Martin's Lane)

92-93 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AP

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a...Read more

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Molton Brown (Covent Garden
Molton Brown (Covent Garden

London

0.07km

Expertly blended in London, Molton Brown’s collection of signature fragrances, bath & shower gels, home and hand care...Read more

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Vaudeville Theatre
Vaudeville Theatre

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

0.1km

The current building is the third theatre to be built on this prominent Strand site. The first theatre, which had a...Read more

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London Film Museum
London Film Museum

London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7BN

0.1km

Props, costumes, sets and artefacts from British films, history of moviemakingRead more

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Stanley Gibbons
Stanley Gibbons

399 Strand, London, WC2R 0LP

0.1km

Stanley Gibbons Ltd is the world's longest-established rare stamp merchant, supplying stamps, publications, advice...Read more

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The Lounge Bar (at The Strand Palace Hotel)
The Lounge Bar (at The Strand Palace Hotel)

372 Strand, Strand, London, WC2R 0JJ

0.11km

The Lounge Bar is a generous, relaxed space at the very heart of the hotel. It’s perfect for informal meetings,...Read more

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Part of The Strand Palace Hotel

Adelphi Theatre
Adelphi Theatre

Strand, London

0.13km

Having celebrated its bicentenary in 2006 the current Adelphi Theatre is actually the fourth venue on this site in...Read more

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Savoy Theatre
Savoy Theatre

Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

0.16km

The Savoy Theatre opened on 10th October 1881, on the site of the old Savoy Palace in London. The theatre was built...Read more

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Royal Society of Arts
Royal Society of Arts

8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

0.16km

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One Aldwych Hotel
One Aldwych Hotel

1 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ

0.16km

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Somerset House
Somerset House

Somerset House, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

0.17km

Arts centre with gallery and Courtauld GalleryRead more

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Pepe Italian Street Food
Pepe Italian Street Food

57 St. Martin's Lane , Soho, London, WC2N 4EA

0.17km

High quality Italian ingredients freshly cooked and prepared daily on our premises. The attention to the authenticity...Read more

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Retro Bar
Retro Bar

2 George Court, Strand, London, WC2N 6HH

0.19km

Regular events: every tuesday: quiz night with lola lasagne from 8pm. £1 entry per player. Thursdays thursday...Read more

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Hilton London Waldorf Hotel
Hilton London Waldorf Hotel

Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DD

0.19km

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Marconi Lounge
Marconi Lounge

336-337 Strand, Strand, London, WC2B 4RD

0.21km

Our chic, atmospheric lobby bar has many faces as the day evolves. By day, the bar serves artisanal coffee, aromatic...Read more

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Part of Marconi Lounge

Home to: Marconi Lounge

Savoy Place IET London
Savoy Place IET London

2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL

0.21km

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Prezzo (St Martin's Lane)
Prezzo (St Martin's Lane)

116 St Martin's Lane, Soho, London, WC2N 4BF

0.22km

Conveniently positioned close to Trafalgar Square and several prestigious theatres and within easy walking distance...Read more

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Cambridge Theatre
Cambridge Theatre

London, WC2H 9HA

0.22km

The Cambridge Theatre is one of the youngest and most attractive theatres in the West End, having opened in 1930 with...Read more

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The Houses of Parliament (The Palace of Westminster)
The Houses of Parliament (The Palace of Westminster)

York Place, London, WC2N 5

0.22km

The Houses of Parliament, also referred to as the Palace of Westminster, are home to the House of Commons and the...Read more

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ME Hotel
ME Hotel

335 Strand, London, WC2R 1HL

0.22km

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Courtauld Institute of Art
Courtauld Gallery

Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

0.24km

Part of the University of London, located in Somerset House, features Old Masters and Impressionist paintingsRead more

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Chinese Tapas House
Chinese Tapas House

15 Little Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JJ

0.24km

Chinese fast food at its finest, pop to Chinese Tapas House for a tasty, quick light bite. Best for: Street foodRead more

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Good Friend
Good Friend

14 Little Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JJ

0.24km

Good Friend Chicken brings Taiwanese night-market food to the heart of Chinatown. And it’s sooooooo good. Best for:...Read more

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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Library and Museum of Freemasonry

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

0.24km

Library, artefacts and regalia of FreemasonryRead more

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Guo C 100
Guo C 100

35 Newport Court, London

0.24km

The legendary Chinese dessert chain’s debut European outpost, Guo C 100 in Chinatown London serves up fruity-fresh...Read more

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RORO
RORO

34 Newport Court, London

0.24km

Ultra-trendy with crazy colour changing drinks and indulgent, fruit-filled crepes, RORO is a must-visit dessert...Read more

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