Guide to... Covent Garden

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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The Hogshead At Covent Garden
The Hogshead At Covent Garden

23 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DA

Fancy a pub with a traditional feel, friendly staff, a wide range of selected ales, a large variety of delicious food...Read more

Nightlife Wellington Street Covent Garden

The Library & Museum of Freemasonry
The Library & Museum of Freemasonry

Freemasons Hall 60, Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AZ

Offers publicly available collections of Masonic material in the world. Includes collection, catalogue, news, events...Read more

Sightseeing Museums Tourist Attractions Covent Garden Queen Street

The Light Lounge
The Light Lounge

1 Newport Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 7JR

Relax with friends in our stylish lounge setting and enjoy our bespoke cocktails (or your favourite classic), premium...Read more

Nightlife Bars Newport Place Covent Garden

The Osborne Studio Gallery
The Osborne Studio Gallery

2 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8JU

The Osborne Studio Gallery was opened by the Princess Royal in March 1986, in Floral Street, Covent Garden. It...Read more

Sightseeing Belgravia Galleries Motcomb Street Covent Garden

The Red Rooms
The Red Rooms

4 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DG

As an Independent Gentlemen’s in Club London The Red Rooms offers you an exciting, exclusive, discreet and...Read more

Nightlife Holborn Gentlemen's Clubs Strip Clubs Covent Garden Queen Street

The Twilight (Kingsway)
The Twilight (Kingsway)

109 Kingsway, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 6PP

For a memorable evening visit Secrets, London's sensational Fully Nude Table & Lap Dancing Venues with continuous...Read more

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Vetro (by Dalla Terra)
Vetro (by Dalla Terra)

16A D'Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F 8EA

Dropped into Soho’s most up and coming drinking & eating street, D’Arblay. Vetro is Dalla Terra’s younger chip off...Read more

Nightlife Bars D'Arblay Street Soho Covent Garden

Windle & Moodie
Windle & Moodie

41 - 45 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden, London, WC2 H9AP

Windle and Moodie are world famous London hairdressers based in Covent Garden. At Windle and Moodie you'll find all...Read more

Living Life Hairdressers Shorts Gardens Covent Garden

Wyndhams Theatre
Wyndhams Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London

Wyndham's opened on 16 November with a revival of David Garrick by T W Robertson in which the theatre's owner Charles...Read more

Nightlife Theatres Charing Cross Road Indian Restaurants Covent Garden

Yolkin
Yolkin

24 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7DD

Sammie loves to bake. Macarons especially but they are finicky little things and only use egg whites. Not wanting to...Read more

Eating Chocolatiers Covent Garden Wellington Street

Jar Kitchen

Closed or Replaced

Jar Kitchen

176 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5QF

JAR KITCHEN is the first restaurant from Lucy Brown + Jenny Quintero. We opened the doors on 28th February 2015...Read more

Drury Lane Eating Restaurants Covent Garden

Joe's Southern Table & Bar

Closed or Replaced

Joe's Southern Table & Bar

34 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JD

Joe's Southern Table and Bar is all about Deep South cooking and Southern hospitality. Set in a converted...Read more

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Native

Closed or Replaced

Native

3 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9AZ

Native looks to provide its guests with an original dining experience that encapsulates the country's best wild food...Read more

Eating Restaurants Neal's Yard Covent Garden

Polpo (at Ape & Bird)

Closed or Replaced

Polpo (at Ape & Bird)

142 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, WC2H 8HJ

POLPO is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young...Read more

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Murakami

Closed or Replaced

Murakami

63-66 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4JS

Imagine a place where authentic and high quality Japanese Izakaya style cuisine is served in an environment with...Read more

St Martin's Lane Restaurants Covent Garden Eating Japanese & Sushi Restaurants

Bungalow 8

Closed or Replaced

Bungalow 8

45 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HX

Bungalow 8 is an exclusive members only lounge where you’ll find elegant cocktails and top name DJs.Read more

Nightlife Covent Garden Nightclubs

Jamie Oliver's Italian (Covent Garden)

Closed or Replaced

Jamie Oliver's Italian (Covent Garden)

11 Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9FB

Our Covent Garden restaurant, right in the heart of central London, is perfectly located for the West End’s...Read more

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Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill (Covent Garden)

Closed or Replaced

Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill (Covent Garden)

2-4 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JY

Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill in Covent Garden is one of the best restaurants to enjoy deliciously cooked fresh seafood...Read more

Seafood Restaurants Catherine Street Eating Restaurants Covent Garden

Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar

Closed or Replaced

Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar

29-31 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DB

At Sophie's we pride ourselves in the simple things:great food, great service, great atmosphere.Don't miss out on our...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

Nightlife Theatres Strand

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

Royal Warrant Holders Shopping Strand

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

Nightlife Theatres Strand

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

(Approved Wedding Venue)Read more

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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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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

(Approved Wedding Venue)Read more

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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

Nightlife Theatres Earlham Street

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

(Approved Wedding Venue)Read more

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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

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Galleries

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

Chinatown Restaurants Soho Eating

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

Chinatown Restaurants Soho Eating

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

Chinatown Restaurants Soho Eating

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

Chinatown Restaurants Soho Eating

TSUJIRI
TSUJIRI

33 Newport Court, London

0.25km

Go mental for matcha at TSUJIRI, a 155-year old tea house putting a modern spin on their drool-worthy matcha-infused...Read more

Chinatown Restaurants Soho Eating

Bao Zi Inn
Bao Zi Inn

25-26 Newport Court, London, WC2H 7JS

0.25km

Super cool Sichuan street food and small plates is what Chinatown’s Bao Zi Inn does best. Best for: Noodles, Spicy foodRead more

Chinatown Soho Eating Restaurants

National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

0.26km

Portraits of historically important and famous British peopleRead more

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Baiwei (Little Newport Street)
Baiwei (Little Newport Street)

8 Little Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JS

0.26km

Sensational Sichuan, café-style is Baozi Inn (Little Newport Street)'s modus operandi, serving up cracking food at...Read more

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Covent Garden has some great pubs which is no surprise as it is such a great area of London to meet in. Particularly if you like traditional pubs you are spoiled for choice as Covent Garden has some of the oldest and most traditional pubs to be found anywhere in London.

There are lots of pubs that serve Sunday lunch and traditional British pub grub too so if you are looking for a reasonably priced place to eat and drink one of the best gastro pubs in Covent Garden is well worth considering as a destination.

For a list of Covent Garden pubs you can view our Covent Garden pub guide (https://forbidden.london/london-guide/covent-garden/pubs) we have also recently created a blog post about our top picks for the best pubs in Covent Garden (https://forbidden.london/london-blog/best-pubs-covent-garden).



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.



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)


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Blue Plaques in London

Violette Szabo Blue Plaque - Violette Szabo GC 1921-1945 secret agent lived here. She gave her life for the French Resistance.
Michael Faraday Brown Plaque - Michael Faraday man of science. Apprentice here. B. 1791 D. 1867
Henry Hallett Dale Blue Plaque - Sir Henry Dale 1875-1968 physiologist lived here
William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, And George Inn, Southwark Black Plaque - The George Inn. It is known that the George Inn existed in the late 16th Century although the present building dates from 1677. Both Shakespeare and Dickens knew the hospitality of the inn which has continued right up to the present day. The inn is now owned by The National Trust
Percy Lane Oliver Blue Plaque - Percy Lane Oliver 1878-1944 founder of the first voluntary blood donor service lived and worked here
Patrick Hamilton Blue Plaque - Patrick Hamilton 1904-1962 novelist and playwright lived here

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