Covent Garden has recently undergone a bit of a renaissance from tired tourist trap to become THE destination district in London. With the best bars, restaurants and shops now flocking to open there, the area has seen an injection of independent energy that has transformed it beyond all recognition, even seasoned Londoners might be hard-pressed to name all the latest places to go. So with this in mind, we have put together a map to help you find the best places to eat, sleep, play and stay and allow you to impress family and friends alike with your in-depth knowledge of the area.
We have picked the best places to start the day off with a spot of breakfast and that all-important caffeine injection. Spot of lunch? No problem, from quick bites to luxurious long lunches, we have picked our favourite places to stop at and refuel.
Notes: Website and Twitter - Coffee shop and licensed cafe Monmouth Coffee: Website - Serves exceptional coffee Dishoom: Website and Twitter - Indian brasserie MEATmarket: Website and Facebook - Funky fast food Kopapa: Website and Twitter - Kiwi-inspired cuisine SNOG: Website and Twitter - Frozen yoghurt place
Shopping in Covent Garden is now no longer just about the market, but instead it has become a much-loved retail paradise, with a variety of original and independent outlets, high-end brands and high street stores competing side-by-side. While it gets really busy for Christmas shopping we hope our suggestions will help make the most of all this magical place has to offer all-year-round. We have already lined you up several shops to get you started.
Sugar Sin: Website and Twitter - Swedish-inspired sweets Stanfords: Website and Twitter - Maps, maps and more maps Hope and Greenwood: Website and Twitter - Old-fashioned sweet shop Tatty Devine: Website and Twitter - Cutting edge British jewellery The Cambridge Satchel Company: Website and Twitter - Colourful British designer bags
Fancy a cheeky cocktail or a glass or fizz. Maybe real ale or bespoke Belgian beer is more your thing. We have chosen our pick of the pubs, wine bars and cocktail places to keep you suitably refreshed on your trip.
BYOC: Website and Twitter - Speakeasy where you supply the liquor Covent Garden Cocktail Club: Website and Twitter - Members-only underground cocktail place La Perla: Website and Facebook - Mexican-themed cocktail bar - top margaritas. Lowlander: Website and Twitter - Gastro pub with Belgian and Dutch ales Covent Garden Hotel Website and Twitter - Classic hotel cocktail bar
These are the places to go when someone says "one for the road". Freud: Website - Late night underground cocktail bar Dirty Martini: Website and Twitter - Cocktails into the small hours Circus: Website and Twitter - Cabaret, cocktails and dinner Roadhouse: Website and Twitter - Cocktail bar and night club Cellar Door: Website and Twitter - Cocktail bar and night club
Whatever the reason for your visit, from first dates to catching up with old friends, we have come up with somewhere you can go and dine. Hawksmoor: Website and Twitter - Great for steak Pix Pintos: Website - Tapas Mon Plaisir: Website and Twitter - London's oldest French rrestaurant Clos Maggiore: Website and Twitter - One of London's most romantic restaurants Polpo: Website and Twitter - Sharing plates
Perhaps you are visiting the theatre? Well you are probably going to need a pre-theatre dinner. We have found some great places to get you in the West End mood, without panicking as to whether you will be fed on time. Joe Allen: Website and Twitter - Timeless American style Covent Garden restaurant Mishkins: Website and Twitter - A non-kosher American Jewish deli Cafe Des Amis: Website and Twitter - French cuisine Cafe Pacifico: Website and Twitter - Mexican family-friendly restaurant
You are right in the heart of Theatreland and you're not going to be more than five minutes walk from a theatre. Two of the most popular long-running family musicals are based in Covent Garden. Go see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane or Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre.
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