A place not just for tourists
The West Ends shopping and entertainment hub, it centres on the elegant, car-free Piazza, home to fashion stores, craft stalls at the Apple Market and the Royal Opera House. Honestly, if it’s your first time in London and you’re looking to explore some of the most famous neighbourhoods of the city, then Covent Garden is easily up there as one of the best.
This office suit located on Tavistock Street is housed in a beautiful grade II listed building. Whilst the space has seen an impressive modern fit out, many of the charming characteristics of the original building have been maintained.
As an office provider who focuses on the design and functionality of their workspaces, a great amount of thought has gone into this sophisticated and revitalised new way of working. Paying respects to the original architect Basil Spence, plentiful character is still visible amongst the fresh and contemporary overall design.
London is famous for its transport, with black cabs and double decker buses. But, the most notable way of transport for locals and visitors alike is London’s underground, which provides transport in and around the whole of the city.
A London Underground station serving Covent Garden and the surrounding West End area. It travels on the Piccadilly line between Leicester Square and Holborn stations. Located on Long Acre and lies opposite Boots, a beauty supply store.
Lying on Charing Cross Road, this tube station runs on the Piccadilly and Northern lines. The station has facilities such as payphones, cash machines, Wi-Fi, ticket gates and escalators.
An exciting environment to be a part of, bringing in plenty of tourists each year. Whether you are already running an established operation and want to set up new roots, it might be a good place to be.
Located in the Central St. Giles Building in London’s Covent Garden, the new 16,000 square foot space also includes such cutting-edge ideas for the workplace like a gym, dance studio, a cafe and a large event hall the designers of the space have dubbed “Town Hall”, plus the sweeping views of London are easy to swoon over.
This US brand has opened a UK flagship in London’s Covent Garden. Located at 13 Floral Street, the new store aims to bring a taste of laid back L.A. lifestyle to London, offering its customers an elevated take on California’s quintessentially effortless lifestyle. It covers 2,000+ square feet and has an airy interior “designed to reflect the brand’s Southern California roots, updated with a polished European sensibility”.
These are any structure, whether it is public or private, that is adapted for the transaction of business. Covent Garden’s reputation isn’t that of business, but many spaces for it still reside here.
This award-winning, landmark building provides high specification office space just moments from Covent Garden Piazza. The contemporary offices sit behind a freestanding, tension-held façade. The third floor has been fully refurbished with a versatile, contemporary fit-out including furniture. The on-floor reception area features an attractive green wall, offering an impressive welcome into the workspace. Davidson Building sits in a prime spot in Covent Garden, a location that has it all. It offers some of London’s very best dining experiences, the finest
bars, retailers, hotels and trendy coffee spots. Not forgetting of course, local historic landmarks, world renowned arts venues and green spaces offering cultural events and places to unwind and relax.
Whether you are starting a new business venture or have an already established operation, Covent Garden provides a world-leading and exciting environment, a perfect place to reside when wanting to develop your business. Not to mention the community is something that you can proud to be part of.
Chic in Store
Located on Rose Street in Covent Garden, this is pure cashmere store featuring tops, trousers and even accessories, all made from cashmere. The pieces are elegant and offer classic and timeless styles at an affordable price. Chic in Store believes in fair trade and investing communities without the added expenses, developing clients through small, independent boutiques up to luxury stores. All in all, Chic in Store is committed to sustainable and ethical fashion, supporting families in the area where the cashmere originates.
Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop
Their history begins in 1856 in Hoxton, an area of London bordered by the wealth of the City and the poverty of the East End, where Benjamin Pollock was born and grew up. Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop of Covent Garden is one of the few remaining toy shops in the West End of London. They stay true to the original aesthetic of our namesake and the tenets of the Stevenson quote. They now produce our own range of theatres and paper models designed by contemporary artists. These are often on display at top London locations such as Liberty, Fortnum & Mason and the Royal Opera House.
The first historical record of Covent Garden dates back to 1200, when it consisted of fields. Owned by Westminster Abbey, the land on which the Market Building and Piazza now reside, was referred to as ‘the garden of the Abbey and Convent’, hence its name.
The Market Building
Covent Garden had played host to markets for centuries before anybody even thought of building a structure to house them. The market opened in 1830. Including the £34,850 paid to the building contractor, William Cubitt of Gray’s Inn Road, the work had cost the duke £61,000—considerably more than he anticipated—but it was worth every penny. With the space more economically organised and the rents for stallholders now clearly established, Bedford was able to stop contracting the market out and instead start collecting rents himself. Crowds flocked to the attractive and well managed new market and the duke reaped the dividends. It is now home to modern businesses, independent stores and quirky, indie shops, let the spending begin.
The London Transport Museum
Based in the Piazza of Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum showcases transport icons and ground-breaking design from the red London bus to the first ever Tube map design. What is there to see here? Well, follow the evolution of iconic vehicles, spot the world’s first Underground steam train and examine the padded cell, a train carriage dating back to the 1890s. Design lovers can marvel at the Design for Travel gallery, featuring pioneering advertising posters and artworks. Spot Harry Beck’s original design for his ground-breaking London Underground map and chart the development of the world-famous roundel transport logo.
Covent Garden has always been a captivating charm for Londoners and visitors alike. The most compelling of which is the storied area that is home to hidden gems and beguiling boltholes a -plenty, which one discovered will have you hankering for a revisit time and time again.
Spinning off from Covent Garden is the quirky network of inter-crossing streets known as Seven Dials, which consist of a unique mix of boutiques – from Miller Harris’ scintillating scents to the chic leather range of Nappa Dori. The colourful folds of Neal’s Yard are particularly enchanting, featuring all manners of restful stops from Jacob The Angel for coffee and tahini madeleines to Casanova & Daughters for a glass of wine paired with Sicilian-style antipasti.
St Martins Courtyard
Secluded from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, the open-air enclosure of this gem packs in a jaunty jumble of places to eat and drink within – from Bombay-style brekky at Dishoom (gracefully cushioned by endless refills of chai) to the sheltered Italian terrace of Dalla Terra. Always make sure you have time for a quick massage, blow-dry and floristry workshop in between everything.
Known to have stood the test of time, remaining largely unchanged since the 17th century. Covered with booksellers, it radiates Dickens’ London vibes – complete with London’s last gas lamps. It is the perfect place to get lost imagining how London would’ve looked back in the day. Come here and you will instantly feel enchanted, plus the added bonus of it being a great place to pick up any unusual souvenir of your time in Covent Garden.
After setting up an additional shop away from Richmond, the Petersham Nurseries team transformed a 16,000 sq ft Floral Court spot into a lifestyle destination that celebrates nature, seasonality and slow living just like the original. There is a home and garden shop, deli, wine cellar and even a florist. We can’t forget to mention The Petersham, an a la carte restaurant and La Goccia, a more informal spot.
An Aussie brand that specialises in glasses. They are designed specially by an in-house team which are hand made by using the best materials sourced from across the globe, and in their words “won’t gauge your eyes or wallet”. They have a wicked selection of frames that are pretty fash and actually do look amazing and you can get an eye test and glasses ready for collection in less than a week. It’s what we like to call, service.
Neal’s Yard Diary
A trip to a Neal’s Yard shop is heaven for fromage-ophiles – and yes, that is the technical term. Neal’s Yard is mainly all about British cheese, but you’ll find the odd French or Italian variety on offer, too. The company kicked things off in Covent Garden – in Neal’s Yard, natch – but went on to set up two more shops, one in Bermondsey and one in Borough Market, so all your cheese needs will be catered for.
After popping up in the neighbourhood in 2019, Glossier is back in Covent Garden for good. The cult beauty brand’s permanent store is inside a townhouse that’s actually one of the oldest buildings in the area, dating back to the 17th century. As with all Glossier shops, the interiors are just as ‘gram-worthy as the products – this one features the brand’s signature pink plus herringbone wooden floors, rose marble, and ‘You Look Good’ mirrors. There’s also a Wet Bar inside where you can test out the skincare, and a Glossier conveyor belt where you can pick up your products from.
FOOD & DRINK
Home to some of London’s most loved eateries, from fine dining to grab and go bites, Covent Garden is a foodie’s paradise. With something to suit all tastes and budgets, you can discover world-class dining in London’s West End. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or just want to relax with a glass of wine, Covent Garden is the jewel in London’s West End crown.
This is said to be the perfect spot for a date with your lover, a lunch with a BFF or a family meal just as you like it. Ave Mario is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. La squadra Ave Mario offers reservations for certain tables. Whilst there are a few spots saved specifically for walks-ins, for those who pass by chance. Serving up a brand-spanking-new menu, Ave Mario can dish up a range of Italian delicacies from their first ‘biga’ pizzas, giant carbonara ravioli and La Gran Scaloppina all Millanese made with high-welfare rose veal. Not forgetting dolci, where a feat of gelato engineering has created their 60cm tall Gelato Tower.
This restaurant put buns and breads back at the centre of the table. Upon entry to the restaurant, guests are greeted by a towering bamboo steamer filled with pillowy bao, including Buns & Buns’ signature shiitake mushroom bun and and a bourbon pork belly. Located under the North Hall’s iron and glass roof, Buns & Buns features an open-plan kitchen with low marble counter dining where visitors can interact with the chefs. The space is decorated in warm, earthy tones with copper accents, and is strung with glowing filament bulbs and filled with greenery.
At the heart of this bar is bold innovation. The revamped menu contains a selection of unexpected takes on your cocktail favourite’s, like the ‘Debbie Does Dallas’ – Eve’s take on the Pornstar Martini – using vodka, distilled thyme, passion fruit butter syrup, vanilla and lime. The bar’s modern and creative approach to cocktails is matched by its mysterious and decadent interior. With striking bespoke art pieces adorning the wall and rich furnishings, Eve invites its guests to indulge in luxury. The venue regularly hosts some of London’s most exciting emerging DJs in its sultry surroundings. With an eclectic mix of Hip Hop, RnB, House and Drum and Bass.
The Lost Alpaca Bar
As the name might suggest, this bar is a hidden gem found in Covent Garden. It is located at Floral by LIMA, its sister restaurant. Here, you will discover the great culture of Latin America without even having to step outside of the city. From Mexico’s mezcal and tequilas all the way through and down to Brazil’s cachaça and Venezuela’s award-winning rums. Their trained mixologists are some of the greatest for showcasing the best spirits and mixology the continent has to offer through a range of innovative cocktails that best represent the different countries. Meaning you’ll feel right at home whether you’re sipping on a Mexican cocktail or a Peruvian Pisco.
A bustling central London district which attracts everyone from partygoers to night owls and tourists alike. Whether you want an evening of cocktails and dancing or raves till the early hours – you’re bound to find all of that and more.
Located beneath BungaTINI, the Italian restaurant, and accessed through a secret back door, this club is an incredible world, serving an Italian sharing feast, extensive drinks menu, immersive variety shows. With late night DJs and sharing cocktails (or just normal ones), you can dance the night away until its close at 2am.
Gloria always threw the wildest parties. She had the best legs in Soho and rumour has it she dated Hendrix. When she ran out of dosh, she moved into the basement of a B&B in Soho. Even now she still throws the best parties. Bring your dancing shoes and an open mind. This is a great place to meet, eat and definitely drink, any day of the week.
With over a decade of disco divas, Zoo Bar is London’s world famous party bar and nightclub. Open until the early hours of 3am, it produces one of the best party nights in town. It has a great range of cocktails, premium beers and spirits to set you up for a fantastic night out in Central London. A chic and modern looking club, with seating spaces for a midnight breather.
Covent Garden, a world-famous, central London destination. It produces some of the funkiest stores, unique eateries and jazzy night outings. There is still a lot more to explore beneath the surface, but what a destination!