Covent Garden, the London neighbourhood that constantly re-invents itself and is forever changing. New shops, restaurants and cafe’s pop up every time I visit. It’s full of energy, it’s vibrant and it’s a great place to go shopping, have lunch or even enjoy cocktails with friends. It’s home to one of London’s best museums and it’s prime location and many Covent Garden Hotels makes it the perfect place to stay when you want to see a West End show.
Conveniently Covent Garden has its own tube station on the Piccadilly Line. For me, coming from Reading, I jump straight on the tube from Paddington and can be there in 20 minutes.
Embankment tube station is also pretty close and the walk across to Covent Garden is pretty good. I tend to opt for this route as I love snapping away on my camera taking pictures from The Golden Jubilee Bridge which has the best views.
Pick & Cheese, London’s (and the world’s) first cheese conveyor belt restaurant opened last month a stone’s throw from Neal’s Yard at Covent Garden’s Seven Dials market. There is a 40-meter long Yo! Sushi-style conveyor belt which rolls past carrying tantalising plates of cheese, each paired with a unique condiment (and a recommended wine), and each covered with a miniature glass cloche. The plates are all handmade and colour-coded dependent on price, and when the meal’s done, yep you guessed it, your waiter will tot up what you ate by checking the dishes you’ve piled up and accumulated.
It’s fun! But very filling, and definitely not a snack.
Chinatown is pretty close too!
As you wander around you’ll notice that there’s a mixture of locals and tourists and it can get very busy. There’s a noticeable absence of tacky shops and tourist traps, and an abundance of independent stores, markets, restaurants, and great cafe’s.
If you’ve not yet wandered down Neals Yard then it’s something you have to add to your day out in Covent Garden. The courtyard is full of colourful window frames, unique seats and vibrant cafes. It’s a great place to soak up London’s atmosphere and people watch. I sat here for a while reading my book making the most of a rare hour of Autumn sunshine.
For me, the best thing about Covent Garden is wandering around without a real plan and getting a little lost in the streets and atmosphere. Similar to Soho or Kensington, it’s got its own personality, it’s own ‘feel’. It’s a London neighbourhood you simply can’t skip. Take your camera, some comfortable shoes and explore.
A few more photos…
The spending money for my day out in Covent Garden was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views and words are my own.