Covent Garden is one of my favourite areas in London so when Hotels.com asked me to spend the day exploring the area for the best places to eat, see and visit, I jumped at the chance. Yes, Covent Garden is seriously touristy but there are some great little spots such as Neal’s Yard tucked away from the hustle and bustle. The street acts and market stalls are the essence of London and there are some amazing places to eat in the area.
We usually stay near Covent Garden when we are visiting London as there’s so much to do in the area. There’s plenty of lovely hotels near to Covent Garden from the 5* luxury Rosewood to the ME London which has a Rooftop Bar with seriously amazing views over London and The Thames. The Henrietta Hotel is a small boutique hotel which I’ve recently discovered and it’s right in the heart of Covent Garden with views over the London Eye.
Earlier this week, I was in London with my Mum and met up with my friend El who recently moved down to London. Our first port of call in Covent Garden was to a pizza place called Homeslice in Neal’s Yard. I’ve read so much about this place in my famous Pizza Bible and online. This visit has been a long time coming. At Homeslice, you can either pay for pizza by the slice for £4 or order a 20inch pizza for £20 to share.
We decided to go for a half margarita pizza and half chorizo, corn and coriander and it was a perfect size for three of us. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking to share pizza’s and in a lovely location right in the heart of Neal’s Yard. If you’re not the sharing type and want one all to yourself, I’d highly recommend Franco Manca (review here) and Pizza Pilgrims which are both in Covent Garden.
Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials is a lovely area to explore and a short walk from the Covent Garden. The buildings in Neal’s Yard are all so colourful making them stand out and be super Instagrammable. There are also some great shops in the area, not only near Seven Dials but around Covent Garden Market.
Over the last couple of years, the area has seen many different beauty brands open small boutiques from the likes of Dior, Bobbi Brown, Clinique and Charlotte Tilbury. As Covent Garden is known as the home to many beauty brands, in a couple of weeks they will host Beautython. This will see lots of different beauty events going on, you can find more information here.
Whilst we were exploring Covent Garden we also managed to catch the final of the Tour De Britain which was taking place across London. The route was right around Central London and we managed to see a couple of laps on The Strand. It was all quite exciting but I had no idea who was there or what was going on.
Milk Train is an ice cream store which I’ve spotted on Instagram a lot recently. I was pretty thrilled to see that they have a store on Bedford Street in Covent Garden. Milk Train is a soft serve ice cream shop with a twist as they have some pretty spectacular creations. Priced at £4.95 (an extra £1 for candy floss), I chose the Unicorn creation with rainbow drops and a lot of sprinkles! El went for the Cookies and Cream which also looked incredible with Oreos and chocolate sauce. I’m pretty sure I would’ve been happy to have them all! I’d definitely pay this place a visit if you are in the area.
Our next stop off in Covent Garden was the Maple Leaf Canadian Bar. This is place has become a new favourite of mine as we have already since returned for food. The Canadian themed sports bar is tucked away on Maiden Lane which has so many different restaurants and bars down there. The Maple Leaf shows all different sporting events and as it was the first day of the NFL season, they were showing all the games. As I said before, we returned a couple of days later for Poutine which is a local Canadian dish of basically chips, gravy and cheese. I tried the Hogtown Poutine which came with sausage, bacon and mushrooms. Delicious!
After wandering around the Covent Garden Market area and grabbing a couple of delicious Macarons from Ladurée, we went to Shake Shack which is a big favourite of mine. §1 is an American fast food burger joint which only has a couple of branches in London. This one is smack bang in the middle of Covent Garden, expect ques as this place is very popular. Shake Shack is probably the closest thing you’re going to get to In-N-Out in the UK. However, it’s their crinkle cut chips and shakes that I love.
So that’s everything I got up to last weekend in Covent Garden. I think it’s safe to say there are some great food places in the area. I’m impressed we managed to eat so much in one day! Where’s your favourite area in London? Where do you like to visit in Covent Garden? Have you been to any of these places?
*The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.