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Covent Garden is one of the most popular areas in London and it is not surprising. With the beautiful Piazza at the centre, the boutique shops and the wide array of street entertainers it is an instant draw to both tourists and locals of London. Another perk is the number of amazing restaurants and cocktail bars in Covent Garden, you will be spoilt for choice, therefore if you are visiting London and are still looking for somewhere to stay, I would recommend booking a Covent Garden Hotel to ensure you can make the most of visiting some.
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How to get to Covent Garden
Covent Garden is located in the heart of Central London making it easily accessible. Covent Garden does have it’s own tube station, which is located on the Piccadilly Line, however, it is very small and is prone to overcrowding. I would recommend catching a tube to either Leicester Square Station (Piccadilly and Northern Line) or Charing Cross Station (Bakerloo and North Line) and walking from there.
If you are a fan of the scenic route, on a good weather day, I recommend walking from Victoria Train Station to Covent Garden. This walk will take you around 25 -30 minutes but will take you through Victoria, down The Mall (Buckingham Palace), through Trafalgar Square and into Covent Garden via Leicester Square (where you will find one of my top cocktail bars in the city).
Perfect cocktail bars in Covent Garden for a girl’s night out
Remember: Do not forget your ID. This is taken very seriously in central London and without your ID you will not get into any of the cocktail bars in this area.
I adore the Mr Fogg’s chain of cocktail bars. If you have not been to one yet, not only do they do superb cocktails, the theming of each bar is incredible. In Covent Garden, you will find the Society of Exploration, their travel-themed bar complete with Map Room. At present, they are also running a safari-themed cocktail experience (until September 2019) which looks incredible and something to book for a special occasion.
In Covent Garden, you will also find Mr Fogg’s Tavern as well as Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour. However, Mr Fogg’s Tavern is the smallest of the three cocktail bars and is probably best suited for a quick drink rather than an evening out.
Blame Gloria boasts that it throughs the wildest parties and if its cocktails are anything to go by, I would say it is true. Blame Gloria is the place to go if you are looking for a fun night out in Covent Garden.
The downstairs cocktail bar located in the heart of Covent Garden has bright, quirky decor to perfectly compliment their delicious cocktails. It is also worth mentioning that they have a happy hour every single day between the hours of 4 pm – 7 pm, during these hours cocktails are buy one get one free – including on weekends!
My personal favourite here is the Strawberry Fields cocktail.
Along with a girl’s night, Blind Spot is also the perfect cocktail bar in Covent Garden for a date night. Set behind the facade of a boutique tea counter, Blind Spot is one of London’s many speakeasy bars. This particular speakeasy is influenced by the ancient tea trade, when choosing your drink you will be asked to spin a globe and choose a destination. A bespoke cocktail with paired nibbles will then be created from your destination choice, leaving you to be transported to exotic places.
If you are looking for somewhere with a bit more grit, then head to The Roadhouse. In true American style, things in The Roadhouse get loud and they have the cocktails to match. This is the place you want to head to if you are looking for cocktails in Covent Garden alongside a night ‘out out’, they also have various live bands which play throughout the week. Happy Hour runs from 5.30 – 10 pm Tuesday – Thursday and 5.30 – 7.30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Roadhouse does also serve food, however, I would recommend checking out one of the restaurants listed below instead.
Other noteworthy cocktails bars in Covent Garden also include: SushiSamba, Dirty Martini and Boki.
The Best Restaurants in Covent Garden For All Budgets
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in Covent Garden, there is something to suit every taste and budget. You will easily find a ton of chain restaurants including Five Guys, Wahaca and Franco Manca but I recommend heading to a few of the more independent ones.
Chick’N’Sours market themselves as ‘next-level fried chicken and cocktails’, so head here to start your night out in the cocktail bars of Covent Garden. Being a chicken-based restaurant they are not the most vegetarian/vegan-friendly but they do have one option, they have also been voted number 6 in the top 100 dishes in London by the infamous Time Out.
Okay, so Wahlburgers is a chain restaurant in the United States but it is one of a kind in the UK. The burger restaurant is owned by chef Paul Wahlberg, brother of the famous actor Mark Wahlberg, due to this I was slightly sceptical the food would be substandard and just be carried by the famous name, but I am glad to say I was wrong. The food here is fantastic including their alcoholic milkshakes.
Wahlburgers also caters well to Vegans and Vegetarians, with various options including ‘moving mountain burgers’.
If you are looking for Asian food in Covent Garden, then head to RedFarm. RedFarm brings a greenmarket sensibility to modern and inventive Chinese food and super-charged dim sum. The main reason to head here is if you are looking for brunch in Covent Garden. Every Sunday, Red Farm serve bottomless champagne and Dim Sum brunch between the hours of 11.30 – 7 pm. Judging from the queues I saw outside it is not one to be missed.
Pizza Pilgrims sell one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten – think fresh, stonebaked Naples style pizza – light but still incredibly delicious. The friendly and budget-friendly pizza restaurant is a great place to either catch up with friends or go for a casual date night in Covent Garden.
Yaki Yaki caters to the Instagrammer’s of London by serving Taiyaki in Covent Garden. Taiyaki is a traditional fish-shaped Asian waffle treat served with various fillings, including Ice Cream and Nutella. It may be slightly overpriced for what it is (one ice cream will set you back £4.50) but it is adorable and the pastel decor of the restaurant is really cute as well.
If you are a fan of a great dessert then be sure to check out my post on the best desserts in London.
There are plenty of places to grab a burger in this area of London but if you are looking for the best burger in Covent Garden then have dinner in Honest Burger. Not only do they have a wide selection of burgers, including a ‘beyond meat’ vegan option, but all of their burgers also come with mouth-watering hand-cut rosemary chips. Not one to be missed on your day in Covent Garden.
Other noteworthy restaurants in Covent Garden include: Dishoom, Flat Iron and Barrafina
Accommodation in Covent Garden
Alongside all of the great dining options, there are plenty of hotels in Covent Garden. I recommend booking your hotel in advance, this ensures you will receive the best rate as well as giving the opportunity to read reviews in order to book the most suitable hotel for you.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding restaurants and cocktail bars in Covent Garden. Due to its popularity with both London locals and tourists new places are always popping up, ensuring it is a place you will always be heading back.
The spending money to gather my recommendations was gifted by Hotels.com, but all opinions and recommendations are my own.