The neighbourhood of Covent Garden, also referred to as London’ s West End with neighbouring Soho is an exciting place to visit in the heart of the city. It offers plenty of entertainment with various theatres, free street performers, cafes and world known operas . It is also a great shopping location with many pedestrian streets, hidden allies and indoor centres, perfect to find your ideal crafted gift or designer piece of clothing. At its heart lies the Covent Garden Piazza, a lovely market place built in the 17 century as London’s first planned square by Indigo Jones. It is also home to the Royal Opera House to the East, the Somerset House and Art Gallery to the South and the bustling Seven Dials area to the West.
Covent Garden Topics
- About Covent Garden
- Covent Garden maps
- Covent Garden top attractions
- Covent Garden top hotels
- Covent Garden best shops
- Covent Garden theatres
- Covent Garden top restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs
- Covent Garden images
- Covent Garden videos
Covent Garden videos
Video of Covent Garden district best attractions. The short film covers the central area of the piazza and the market where all the action takes places with the entertaining street performers as well as the various shopping streets such as Floral and Neal Street, the Seven Dials junction and finally a section on the West End shows and theatres.
Covent Garden Map
View the top attractions, hotels, shops, cafe, restaurants and theatres on the Covent Garden flash interactive map with high resolution images and HD videos.
Covent Garden static Maps
Below are some Covent Garden static Maps including with one with the key attractions, one with the main roads and a blank one.
About Covent Garden
Covent Garden is a London’s district located in the easternmost part of the City of Westminster as well as the south-western corner of the London Borough of Camden. It is delimitated by New Oxford Road to the north, Kingsway to the East, Embankment to the South and Charing Cross road to the East . It is situated in the heart of Central London with neighbouring Bloomsbury and the British Museum to the North, the financial district of the City to the East, the Thames River to the South and vibrant district Soho to the West.
Covent Garden Top 10 Streets
The top 10 famous street s of Covent Garden include (in alphabetical order):
- Bow Street, home to the Royal Opera House
- Charing Cross Road, famous for its book stores and separating Soho to the West
- Drury Lane, known as a Theatre street and includes the famous Theatre Royal
- Kingsway, separating Holborn to the East
- Long Acre, an east-west street with plenty of restaurants and shops
- Neal Street, famous for designer boutiques
- New Oxford Street, separating Bloomsbury to the North
- Shaftesbury Avenue, in the north west
- St Martin’s Lane, famous for its theatres including the London Coliseum
- Strand, the biggest street in the Southern part and home to Charring Cross
Covent Garden stations
Covent garden has 7 tube station and 1 train station including:
- Charring Cross underground station, situated on the South West next to Trafalgar Square
- Charring Cross train station, with journeys to the South East of England
- Covent Garden underground station in the heart of the action, next to the Piazza and central Market
- Embankment underground station, situated on the South West next to the River Thames
- Holborn underground station, on the North West
- Leicester Square underground station, bordering Soho and Chinatown
- Temples underground station, on the South East
- Tottenham Court Road underground station, on the north west corner
Covent Garden Top Attractions
Covent Garden is blessed with some of Central London key attractions, from the Victoria Embankment Gardens in the South to the Piazza at its heart and small streets to the East. The following are the best sights to visit in Covent Garden including buildings, monuments, statues, museum, squares and churches (in alphabetical order):
- Bush House
- Charring Cross
- Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery
- English National Opera
- Jubilee Hall Market
- London Coliseum
- London’s Transport Museum
- Neal’s Yards
- Piazza and central Market
- Royal Opera House
- Savoy Chapel
- Seven Dials
- Somerset House
- St Paul’s Covent Garden
- Theatre Royal Drury Lane
- Victoria Embankment Gardens
Bush House is a building situated between Aldwych and The Strand in the South-eastern corner of Coven Garden. It is currently occupied by the BBC, Deloitte and HM Revenue & Customs.
Charing Cross is a famous Coven Garden area as well as train and underground station. It is located next o the famous Trafalgar Square at the junction of the Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street.
Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery
The Courtauld Institute of Art situated between the Strand and Embankment, right next to the Somerset House is considered one of the world’s most renown centre for Art history. It is a self-governing college part of the University of London.
The Embankment, also known as the Victoria Embankment is situated in the southern part of Covent Garden and extends from the City of Westminster into the City of London. It is part of the Thames Embankment, a road and river walk along the north bank of the River Thames in London.
English National Opera
The English National Opera is well known opera company based in the heart of Covent Garden at the London Coliseum in St. Martin’s Lane.
Jubilee Hall Market
The Jubilee Hall Market is the central building on the Covent Garden Piazza with plenty of cafes, pubs, shops and boutiques. It is one of the most popular destination in Covent Garden, especially for the Apple Market offering craft products.
The London Coliseum also known as the Coliseum Theatre located on St. Martin’s Lane is one of London’s largest and best equipped theatres. It first opened in 1904, designed by theatrical architect Frank Matcham who was also responsible for the London Palladium. It is currently home to the English National Opera company.
Neal’s Yard is a hidden treasure in the heart of Coven Garden, named after the 17th century developer, Thomas Neale. This little alley opening into a courtyard is situated between Shorts Gardens and Monmouth Street and offers a variety of health food cafes and new age retailers including Neal’s Yard Remedies, Neal’s Yard Dairy and the World Food Cafe.
The London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum is situated on the central Covent Garden Piazza and as it name suggest shows the heritage of the capital’s transport system.
Piazza and central Market
The Piazza and central Market constitute the heart of the Covent Garden district. This central square was originally laid out in 1630, designed by Inigo Jones as the first purpose built in London. It is now packed with plenty of craft shops and cafes on the inside and various street entertainer on the outside.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is situated right next to the Covent Garden Piazza and is often referred as "Covent Garden". It was built in 1732 as the "Theatre Royal", but following a series of fires, the current building is the third theatre on the site. It was extensively revamp in the 90s at a cost of £178m and may now seat up to 2,268 people. It currently offers a repertory of opera and ballet.
The Savoy Chapel also referred to as the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy is situate South of the Strand and dedicated to St John the Baptist. It was originally built in the medieval era off the main church of the Savoy Palace (later the Savoy Hospital). The Hospital was in ruins by the 19th century, and the Chapel was the only part to survive demolition.
The Seven Dials is a famous junction in the West of Covent Garden. There are seven streets converging with at its centre a sundial column. The Seven Dials is today a commercial neighbourhood packed with various West End theatres and fashion-focused shops.
The Somerset House is a famous building home to art galleries, situated in the South of Covent Garden between the Strand and Embankment and overlooking the River Thames
St Paul’s Covent Garden
The Covent Garden St Paul’s church not be confused with the famous St Paul’s cathedral in the City is situated on the Western side of the Piazza. It is a beautiful little church designed by Inigo Jones, the master behind the market. It is considered the parish church of Covent Garden and is often referred to as the Actors’ Church because of its long association with the theatre community.
St. Mary le Strand is a small Church also referred to as Island Church because of its location on a traffic island on Strand street next to Aldwych. It is considered the official church of the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is perhaps the most know theatre in the West End being one of the oldest as well first built in 1663. Along its history, it was often claimed to be London’s leading theatre and even one of the most important in the English-speaking world.
Victoria Embankment Gardens
The Victoria Embankment Gardens are a series of beautiful gardens located in the South of Covent Garden between the Strand and Embankment overlooking the River Thames and the London Eye.
Covent Garden Top Hotels
Covent Garden hasn’t much accommodations establishments compared to other parts of London, but offers some of the mostly know of London’s hotels including the Aldwych , the Savoy and the Covent Garden Hotel. It is an ideal place to stay in the heart of London, especially if you are looking to catch a West End Show.
- Aldwych Hotel
- Covent Garden Hotel
- Savoy Hotel
- Swiss Hotel
- Waldorf Hotel
One Aldwych Hotel
The One Aldwych Hotel is an 5-star accommodation offering 105 spacious guestrooms fully equipped with contemporary décor and modern amenities. It is located in a Edwardian buildings on the famous theatre street Aldwych. It is close to the Covent Garden central Piazza and market.
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Covent Garden Hotel
The Covent Garden Hotel is a jewel in the heart of Covent Garden. It is situated in the heart of Theatreland and surrounded with some of London’s best restaurants, bars, cafes and nightlife.
The Savoy is an ultra-luxurious hotel located between the banks of the Thames and The Strand, close to various theatres in Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. It offers an exclusive selection of 263 rooms that are uniquely decorated with modern-retro fusion and an on-site bar perfect for an intimate drink or romantic meeting.
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Swiss Hotel Covent Garden
The Swiss Hotel Covent Garden is a luxury class hotel, situated next to the River Thames on the Southern Eastern part of Covent Garden. It offers stylish rooms with a distinctive English countryside theme that provides a sanctuary from the surrounding city.
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The Waldorf Hilton hotel in situated on Aldwych street in the heart of Covent Garden Theatreland. It offers various facilities including an indoor pool, a business centre and 7 meeting rooms seating up to 400.
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Covent Garden Top Shops
Covent Garden has plenty of pedestrian squares and streets ideal for boutiques shopping. It has many of the top designers shops in Central London.
Top Shopping areas, street and gardens include:
- Africa Centre
- Covent Garden Market
- Floral Street
- Neal Street
- Shorts Gardens
- Thomas Neal Centre
The Africa Centre is a business and development organisation located next the Covent Garden central Piazza on King Street.
Floral Street is a lovely pedestrian shopping area north of the Covent Garden central Piazza. It is home to the women only spa The Sanctuary and to fashion shops such as Paul Smith and Ted Baker.
Neal Street is famous pedestrian street offering plenty of designer boutiques in the heart of Covent Garden
Shorts Gardens is a small shopping street going from Seven Dials in the east to Drury Lane in the west.
Covent Garden Market
The central Market is the biggest shopping location in Covent Garden offering a wide variety of British hand-made arts and crafts and unique antiques in the Apple Market and a huge variety of stalls on offer in the Jubilee Market.
Thomas Neal Centre
The Thomas Neal Centre is an upmarket designer shopping mall located on Earlham Street next to the famous Seven Dials.
Top shops in Covent Garden
Some of the best shops in Covent Garden include:
- Benjamin Pollock Toy Shop
- Coco De Mer
- Ellis Birgham
- Forbidden Planet
- Neal’s Yard Dairy
- Neal’s Yard Remedies
- Paul Smith
- Poste Mistress
- Tea House
- Ted Baker
- Vintage and Rare Guitars
Benjamin Pollock Toy Shop
The Benjamin Pollock Toy Shop is one of London’s most know independent toyshop. It was established by Benjamin Pollock in the 1880s who started producing theatres toys. Situated in the heart of the Covent Garden Market, it is an ideal visit for both children and collectors.
Coco De Mer
Coco De Mer situated on Monmouth Street north of the Seven Dials is a lingerie boutiques offering an incredible range of sexy products.
Ellis Brigham situated on Southampton street is one of UK’s top retailer for ski, clothing and outdoor equipment. The shop is known for having an ice climbing wall.
Forbidden Planet situated on Shaftesbury avenue in the northern part of Covent Garden offers a wide range of graphic novels, collectable toys, statues and replicas.
Neal’s Yard Dairy
Neal’s Yard Dairy situated on the charming Shorts Gardens street is a well know Cheese retailer stocking a variety of British cheese products.
Neal’s Yard Remedies
Neal’s Yard Remedies is an organic shop offering numerous products for skin care and anti ageing for both men and women.
The Octopus located on Neal Street is a famous Gift and card Shop.
Paul Smith is a famous Menswear Shop situated on Floral Street in the heart of Covent Garden.
Penhaligon’s situated on Wellington street is a classic English scents shop offering a variety of quality products including perfume extracts, cologne, soaps, skincare, gift items and grooming sets.
Poste Mistress located on Monmouth Street is a designer boutique offering a wide variety of shoes and boots.
Scribbler is well known gift store on Wardour street offering a great selection of cards for all occasions.
Stanfords situated on Long Acre is the flagship maps and travel bookshop in London
The Sanctuary situated on Floral Street in the heart of Covent Garden is a ladies’ only spa offering luxury beauty treatments and massages
Ted Baker located on Langley street is a men and women clothing shop offering a wide range of design products.
The Tea House
The Tea House on the famous Neal Street in the heart of Covent Garden has everything associated with tea and tea drinking.
Vintage & Rare Guitars
Vintage & Rare Guitars (6 Denmark St) is a shop offering fine Guitars to well known musician for over 25 years.
Covent Garden top restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs
Covent Garden is famous for its abundance of excellent places to eat, drink or party. Will that be a coffee in the morning, a great place to eat for lunch or the perfect local for nice pint in the evening, the area has plenty to offer.
Some of the best restaurants in Covent Garden include in alphabetic order:
- Abeno Too
- Atelier de Joel Robuchon
- Chez Gerard
- J Sheeky
- Mon Plaisir
- Neal’s Yard Salad Bar
- Rock and Sole Plaice
- World Food Cafe, Neal’s Yard Dining Room
Abeno Too is Japanese Restaurant located next the Covent Garden Seven Dials.
Atelier de Joel Robuchon
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon located on West St. is one of the top tables in London winner of multiple awards.
Carluccio’s situated on the renowned Garrick Street, near the Covent Garden Piazza, is an Italian store, bar and café over two floors.
Chez Gerard is a traditional French Dining serving a wide variety of authentic French dishes including their famous steak-frites for over thirty years.
Situated just off Cambridge Circus opposite the Palace Theatre (117 Shaftesbury), Incognico in the heart of the theatre land is an outstanding restaurant ideal for dining before or after your show. The restaurant was designed by David Collins.
The Ivy, situated on West Street in the heart of the West End is another famous London Table and is perfect for pre or post theatre dining as well as for lunch.
J Sheekey is well known Fish and Sea Food Restaurant on St Martin’s Court.
Mon Plaisir offers a wide array of French cuisine from traditional to more modern.
Neal’s Yard Salad Bar
Neal’s Yard Salad Bar situated in the heart of very charming Neal’s Yard is a laid back café ideal for a lunch stop or just for coffee. It is a well known address in Covent Garden, opened since 1982.
Rock and Sole Plaice
Rock and Sole Plaice is a famous fish Restaurant on Endell Street, serving one of the best fish and chips in the West End.
Rules is said to be the oldest restaurant in London established in 1798. It servers traditional English food and specialise in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings.
The Orso restaurant situated on Wellington Street offers a quality Italian cuisine with a good pre theatre menu.
World Food Cafe, Neal’s Yard Dining Room
The World Food Cafe situated inside beautiful Neal’s Yard is a nice vegetarian restaurant offering everything from African Platters to Mexican nachos with refried beans.
Covent Garden top pubs, cafe and clubs
Some of the best pubs, cafe and clubs in Covent Garden include in alphabetic order:
- Gordon’s Wine Bar
- Lamb & Flag
- Mommouth Coffee Company
- Royal Opera House Cafe
Buddha Bar Embankment
The Buddha Bar Embankment is a prestigious location with a stylish and exotic ambience offering a variety of luxurious wines and champagnes selection.
The Canela is a nice Portuguese coffee shop on Earlham street in the heart of Covent Garden. Its name can be translated to cinnamon and offers indeed a variety of delicious sweats.
Freuds is a well know cafe and cocktail bar in Covent Garden famous for displaying various artwork. It is said to be the first café-bar in England when opened in 1986.
Gordon’s Wine Bar
The Gordon’s Wine Bar located on Villiers Street near Embankment and the Thames river is considered one of the oldest wine bar in London.
Lamb & Flag
The Lamb & Flag is one of London’s oldest pub and is an ideal place to enjoy a nice pint in the heart of Covent Garden.
The Lowlander is a cafe and restaurant on Covent Garden’s famous Drury Lane ideal for coffee, drinks, lunch or dinner.
Mommouth Coffee Company
The Mommouth Coffee Company situated on the street of the same name is famous for its Coffee which is only bought from single farms, estates and cooperatives.
The Porterhouse is nice pub on Maiden Lane offering a wide variety of beers, a terrace and live music in the evening.
Royal Opera House Cafe
The Royal Opera House Cafe is a beautiful restaurant offering a varied menu and a view on the piazza.
Covent Garden Top Theatres
- Adelphi Theatre
- Aldwych Theatre
- Cambridge Theatre
- Donmar Warehouse
- Duchess Theatre
- Duke of York’s Theatre
- Fortune Theatre
- London Coliseum
- Lyceum Theatre
- New London Theatre
- Novello Theatre
- Royal Opera House
- Savoy Theatre
- Shaftesbury Theatre
- St Martin’s Theatre
- Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Adelphi Theatre is a well know West End Theatre situated on the Strand in the Southern part of Coven Garden. The theatre specialise in comedy and musicals and shows a variety of productions.
The Aldwych Theatre situated on the street of the same name is a well known west end theatre, listed Grade II since 1971. It has a capacity of 1,200 and it currently showing Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage.
The Cambridge Theatre is situated on one of the Corner of the famous Seven Dials in West Covent Garden and is currently home to the world known Chicago musical.
The Donmar Warehouse is a small not-for-profit theatre situated on one of the corner of the Seven Dials intersection (41 Earlham Street) in the heart of Covent Garden. The venue has a capacity of 251 and offers various productions.
The Duchess Theatre is one of the West End’s smallest theatres with only 479 seats split on two levels. It is located on Catherine street, near famous Aldwych and is currently home to Sign of the Times. The theatre first opened in 1929.
Duke of York’s Theatre
The Duke of York’s Theatre situated on St Martin’s Lane, also know under its previous name Trafalgar Theatre is a well known venue in Covent Garden since 1892. It has a capacity of 640 and the current show is Ghost Stories.
The Fortune located on Russell Street is a theatre built in 1922 and said to be the first one to be built in London after the end of World War I. The Fortune Theatre has a capacity of 432 seat and currently is home to The Woman in Black.
The Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street is one of the West End’s largest theatres. The first venue on this location opened in 1765 but the current building with its unique design of balconies overhanging the circle dates back to 1834. It has a capacity of 2100 and currently shows The Lion King.
New London Theatre
The New London Theatre formerly occupied by The Winter Garden Theatre is situated on the corner of the famous Drury Lane and Parker Street on the east side of Covent Garden. It has a capacity of 2100 and is currently home to the War Horse show.
The Novello Theatre is a West End theatre situated on Aldwych street and currently playing Betty Blue Eyes.
The Savoy Theatre is located on the Strand next to the famous Hotel of the same and is currently home to Legally Blonde musical
The Shaftesbury Theatre is a famous West End Theatre located on Shaftesbury Avenue. It is home to various productions including illusionists.
St Martin’s Theatre
The St Martin’s is a small theatre with a capacity of only 550, best known for playing Agatha Christie The Mousetrap , the world’s longest showing play, which first started in 1952.