24 hours in Covent Garden, London
Tourists flock to Covent Garden to admire the street performers, walk the piazza and get lost in the old market hall, but why not go against the crowds and discover the hidden gems of Covent Garden, or shall we say what's behind the curtains?... Sorry.
Early morning pick me up - the first thing you MUST do is head straight to Monmouth street, this is where you will find one of the most sought after coffee shops in the whole of London, Monmouth Coffee. There is normally a queue outside the shop, but it's worth the wait! If you're feeling peckish, succumb to their freshly made pastries, you won't be disappointed!
Brunch - Balthazar is set in what was Covent Garden's vegetable market in the 19th century, however it is now a delightful Jazz playing, french inspired eatery. The brunch menu offers a delicious array of breakfast treats including pancakes and plenty of eggs.. The eggs benedict is a must try! Also make sure you visit the loo's, you will no doubt experience tile envy! Breakfast for two (with drinks) totalled £40, on the slightly pricey side but well worth the extra pennies!
Now time for some shopping; head to Seven Dials where you will find cobbled streets lined with an intriguing mix of boutiques and branded shops. Some of my favourites include Carhartt, Miller Harris, Kiehls, Fred Perry and of course Neal's Yard Cheese!
Take a wander into Neal's Yard where you are transported into a colourful little world! This tiny passage way is full of surprises, the home of Neal's Yard Remedies, the Wild Food cafe specialising in Organic and Vegan dishes and Homeslice, specialising in Wood fired pizzas, this place is worth joining the queue for!
Feeling peckish? - There is just one too many great places to eat in and around Seven Dials, for that reason I have popped a few more of my favourite places for either lunch or dinner below -
- Mon Plasir - London's oldest French Restaurant
- Rock N Sole Plaice - London's oldest Fish and Chip shop
- Polpo - Award winning Venetian dishes
- Talli Joe - 'Half plates and Full drinks' - delivering the undiscovered flavours of India - Michelin Guide 2017
- Cutter and Squidge - this is for those with a sweet tooth, a few minutes walk and you will be in cake heaven
I can't talk about food and not mention Flatiron - 2 steaks, 2 sides (chips & creamed spinach) and 2 drinks = £38 - This place is a must visit, sadly you can't book,but get there for early evening and you can take a ticket for a table! Not to mention the free ice cream rolled in grated chocolate on the way out...
Surely it's 5pm somewhere? I was feeling thirsty and I don't mean a glass of water. We headed to New Row Gin Parlour situated at Mr Fogg's Tavern on the outer skirts of Covent Garden. This is an oldie worldie pub with barrels outside for you to stand at and take in the hustle and bustle (and some sunshine?!) I opted for a yummy 'Mothers Ruin' gin cocktail with Rose lemonade. YUM!
If you're not a fan of gin and would prefer some beer or cider, visit Covent Gardens Craft Beer co. where you can choose from either 30 different keg lines, 15 cask pumps and over 200+ bottles & cans.
Or a cocktail? The Escapologist is one of Covent Gardens coolest bars with a lengthy cocktail list! Ranging on the slightly pricier side, you're paying to be in London's Time Out - 5 star approval.
Finally, enjoy your break and if I have missed any of your favourites, make sure you let me know below so I can plan for my next trip!