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Covent Garden

Sit back and watch the street performers in London’s historic piazza, or venture down the winding alleys to seek out the bars and boutiques that are hidden away.

Covent Garden, situated on the edge of London’s West End, has had a colourful history ever since its beginnings in the 17th century as a small open-air fruit and vegetable market. Today, the cobbled piazza is a hive of activity, buzzing with street performers ranging from string quartets to mime artists and comedians.

The original fruit and vegetable market moved to South London in the 1970s, but Covent Garden remains a haven for food-lovers. The numerous restaurants and cafés offer cuisine from all over the world. Why not try a lunch of Spanish paella, North African curries or Thai street food? Close by, Monmouth Street is home to many charming tea rooms and coffee bars serving a range of delicious pastries and cakes. For something a little stronger, head for the many historic and atmospheric pubs offering traditional British beer.

Each section of Covent Garden has something different to offer. Whilst the main piazza may be the focal point, there’s plenty to discover in the streets leading off this area. Seven Dials is named after the small junction where seven streets converge with a pillar at its centre bearing multiple sundials, and offers fashion-forward boutiques and trendy cafés. Don’t miss Neal’s Yard between Shorts Garden and Monmouth Street, famous for the natural health and beauty shop Neal’s Yard Remedies and the excellent Neal’s Yard Dairy. For mainstream retail therapy, head to Long Acre just north of the piazza where you’ll find many of the top British high-street shops.

One of the most prestigious attractions to be found in Covent Garden is the Royal Opera House. Home to the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, this venue that dates back to 1732, offers some of the best artistic performances in the world. Listings and tickets are available from the Royal Opera House Website.

The nearest Underground station is Covent Garden. At peak times, Leicester Square Underground station is a good alternative.


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The Waldorf Hilton, London NZ$372
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The Waldorf Hilton, London

The Waldorf Hilton, London

Aldwych, London, England
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Central for where I wanted to go, room was very cold, but it was extremely cold any way.

    The Nadler Covent Garden NZ$224
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    The Nadler Covent Garden

    The Nadler Covent Garden

    51 Bedford St, London, England
       
      4.8 of 5
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      Incredibly friendly staff - perfect set up for our family (kitchenette and baby cot) - free champagne happy hour every evening!

      h Club London NZ$330
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      h Club London

      24 Endell Street, London, England
         
        4.8 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Super location and service.Made to feel welcomed.The wife liked the cocktail cart !

        The Fielding Hotel NZ$283
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        The Fielding Hotel

        The Fielding Hotel

        4 Broad Court, Bow St, London, England
           
          4.4 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Excellent location, ideal for purpose of our trip.

          The Hoxton Holborn NZ$376
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          The Hoxton Holborn

          The Hoxton Holborn

          199 - 206 High Holborn, London, England
             
            4.5 of 5
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            loved the bar area the room was very quiet nice breakfast idea, but some variety would be good

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            One Aldwych

            One Aldwych

            1 Aldwych, London, England
               
              4.7 of 5
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              Great property. Phenomenal location. Staff always very friendly. It’s our 2nd stay in less than a month.

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              Hotel Strand Continental - Hostel

              143 The Strand, London, England
                 
                3.0 of 5
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                I really liked this hotel - yes, it is dated and has shared facilities, but it is like going back in time. The India Club meal was outstanding. Overall it was fantastic value for money.

                The Henrietta Hotel NZ$540
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                The Henrietta Hotel

                The Henrietta Hotel

                14-15 Henrietta Street, London, England
                   
                  4.7 of 5
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                  Great stay, thank you so much for the upgrade! Perfect location and gorgeous decor. Cannot wait to stay again.

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