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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.
hotel and staff where all great the pool was warm but the staff at the gym where rude.The hotel staff where all very nice and helpful though
Great location. Walkable to the Thames. Cool Funky Hotel. Great vibe every night. Young and hip bar downstairs. The room was a snug room and it was snug but very functional. The front desk staff were excellent. The breakfast concept was goo. No waste. Would stay again.
We had the best stay here. We can't recommend the hotel and staff enough. The location was amazing and all the little touches were fantastic! Especially for my two year old son who was made to feel so special. The only tiny con for us was the extra service charges for the room service when ordering ...
The experience from start to finish was nothing short of exceptional. The staff, the room, the bed, the food and the location made the few short days in London all the better. Absolutely worth the price point for the rooms, and we would stay again with this property in a heartbeat.
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 property is a student residence so expect basic accommodation. However it is done very well. Location is superb and the student staff is helpful. We had a small studio with a mini-kitchen. A two burner stove, microwave, small refrigerator and sink. Clean towels were provided and trash removed ...