Covent Garden

Covent Garden offers shopping, drama and people-watching heaven. As well as the many theatres you can catch daily street performances on the busy streets.

Popular chain stores battle for space with independent shops selling vegan shoes and other quirky items, and dozens of cafés and restaurants.

You may even spot an actor or two enjoying a pre or post-performance drink in one of the many drinking establishments.

Seven roads meet in the middle of Covent Garden, so it’s probably wise to bring a map!

What to see

Source: Jan van der Crabben (Photographer)

Somerset house

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Originally the sprawling mansion home to the Duke of Somerset, Lord Proctor of Edward VII, Somerset House is now a creative event space. Ice skate in winter, be part of London Fashion Week in the spring and autumn, and head down to the open air cinema in summer. There’s also kid-friendly workshops and a performance space in the vaults.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA | 0207 845 4600

Where to eat

Homeslice Pizza

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Homeslice Pizza serves incredible pizzas, but if you like to eat yours with a knife and fork, make sure you bring your own as they don’t have any! Toppings include cauliflower cheese, merguez and curly kale, or lamb shoulder, watercress & red wine soaked goat’s cheese. You can also order wine by the centimetre and there’s Prosecco on tap. Heavenly.

13 Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9DP | 0207 836 4604

Where to drink

Covent Garden Cocktail Club

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The Covent Garden Cocktail Club is king of the local party bar cocktail scene. The drinks are fun and the music is loud. Our favourite cocktails are the house original ‘London Calling’ and anything from the ‘Only Way is Essex’ section (named after the TV series).

6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB | 0207 836 9533