Where To Stay in Covent Garden
It looks like all roads lead to Covent Garden; it is the center of London life. You’ll find theatres, museums and shopping galore, quaint and romantic restaurants amidst the cobblestone streets. You will love it! Give your trip to Covent Garden an added boost by staying with London Connection. With over 35 years of experience providing serviced accommodations ranging from economical to luxury, London Connection offers the benefits of a high quality hotel alongside the comforts of home. Contact London Connection to book one of their 15 upscale vacation apartment rentals in convenient Covent Garden locations listed below. Some of these are:
- 2-22 Great Queen Street: London Connection’s newest property in the heart of Covent Garden. Perfect location for 4 persons.
- 2-28 Shelton Street, 2-29 Shelton Street, and 2-218 Shelton Street: Close to the tube station, the Royal Opera House, and numerous other theaters
- 2-26 Drury Lane, and 2-27 Drury Lane: Near several bars and restaurants, the Royal Courts of Justice, and the London Transport Museum
- Traveling with a group? We have 5 flats in the same building! 1-3 West Street, 1-4 West Street, 2-11 West Street, 2-12 West Street, and 3-12 West Street.
Where is Covent Garden?
Located in the heart of London’s West End lies Covent Garden, one of the most vibrant, energetic neighborhoods in the area. Known lovingly as the theater district, both visitors and local Londoners alike flock to Covent Garden for its notorious theater scene as well as other attractions like shopping, restaurants, bars and pubs, history and culture. The Covent Garden Station, located in tube zone 1, makes traveling around the city a breeze, and its close proximity to other famous districts like Soho, Fitzrovia, Holborn, and Bloomsbury make this spunky neighborhood one of London’s best.
History of Covent Garden
Though recent archeological digs indicate that the history of Covent Garden reaches as far back as the Roman times, when it was likely a thriving trading settlement, it wasn’t until the 13th century that the area was named. Originally known as “Convent Garden,” the area served as a garden for Westminster Abbey, where historical figures like Saint Peter planted enough fruits and vegetables to sustain all of London. In the early 17th Century, the Fourth Earl of Bedford redeveloped the district with a sprawling piazza, St. Paul’s Church, and a massive market building where traders could display their wares. Upon the redevelopment, the neighborhood was then deemed “Covent Garden.” While market trade continues to remain prevalent in Covent Garden, the area is also world-renowned for theater – where operas and ballets have played a monumental role since the late 17th Century.
Things To Do In Covent Garden
With literally hundreds of things to see and do in Covent Garden, deciding where to start can be a challenge. This list of Covent Garden’s top eight to-do’s will help get you going:
- Start at the Covent Garden Piazza and enjoy remarkable, free entertainment from street performers, browse through shops, and explore the wares and fares inside the Market Building. The traffic-free, cobblestone square adds a true, authentic Covent Garden touch.
- Shop your heart out in stores like Apple and Fred Perry, and be sure to swing down Floral Street for a quality selection of popular menswear labels like Paul Smith.
- Visit London’s Royal Opera House to catch world-class performances by companies like the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet. Take a backstage tour of the gorgeous auditorium for an extra-memorable experience.
- Before leaving the piazza, be sure to check out the London Transport Museum that showcases the then-and-now of one of the world’s oldest public transportations systems.
- Continue shopping while strolling down St. Martin’s Lane to the courtyard, a calm square that offers a bit of everything for everyone. This is also a great place to relax and pamper yourself at a luxury day spa or treat your tastebuds at Bill’s or Jamie’s Italian.
- Cruise down Neal Street and into Neal’s Yard to experience yet another one of Covent Garden’s quaint, colorful courtyards teeming with an assortment of shops.
- Visit Seven Dials’ historic intersection of seven streets for even more retail and gourmet treasures. From quirky jewelry and unusual shoes, to sweet treats and sci-fi megastores, each of the seven “dials” offers its own unique fare.
- Treat your tastebuds to traditional British dishes at Holborn Dining Room or spice it up with some sushi and grilled Yakitori sticks at Sticks’n’Sushi.
You might enjoy walking through the streets of Covent Garden and other nearby areas with Thomas Moore III, the founder of London Connection, in this 11 minute video. You will better understand the charming streets and shop owners. Fun!
Being “In-The-Know” While Visiting Covent Garden
Though Covent Garden is highly regarded as one of the best neighborhoods in London, there are a few things to keep in mind before you go:
- High prices: The area is famous for shopping and while you can definitely find hidden gems, also know that the influx of designer stores means that prices can be at a premium.
- Heavy traffic: Traffic in the Covent Garden can be slow and crowded. Thankfully, it’s easy to travel the area on foot or hop on the tube.
- Popularity: Because of the area’s vibrant, energetic vibe, it is constantly bustling with activity. This is not the neighborhood to visit if you’re seeking a quiet, quaint escape.
When it comes to Covent Garden vacation rentals, no one does it better than London Connection. Call or click today to book your stay.