Tube Stop Tuesday: Covent Garden
Covent Garden is my favourite place in London for food and drinks. If I make dinner plans with friends, we’ll almost always be meeting here. Located in zone one of London, it’s easy to get to via the Piccadilly line, right next to Leicester Square. I often walk from Waterloo and make it in about fifteen minutes, other times I walk from Charing Cross as it’s so close. I prefer walking rather than getting off at Covent Garden tube station because a) I enjoy a stroll around London and b) I avoid the tube station’s 193 steps to street level or over-crowded lifts like it’s a death trap. I have a healthy pair of legs, I can walk. What I don’t have is a healthy amount of patience or a healthy level of stamina to make it up those stairs alive!
But you should take the stairs just once in your lifetime so you can live and learn, and understand exactly what I’m talking about.
Things to do in Covent Garden:
- Dine out! Covent Garden has a restaurant for everyone, even the fussiest of eaters. My best friend is the fussiest eater you could possibly ever meet and even she is kept happy with the tonnes of options in this area. Popular restaurants include TGI Fridays (American and Mexican), Nandos (lots and lots of chicken), GBK (burgers), Bella Italia (Italian) Fire Stone (hand made pizzas), Carluccio’s (Italian – they do a great mushroom risotto), Punch and Judy (British pub food), Hi Sushi Izakaya (Japanese bar). For a bigger list of restaurants and bars visit https://www.coventgarden.london/food-drink.
- Enjoy a night out in popular bars such as Road House and Dirty Martini. I spent my 21st birthday in road house, an upbeat bar (similar to TGI Fridays) who serve amazing cocktails.
- For a superb curry, enjoy dinner at the Strand Tandoori. The atmosphere unfortunately is not anything special but the food is to die for and is possibly the best Indian grub I’ve tried. Trust me, I am a curry fiend.
- Shop ’till you drop! Covent Garden has a variety of designer retailers such as Burberry, Chanel, Michael Kors, and Ted Baker. There are also a few markets you can visit throughout the week which sell hand made crafts, soaps, and jewellery. The Apple Market is my favourite and has been beautifully decorated for the festive season.
- Visit the London Transport Museum which takes you through the development of the cities transport and the growth of society and culture. (Tickets are around £17 and children can enter for free).
- Take a look around the London Film Museum which is dedicated to the British film industry. Enjoy the large display of vehicles which featured in the James Bond film series. (Adult tickets are around £15).
Have you visited Covent Garden? If so what’s your favourite thing to do there?
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