Covent Garden provides an eclectic mix of street theatre, restaurants and shopping. Covent Garden initially hosted a fruit and vegetable market during the 1600’s, occupying the central square but has evolved a hub of activity that offers something for everyone, be they tourists or born and bred Londoners. For those visiting London, there are definitely pros and cons to choosing a Covent Garden hotel to use as your base.
One thing to bear in mind is that the area in general is very busy till the early hours, largely because many pubs, bars and restaurants in the area with late licenses. This means the when choosing a Covent Garden hotel, it would be best to choose something a short walk away if you want a little peace and quiet. The Strand, located to the southwest of the main square is one such place. However, if you want to be right in the mix, then there are hotels dotted around the square (some off side roads).
Whatever you decide, here are hotels to suit all budgets, with household names such as the Radisson to more wallet friendly local University accommodation sometimes rented out to visitors. Suffice to say, there is no typical Covent Garden hotel.
Covent Garden resides in the London Borough of Westminster and Camden. To the west of Covent Garden is another tourist favourite within 5min walk, Leicester Square. A Covent Garden hotel would also provide good access to the National Gallery and Royal Opera House.
The National Gallery is home to Western European paintings originating from the 13th-19th centuries. Although many of the exhibitions are sponsored by large corporates, the access to the gallery remains free for everyone. Be sure to check the website or ask the receptionist at your Covent Garden hotel to find out which exhibitions are running at the time of your visit.
If the arts are not your cup of tea, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to visit. Again, given the diversity of the area and he ever changing shows, exhibitions and fairs, it would be wise to check on the internet to keep informed of what is on during your visit and consult your Covent Garden hotel reception to see if they can find out more and assist with any bookings you may require.
Covent Garden remains a very popular attraction amongst tourists and locals alike and is best seen by walking through the small cobbled streets and main square. Ask any receptionist at a Covent Garden hotel and they will almost certainly tell you that take your time and hit the street to sample the local area, but use the tube if travelling further afield.
The main tube station is aptly named Covent Garden station and lies on the Piccadilly line. If you have your walking shoes on, Holborn station (Central Line) and Tottenham Court Road (Northern Line) and Charing Cross (Northern Line and Bakerloo line) are within easy reach of any Covent Garden hotel.
Taxis (Black Cabs) are an option, but the main square and surrounding area are pedestrianized so traffic flow is slow. To make the most of your visit and weather permitting, it’s best to stay above ground to experience what the area has to offer. Where ever you decide to stay, a Covent Garden hotel is a good base for lively London visit.