How to Spend 24 Hours in Covent Garden

Covent Garden is filled to the brim with places to shop, eat and experience. Every time you visit there is something new, something exclusive and something unmissable happening.

In our new series ‘What to do in Covent Garden’ we help you tackle the FOMO struggle with our expert guide of making the most of your time whilst you’re here.

First up, 24 hours.

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Get Your Walking Shoes On!

So you’ve arrived in London for one night only, how very Dream Girls of you. Speaking of Dream Girls, did you know Covent Garden is surrounded by theatres? With over 20 to choose from you’ll be able to see a classic or a niche hit anywhere around the Piazza.


If you’re in town for 24 hours you want to make the most of Covent Garden, which means staying close, you can’t get much closer than the Henrietta Hotel.

An 18-room boutique hotel from the team that brought you the Experimental Cocktail Club, you can count on them for three things – proximity to the Piazza, beautifully designed rooms and a well-stocked hotel bar.

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So you’ve got your place to stay, you’ve got your theatre tickets and now you need your place to eat in Covent Garden before you walk your Kinky Boots all the way to the stalls.

Balthazar has been an institution of Covent Garden since its arrival in 2013. A New York institution, their Pre-Theatre deal doesn’t get much better with three courses coming in at £22.95.

→ Where to Eat in Covent Garden
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Looking for a night cap? Then look no further than the entrance of your hotel, the Henrietta Bistro. In winter they do a fantastic warm gin punch (from what we can remember) and in summer it is rosé all day, every day. They are French of course. 

→ Discover the Best Bars in Covent Garden
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You’re well rested from a blissful night's sleep wrapped in your monogrammed Henrietta Hotel robe and now you’re looking for a breakfast fit for a jet setter like yourself. Well, here in Covent Garden we take brunch very seriously. Look right in to the heart of the Piazza with brunch on Ladurée’s terrace. From here you can see the sights as people drift into the historic Piazza, traders set up for the day and Covent Garden comes alive.

→ Top 10 Brunches in Covent Garden
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Now, I know you’re short on time but you simply cannot leave without experiencing some of the best stores in London. From over 30 beauty brands to some of the most exclusive menswear destinations, like Hackett House and Kent & Curwen, you’re spoiled for choice. Whether it’s a niche, contemporary brand such as Chanel and The Alkemistry, or bigger more familiar names such as Tiffany & Co. and Burberry, Covent Garden has it. Now off to the tube, straight to Heathrow and remember to come back soon.

→ Shops in Covent Garden