How to Spend 24 Hours in Covent Garden

Only got 24 hours to spend in London? Then we have the comprehensive guide for you! Nestled in the West End, our revered neighbourhood is a much-loved destination that promises a remarkable day out. From the early morning hours to the dazzling twilight, our cultural hub enthrals visitors with a unique blend of history, entertainment and dining delights. Whether you seek the allure of world class shopping, or the tastes of the finest cuisine, Covent Garden offers an unforgettable experience. Every time you visit there is something new, something exclusive and something unmissable happening!

Embark on a whirlwind tour of London’s most beloved neighbourhood as we take you through a day brimming with discovery...

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Kickstart your day

24 hours in Covent Garden requires a breakfast that’s as extraordinary as the day ahead. Thankfully you're spoilt for choice, with cafes and restaurants prepped to serve everything from a traditional English Breakfast and grab and go pastries to a trendy brunch. Some of our breakfast hotspots include Gaucho, Pivot Bar and Bistro, Chestnut Bakery and Apple Butter Café.  

Read our guide to the Best Breakfast and Brunch in Covent Garden


Walk off your morning meal by immersing yourself in a shopping adventure like no other. Covent Garden boasts some of the best shopping in London with something for everyone. From UNIQLO to Apple, discover globally famous brands showcasing the latest trends. On the hunt for fashion? Floral Street has your fix from Theory and Free People to Paul Smith, American Vintage and GANNI

Ready. Steady. Shop

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London's Beauty Quarter

Beyond fashion, Covent Garden is home to an array of beauty brands, where you can indulge in self-care with luxurious skincare products, exquisite perfumes and more. With many of them offering one-of-a-kind experiences, why not indulge yourself? Experience the scent workshops at Penhaligons or EPC, browse the flagship Glossier, or frame your face with brow services from Benefit 

After indulging in your shopping spree, take a moment to recharge with a cup of artisanal coffee or a sweet treat. If you’re seeking something more substantial, then explore our historic Piazza, offering some of the finest restaurants Al Fresco style!

Take a seat in the sun  and relish in the pleasure of people watching as the world goes by with some of the finest food that London has to offer. Discover our full Al Fresco offering here

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Your afternoon onwards...

If you’re seeking a cultural interlude, immerse yourself in history, art and the wonders as you explore the museum offerings in our wonderful neighbourhood. Begin your journey at the London Transport Museum, where you can delve into the fascinating evolution of London’s transport systems – from vintage double decker buses to the iconic tube trains.

For art enthusiasts, the National Gallery awaits with its impressive collection of masterpieces spanning centuries. Marvel at iconic works by renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Botticelli, as you traverse the gallery's hallowed halls.

The Courtauld Gallery, housed within the Somerset House, offers a more intimate experience, featuring an exquisite collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artworks. With so much going on in and around us, our museums offer an enriching and captivating experience that will leave you inspired and enthralled. Take the time to explore these cultural gems and uncover the stories that lie within, as you embark on a journey of discovery in the heart of London.

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Day to Night

As night falls, our neighbourhood comes alive with a myriad of dining options. From instagrammable foodie hotspots such as Ave Mario and SUSHISAMBA to fine dining experiences at Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden's dining scene never fails to impress. Once your appetite is satisfied, it's time to immerse yourself in the world of theatre.

Covent Garden is renowned for its iconic venues that showcase a diverse range of performances. Head to the prestigious Royal Opera House for a night of breath-taking ballet or opera, where world-class performers bring timeless classics to life. Alternatively, experience the magic of the West End with a visit to one of the many theatres surrounding Covent Garden.

From captivating musicals to thought-provoking plays, there's something for every theatre enthusiast. As the curtain falls and the applause echoes through the night, you'll realize that Covent Garden has treated you to an evening of culinary delights and an unforgettable theatrical experience. Explore the West End shows you must watch here

Post Theatre Drinks

After an enchanting evening exploring Covent Garden, there's no better way to conclude the night than with a nightcap in one of the neighbourhood’s hidden bars. Uncover cocktails, fine wines and craft beers from Mrs Riot, Eve Bar and more in our guide to the Best Hidden Bars

Never want the night to end? Continue the party until the early hours with live music, food and drink at STEREO or Cache Cache. Tucked away under the Piazza these late night bars are the place to be post midnight.



Turn your 24 hours into 48 and stay in the heart of all the action with a night booked at 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.