How to Spend 48 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 when you’re here. Looking for a weekend away? Here’s our guide to 48 hours in the beating heart of London.

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Time For Tea

Welcome to the land of the weekend break. 48 hours if the perfect amount of time to feel like you’ve had some time off and see some sights (and oh does Covent Garden have some sights to see).

Start your day in true British fashion with a spot of Afternoon Tea and indulge in that classic sandwich, scone and cakes combo at The Ivy Market Grill.

Just off the Piazza, The Ivy Market Grill is casual fine dining at its best and the team always save space for walk-ins. This classic Afternoon Tea is a traditional affair with every piece created to the highest quality possible, especially the signature truffle chicken brioche rolls.

→ Discover Afternoon Tea in Covent Garden

Stay

Once you’ve got your strength back from travelling, it is time to check into your hotel. Just around the corner from Covent Garden’s tube station is the Mercer Street Hotel. A hub of activity, this stylish hotel makes for the perfect outpost for your West End adventures.

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Dine

Now on to your first night dinner. The talk of the town is Cora Pearl, named after one of the 19th century’s most garlanded and celebrated courtesans, this velvet and parquet triumph is the hottest seat in Covent Garden. After receiving rave reviews, the standout dishes have been counted and verified and we can now reveal that the chips from Cora Pearl are the best you will ever have.

→ Where to Eat in Covent Garden
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Shop

You've slept peacefully dreaming of Cow's Curd Agnolotti and Ham and Cheese Toasties from the previous evening's dining adventures and awake refreshed the next morning ready to hit the shops. Offering a range of world-class fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores, Covent Garden is one of London’s hottest luxury shopping destinations.

From Chanel to Tom FordMulberry to Tiffany & Co. and Petersham Nurseries to Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop, the area boasts a unique blend of global and independent brands curated to satisfy every shopping need in London.

→ Shops in Covent Garden
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Lunch

Take a lunch break to eat and 'gram at Avobar, London’s first all-avo restaurant. Discover an eclectic mix of classic dishes with a key twist, such as the much-loved avo toasts served on your choice of sourdough or sweet potato ‘toast’. You'll love the green interiors, super cool furnishings and skincare range for those who are truly avo-mad.

→ Top 10 Brunches in Covent Garden
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Pamper

What is a weekend away without a big night out? Don’t fret about packing your entire bathroom as Covent Garden has a wealth of services and experiences to help you get ready for any occasion. From makeovers at NARS to personal shopping at Mulberry and that crucial blow dry at Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden is here to help. For the gentlemen you can fix up and look sharp with a visit to Tom Ford.

→ Discover Covent Garden's Beauty Quarter

Drink

Make sure to start your evening overlooking the Piazza with a cocktail at VyTA whose delicious spritzes pack a punch. The next morning, it is time to say bye to Covent Garden in style with breakfast at your friendly neighbourhood coffee spot, Abuelo. Complete with café dog, Annie, the Instagram-worthy hang out excels in their coffee, dishes and décor. Order one of the signature coffees with baked eggs and you’ll be perfectly fueled-up for your next adventure.

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