Covent Garden Chila Burman Jeff Moore (6)

Chila Burman x Covent Garden

Do you see words in rainbows?
26th August until 10th October

Celebrate creativity in Covent Garden this autumn with our large scale neon wonderland. Visit the iconic London destination to be immersed in bright colours, intricate collages and uplifting words. If you can’t visit Covent Garden at the moment, scroll down to experience the installation in 3D.

Throughout September, brands in Covent Garden will participate in the Colour of Creativity showcasing the uniqueness behind each of their brands as well as the craftsmanship and talent of their teams. 

Read on to discover over 20 ways to celebrate creativity with autumn with the likes of Olivia Burton, Jo Malone London, SUSHISAMBA and more hosting events, creating special menu items and showcasing their talent in store.

Learn more about Din Tai Fung’s dumpling, brush along with Olivia Burton and even get close to the stars at Mrs Riot’s Musical Mondays.

About the installation

Covent Garden is thrilled to announce that artist Chila Burman has taken over the historic Market Building with a new immersive large scale art installation. Launched on 26th August, Burman brings her vast neon sculptures into the South Hall of the Market Building, transforming the space into a giant neon wonderland. The installation will be in place until October.

Welcomed by the message “do you see words in rainbows” emblazoned in neon purple across the iconic entrance of the South Hall and Burman’s signature rich colours transform the inside of the Market Building into a bright spectacle. The installation features a distinctive floating neon octagon suspended from the centre of the Hall, sculptures of peacocks, tigers and snakes and bulls illuminating the space, plus uplifting words and collages throughout in incredible kaleidoscopic colours, all inspired by Burman’s Hindu Punjabi heritage and her bold vision.

The lights in the Market Building will be on daily from 7am until 12am and the James Street tiger will be on from 7am until 11pm.

Covent Garden Chila Burman Jeff Moore (5)
Explore Covent Garden's Neon Wonderland.

Colour of Creativity

This September, Covent Garden will be the home of culture and creativity with many brands across the entire neighbourhood celebrating Chila’s neon wonderland and drawing inspiration from it. Read on to discover what is happening in and around the Piazza.

  • Avobar is collaborating with Desenio! Visit the gorgeous green restaurant to see a range of Desenio prints adorning their walls. If you like any of the prints, scan the adjacent QR code to shop and get 10% off.
  • Celebrate 'Joie De Vivre' at Balthazar who are bringing French sophistication to the heart of Covent Garden. Throughout September you will be able to enjoy a number of limited-edition cocktails created in collaboration with Grey Goose Vodka and St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, weekly live nautical and cabaret themed entertainment, and a chic pop-up terrace bar to enjoy on sunnier days.
  • Master shoe makers Cheaney will be hosting shoe shining masterclasses in September and October to showcase the craftsmanship behind their shoes whilst demonstrating how you can achieve a professional shoe shine at home.
  • Experience a ‘rainbow of drinks’ thanks for Darjeeling Express where all the colours will be represented in their cocktails and Falooda milkshakes.
Cinnamon Bazaar Chaat Menu (3)

Cinnamon Bazaar

Cinnamon Bazaar invite you to a multi-sensory experience at their Covent Garden restaurant with dishes which will dazzle your eyes, ears and taste buds. The taster menu will allow you to try 3 Chaats priced at £12pp with an option to purchase a signature Mr Lyan’s ‘Gin Julep’ cocktail for half price at £6. This menu will be available Monday to Friday 12pm to 5pm.

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  • Walk by Fiona Fleur on Floral Street to see the new bespoke window arrangement which has been inspired by 'having faith in creativity' and ultimately 'having faith in yourself'.
  • Jo Malone London is launching a limited edition English pear & freesia collection in the King Street store. This special collection includes a limited-edition Cologne and Home Candle in an elegant, fluted glass design, as well as an extra-large 500ml Body & Hand Wash. The botanical illustrator Starkey’s Lane will be in the Jo Malone London store on Saturday 11th September, 1pm – 5pm to personalise your Jo Malone London box with floral initials, inspired by our fragrances.
  • The team at NARS in Covent Garden will be creating an exclusive series of looks inspired the rainbow and throughout September you will be able to select one of these looks for a 15 minute complementary service where a NARS artist will demonstrate how to recreate the look using that colour exclusively.
  • Every Saturday in September, Neuhaus will be welcoming you for a talk and taste of their new Duets collection.
  • Look out for Segar and Snuff’s Art of Cuban Cigar Marking and Pipe Making window display.
  • Drink the rainbow at Sticks ‘n’ Sushi with their new summer cocktail menu. Watch out for the favourite Purple Rain which is made with Roku Japanese gin infused with butterfly pea flowers, stirred with a dash of violet liqueur and lengthened with yuzu tonic water becoming purple shades when served.
  • Get creative with cocktails at SUSHISAMBA and try their Samba Sour, their signature cocktail that was designed to celebrate the vibrant and artistic culture at SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden.

Din Tai Fung

Discover the ‘Taste of Taiwan’ at Din Tai Fung where you can learn more about the heritage of the world famous restaurant. It couldn’t be a better time to experience their signature dishes such as  its world-famous Xiao Long Bao (Steamed Pork Dumplings) made with pork filling wrapped in a delicate dough skin, which is then pleated, twisted at the top and steamed. Comprising a minimum of 18 exquisite folds, each Xiao Long Bao is created with precision. Don’t forget to order Oriental Salad in a Vinegar Dressing, Steamed Chicken Soup and Fried Rice with Prawns & Eggs for an authentic experience.

Whilst dining, ensure you take in the stunning design of the restaurant with its blend of east meets west and look out for the work of acclaimed Singaporean painter Tan Oe Pang, one of Asia’s most celebrated and talented contemporary artists displayed around the space.

Once finished, you can purchase the specially imported from Taiwan, Din Tai Fung Chilli Sauce & Chilli Oil to enjoy the experience at home.

  • Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop has collaborated with Lorenzo Gabini creating toy theatre characters and scenery which have been reimagined into inspirational oracles of creativity. There are 6 in total and the artworks will be exhibited in the store throughout September.
  • Visit Lulu Guinness on National Handbag Day, October 10th, where there will be an illustrator in store.
  • The Alkemistry on Floral Street will host a number of workshops for you to visit this September. The first is a magical takeover ‘La Maison de la Magicienne’ – The House of Female Magic.  The Alkemistry will be decorating the inside of their store with a Magical bohemian inspired installation. In store you will discover Tarot reading and other events. The other event is all about the ‘Colour of Creativity’ when you can book in for a masterclass on both Kumachi and Cinta bracelet making.  Hosted by them team of female jewellers, you can join to create a colourful and meaningful piece in these 2 hours masterclasses.
Celestial Painting

Olivia Burton

Join Olivia Burton for a ‘Celestial’ art workshops with brush and bubbles in September.

  • Celestial
  • Saturday 18th September
  • Celestial Blooms
  • Saturday 25th September

Price per ticket - £35

(Price includes 2 hour art workshop at the store, a glass of prosecco, all the art materials, an apron to wear during workshop, and a branded Brush & Bubbles bag to take away your masterpiece).

Price of ticket is redeemable against any Olivia Burton purchase over £50 instore on day of event

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  • Aubaine Deli is serving up a selection of neon cocktails
  • The School of Make Up will be returning to Chanel in October
  • Join in the celebration at FLORAL by Lima on Wednesday 6th October with a live latin band and exclusive Santa Teresa 1796 rum cocktail list at The Lost Alpaca bar

Mrs Riot's Musical Mondays

Mrs Riot, a non-stop, experience led bistro and cocktail bar, has launched a brand new and oh-so-fabulous theatrical night each and every week. Introducing Musical Mondays – a riotous, dazzling night packed with sing along songs and entertainment live in the venue by musical stars hot from the West End.

Each week will host a line-up of live performances from the stars of some of the biggest shows in the West End, as well as a selection of the best up-and-coming talent, all hosted by the inimitable Natalie Woods and Christopher Howell, stars of Hairspray the Musical!

→ Mrs Riot in Covent Garden