With the nation stuck indoors, Covent Garden has launched a programme of digital first experiences to entertain everyone from their own homes, this January and throughout lockdown. Bringing the magic of Covent Garden to all, the new digital activity hub on the Covent Garden website will offer one of a kind virtual experiences for parents and children, aspiring chefs and cocktail connoisseurs, fitness fans and arts and culture enthusiasts.
Bringing a taste of Covent Garden home, the estate’s digital hub will inspire cooking enthusiasts with much loved downloadable recipes - everyone can discover how to whip up Frenchie’s famous smoked bacon scones, SUSHISAMBA’s savoury Moqueca Mista Curry or the perfect brew from Covent Garden GRIND. With something for everyone, those celebrating Veganuary can also find the recipe to By CHLOE’s indulgent mac’n’cheese with shitake mushroom bacon, or Avobar’s healthy Moroccan plantball bowls. More recipes will be added weekly, so foodies can keep their eyes peeled on Covent Garden’s social channels for reveals from the estate’s much-loved Chefs.
Londoners tired of cooking each night can purchase a DIY meal kit and have a Covent Garden feast at home, with much loved restaurants including Darjeeling Express, Cinnamon Bazaar, Floral by LIMA, The Frog, Shake Shack and MEATLiquor all offering at-home boxes. Continuing to offer takeaway options Floozie, Avobar, Deli by Darjeeling Express, The Gentlemen Baristas, Floral by Lima and Ladurée will deliver to homes nearby. SUSHISAMBA is also offering a new special three course meal with healthy dishes packed with immunity strengthening vitamins and minerals as part of their delivery service too.
For anyone missing shopping in the much-loved area, there are a host of brands offering virtual appointments. Tom Ford is offering beauty consultations while Burberry and BA&SH are hosting virtual appointments throughout the week. Ganni’s personal shopping team are hosting virtual one-on-ones for shoppers, jewellery brand The Alkemistry has a WhatsApp service with next day click and collect on offer and Galeria Melissa is also offering WhatsApp shopping sessions. For skincare and beauty fans Penhaligon’s is offering one to one fragrance consultations, and Deciem is hosting virtual skincare consultation sessions with your favourite store consultant. Plus, florist Fiona Fleur continues to deliver bespoke dried floral arrangements across London
For families at home, London Transport Museum is sparking children’s creativity, encouraging them to download a sketch to colour in or build their own Routemaster bus, train or London’s iconic Black Taxi. Children can also enjoy listening to charming tales of the underground and London landmarks via their website. For little ones with big imaginations, Pollocks Toy Shop’s magnetic Toy Theatre creates enchanting home entertainment for families. For older children, Covent Garden’s website is supporting the Government’s Creative Earth Competition, an art challenge for young people where winners can display artwork at the COP26 Climate Change conference this year in Glasgow.
Covent Garden is teaming up with London based Spin, HIIT & Yoga Studio Digme to offer taster classes and a rare chance to experience their workouts for free. Fitness fans should keep an eye on the Covent Garden website where a preview of Digme’s Desk Yoga series and best stretches to do from home sessions will be streamed. To experience a full Digme class, code ‘ILoveCoventGarden’ can be used to claim a complimentary workout.
Spreading a little January joy and brightening up lockdown for a lucky few, Covent Garden will also host weekly competitions via its Instagram channel, offering followers the chance to win pick me ups from shopping and dining destinations including MeatLiquor, Olivia Burton and Fiona Fleur.
For anyone missing the area, there is also an extra special Covent Garden Spotify playlist - which features songs connected to the destination - including tracks from My Fair Lady, to Matilda, A Street Cat Named Bob, The Kingdom Choir and more. Or for a chance to see Covent Garden once again viewers can watch A Street Cat Named Bob, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins Returns, Frenzy, Last Christmas, Hummingbird, Stan & Ollie or even James Bond’s finest Spectre and spot the much-loved destination from their sofa.
For more information on the digital activity taking place across Covent Garden, or stores offering virtual shopping services this January, visit www.coventgarden.london.