Covent Garden, the pedestrianised heart of London loved for its dining, shopping and culture, reopens on Monday 12th April with over 35 restaurants offering an additional 500 new outdoor dining seats, a six week street-food festival, new pop-up bars on the Piazza, a 3m high ‘Hello London’ welcome back message and a new botanical garden outdoor picnic area. This marks the starts of a 12th April sees the launch of a 6 month programme of public art installations, pop up bars, outdoor performance and culture. All of the area’s much loved retailers will also be reopening their doors with special welcome back offers, while visitors can also take advantage of a newly opened secure bike storage facility from speacialists SpokeSafe when cycling in.
Famous for its dining offering, Covent Garden will unveil a new open air scheme across the estate to expand its al fresco offer to over 800 outdoor seats across more than 35 restaurants. The scheme will span seven streets as well as the historic Piazza, offering weatherproof drinking and dining options for visitors, with heaters, lighting, large parasols and windbreak screens. Much loved restaurants offering outdoor dining include neighbourhood favourites and independent restaurants Frenchie, The Oystermen, Cora Pearl, Flat Iron, Ladurée, Da Henrietta, Avo Bar, Mariage Freres and Din Tai Fung, while La Goccia’s hidden courtyard oasis and SUSHISAMBA’s terrace remain open offering new menus and dishes to be discovered. A number of streets around the area will continue to be pedestrianised including Henrietta Street, Floral Street, Maiden Lane and Southampton Street, joining the existing pedestrianised Piazza, King Street and James Street - continuing to make Covent Garden an al fresco enclave filled with shopping, dining and discovery.
The area will also unveil a large scale ‘Hello London’ sign in front of the Market Building as a welcome back to visitors, staff and shoppers who have been away from the estate since December.
This spring Covent Garden will also welcome five new openings including leading Swiss watch retailer Bucherer reopening in a new location having doubled the size of its store, fine jewellery brand Vashi, outdoor apparel brand Arc’teryx, designer accessories brand Strathberry and premium piercing parlour and gold jewellery boutique Sacred Gold which will all welcome shoppers on the estate in the coming months. These new openings further cement Covent Garden’s position as one of London’s most exciting locations for open-air shopping with global brands including Tiffany & Co, A.P.C, Apple, Jo Malone London, Kick Game, Free People, American Vintage and Ganni all reopening on 12th April, and welcoming back shoppers in store. Beauty retailers predicting booming post-lockdown self-care sales across the estate also include Chanel, Dior, Charlotte Tilbury, NARS and Tom Ford. Exclusively for reopening week, Ganni will be gifting shoppers that spend over £100 a crochet heart keyring from their new Kiosk collection, while Fiona Fleur will sell fresh flowers alongside bespoke dried floral arrangements in store and The Alkemistry will resume piercing services and celebrate the launch of its Minnie package for families to mark special moments.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy a six-week-long street food festival, from Thursday 8th April to Sunday 16th May, from Feast It, offering a changing weekly roster of street food pop ups. From Monday to Sunday each week pop ups including British Street Food Award winners Utter Waffle, Bubble Bros, The Barrow, Milktree Gelato, The Smoky Gaucho and Hermanos Tacos House will open up on Covent Garden’s Piazza. The Little Orange Van, Beetle Juice and Kuka Coffee will also be serving cocktails and drinks for everyone to enjoy al fresco.
Adding to the selection of outdoor dining spots, there will be a series of new al fresco Piazza pop ups the first of which will be the Tanqueray Terrace in partnership with Dirty Martini, offering a brand new limited edition edit of 5 cocktails as well as range of classic Fevertree gin & tonics from April 13th – May 3rd. Alongside this, Covent Garden has unveiled a new botanical garden on the East Piazza, which will provide additional seating for visitors to sit, relax and dine on the estate’s takeaway offers in the heart of historic central London. Over 1,000 overflowing botanical plants will be used here creating this urban oasis.
To welcome visitors back to Central London, Covent Garden has also opened a secure cycle storage facility in Long Acre in partnership with Spokesafe. Alongside a space; E-bike chargers, lockers, a repair station and multiple air pumps are available for visitors on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
As the estate welcomes visitors back, social distancing measures have been put in place with clear floor markings and signage, with an optional one-way system through the Market Building ready to be implemented if required.
For further information on dining and shopping options, offers and things to do in the area please visit www.coventgarden.london or visit @CoventGardenLDN
Feast It Street Food Pop Ups on rotation from Thursday 8th April – Sunday 16th May: