Covent Garden's 2019 Trends
A truly unique London destination, Covent Garden blends the best of shopping and dining into one neighbourhood. From 'Destination Dining' to 'Made to Measure', read on to discover the top six dining and shopping trends emerging in Covent Garden for the 'Year of the Pig'.
With and more and more restaurants introducing vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free dishes to their menus than ever before, Covent Garden has transformed into a diverse foodie paradise for 2019. Veganism alone has rocketed in the UK over the past couple of years - from an estimated half a million people in 2016 to more than 3.5 million – 5% of our population – today, according to The Guardian (2018).
Over at by CHLOE, vegan diners can feast on an impressive menu, boasting an entirely vegan selection, offering creative twists on iconic fast-food options such as The Classic Burger, made with a tempeh, lentil, chia and walnut patty; Mac N’ Cheese made with sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce and shiitake bacon; and tofu Fish N’ Chips.
Head to Avobar, London’s first Avocado-only restaurant in Covent Garden, for one of the best deceptively diverse menus in town. The majority of the menu is vegetarian and undeniably delicious, with every dish on the menu championing the nation’s favourite green fruit. Diners can enjoy vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free dishes with a clear and organised menu so that whatever your dietary requirement, you're covered.
To keep up with demand, Indian-heritage-urban-London restaurant, Cinnamon Bazaar, has introduced a four-course Vegan Tasting Menu for £30 per person full of innovative and vibrant plant-based dishes where vegans and and non-vegans alike can indulge in dishes inspired by the hustle and bustle of ancient and modern bazaars from around the world.
Discover our round-up of the best Vegan Dishes in Covent Garden or The Best of Vegetarian Food and Dining in Covent Garden.
The year might start with 'Dry January', but it's all about the return of the mocktail in 2019. With an increase in non-alcoholic spirits such as Seedlip and Ceder's making some of Covent Garden's favourite cocktail menus, whether it's for health purposes or a new lifestyle choice, it looks like 2019 is going to be the year of low alcoholic cocktails and creative concoctions.
The Henrietta Hotel proves the January detox can still be fun, as it launches a low-alcohol pop up bar entitled Below 20. The brainchild of the Experimental Group, Below 20 serves up creative cocktails featuring avocado, grapefruit, tomato and artichoke juice, each drink is made using spirits which only contain less than 20% abv. The exclusive pop up can be found at The Henrietta Hotel from Fridays to Sunday, throughout the month of January.
Over at The Ivy Market Grill, one of Covent Garden’s most renowned eateries, discover two new non-alcoholic cocktails sure to quench your thirst this year. First up, the Seedlip Garden & Tonic (£5.95), is an alcohol-free take on the trusty G&T, created with non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip served with tonic, cucumber and sugar snap peas. Fancy something sweeter? Then the Strawberry & Vanilla Soda (also £5.95) should tickle your fancy; consisting of a blend of strawberries, fruits and vanilla with Fever-Tree soda water.
At Aubaine Deli, they know that enjoying a drink out with friends during ‘Dry January’ can be challenging, so they’ve created a brand new cocktail list to help get you through the month. Aubaine’s ‘Dry January’ menu features a variety of low-alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks, from a sparkling Seedlip Grove 42 & Tonic to a rich alcohol-free take on the Espresso Martini, the ‘Espresso MartiNo’. January just got interesting...
Return of the Bun
From brioche rolls to steamed bao buns, the 'bun' is making a serious comeback for 2019. From restaurants focused on ‘bringing bread back to the table’, to world-famous Taiwanese bao buns, there’s nowhere else you can discover so many takes on the ‘bun’ than in Covent Garden.
Buns & Buns, the restaurant putting breads and buns back at the centre of the table, has now opened in the heart of London’s Covent Garden Market Building. Having first debuted in Miami, Buns & Buns introduce their take on the world’s best breads, from fluffy Taiwanese bao to pala romana, a crunchy Roman-style pizza bread. There are even bread-based desserts on the menu too, such as bread and chocolate pudding alongside freshly spun soft serve blended with a choice of nostalgic childhood treats and seasonal doughnuts.
Coming to Covent Garden in 2019 and helmed by Paul Wahlberg, alongside his brothers - superstar actor and producer Mark and New Kids on the Block star Donnie – Wahlburgers’ menu aims to make you smile whilst offering a host of hearty and lighter offerings. Chef Paul has put his own spin on Wahlberg family favourites and speciality burgers such as ‘The Beast’, featuring two 5oz burgers, lettuce, mayo, pulled pork and homemade blue cheese sauce or ‘The Impossible Burger’, a plant-based patty served with smoked cheddar, lettuce, caramelized onions, homemade chili spiced tomatoes and Paul’s signature Wahl sauce.
Authentic Taiwanese restaurant, Din Tai Fung, has now opened its UK flagship in Covent Garden. Not compromising on its true Taiwanese flavours, the menu offers signature Din Tai Fung dishes, including 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 surgical precision.
The Rise of Vegan Beauty
Forget 'Veganuary', Covent Garden is home to some of the best vegan dishes, beauty and products all year round. The Beauty Quarter has become a destination for luxury beauty and fragrance, and is home to some of the beauty industry’s best vegan beauty brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Aesop, Floral Street, Urban Decay and Deciem. Top tip: Simply look out for PETA’s cruelty-free bunny logo on the packaging to discover if the item is vegan.
Established in 1987 in Melbourne, Aesop's objective has always been to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality; investigate widely to source plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and use only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy. Aesop's plant-based range has always been 100% cruelty and animal by-product free and is available in the King Street boutique in Covent Garden.
Not only is Floral Street's entire range vegan, but each fragrance comes tucked inside a ground-breaking pulp carton with an embossed lid, made from recyclable paper packaging and held together with a re-usable brightly-coloured band. Re-purpose yours to store jewellery, crystals, herbal teas, as a seed tray for plants and herbs - and just about anything else. Visit the store on King Street to discover the full range.
Charlotte Tilbury, the world’s number 1 makeup artist, brings her beauty revolution to her first one-of-a-kind, flagship store on James Street in Covent Garden – a British home for an award-winning British beauty brand. Not only is Charlotte Tilbury cruelty-free, but many of her products are vegan too. From fluttering mascara to complexion perfecting foundation, your vegan beauty wish list is about to get a lot longer. Why not book a makeover in store and try for yourself!
Jewellery to Stand the Test of Time
This year, it’s all about understated, timeless and sustainable jewellery that stands the test of time. With recent openings from Tiffany & Co. with its first ‘Style Studio’, APM Monaco and The Alkemistry who offer sustainable diamonds in their first standalone boutique, Covent Garden has become a one-stop-shop for all your jewellery needs, whatever the occasion.
First up, Tiffany & Co.’s Style Studio is the first of its kind, opening in 2018 on Covent Garden’s James Street. A store concept like no other for the brand, the Style Studio is designed to inspire and encourage creative interaction and play, offering a fresh perspective on the jewellery shopping experience. The new store celebrates self-expression, welcoming style conscious shoppers to discover their own vision and create unique, imaginative jewellery looks with a #MakeItTiffany personalisation bar offering customers engraving, monogramming and embossing.
New to Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House Arcade, APM Monaco is a much loved contemporary jewellery brand influenced by the South of France. Named after founder Ariane Prette, APM Monaco was created in 1982 and made its mark producing pieces for prestigious names in the jewellery business. After 30 years of developing and perfecting traditional handcrafted quality jewellery, the Prette family decided to venture into design-focused jewellery with an aim to make APM Monaco not only a household name, but one that is modern yet timeless and continues Ariane's legacy.
Exclusively curated from international female designers, The Alkemistry's range of stunning, timeless jewellery is made from gold, diamonds and precious gemstones. Born in 2015 thanks to former Harrods’ buyer Kirstie Gibbs, The Alkemistry started its journey in Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, before finding a permanent home on Covent Garden’s Floral Street. The boutique offers customers a magical retail experience by taking them on a journey through the different alchemy elements and even offers a collection of ‘lab grown’ diamonds, an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional 'mined' diamond.
Made to Measure
From customised jewellery to ‘Made to Measure’ suits, Covent Garden has quickly become London’s favourite personalisation hub. Put your name on it with engraving, embossing or a monogram at Tiffany & Co., have your look personally tailored at Hackett House or pick up the perfect personalised gift at Jo Malone London.
At Tiffany & Co.'s Style Studio on James Street personalisation is all part of the service - there’s even a dedicated #MakeItTiffany personalisation bar in store. You can pre-order online, or talk to the Customer Service team for advice and inspiration. With hand engraving, monogramming and embossing, Tiffany & Co proudly claim that ‘anything is possible’.
Over at Hackett House on King Street you'll discover a bespoke tailoring service like no other inside one of Hackett's biggest and most original stores. Made in England and completely hand-cut and stitched to your personal needs, the Made to Measure service is for the gentleman looking for that extra touch of luxury. Made from an existing pattern that can be adapted to fit the shape of your body, the suits are also fully-canvased making for a sharper and cleaner fit down the entirety of your two or three piece, particularly good for super-lightweight cloths.
Famous for fragrance, Jo Malone London is the best destination for a present that anyone would be thrilled to receive. Cologne and candles can be engraved in the King Street store for just £15 per item, and there’s complimentary gift wrap featuring their iconic ribbon bow. Simply call ahead to arrange engraving.
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