How to Spend 72 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. Our final segment in this series is 72 hours in Covent Garden.
When it comes to places to stay, there is nowhere quite like the Corinthia. Rated among the city’s finest, Corinthia Hotel London combines grandeur and heritage with a modern touch.
Featuring seven penthouses, two world-class restaurants, a jazz-influenced bar and a three-floor spa, the hotel is a destination in itself. Immerse yourself in the capital by staying in the new London Suite; this timeless suite allows guests to experience the city in perfect harmony - from day to night. The bedroom offers a cosy, spacious retreat away from the bustle of the West End, while the main area, overlooks historical Whitehall Place. Not forgetting the walk-in wardrobe is more than enough to hang all your new purchases!
Start your first day with a touch of culture with a visit to Somerset House. Offering a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture, Somerset House’s year-round cultural programme spans the contemporary arts in all its forms including events and exhibitions. Their SKATE at Christmas fills the courtyard with an ice rink and in summer the courtyard is transformed in to an open air cinema.
With a number of renowned five-star restaurants in Covent Garden, it is a hard choice to pick your dinner destination. However, if you’re short on time then you can’t beat Frenchie. The menu at Frenchie Covent Garden echos its Parisian counterpart with simple and generous, yet precise dishes heavily influenced by Greg Marchand's travels from London to New York through Spain and Hong Kong. You'll also discover the ever-changing, carefully selected wine list and seasonal cocktails.
After a good night’s sleep in your suite you will be ready to explore. Connecting Floral Street to King Street, Floral Court is a tranquil space in the heart of London. Currently home to The Petersham, La Goccia, The Delicatessen, the courtyard is a space to dine al fresco, respite on a tree bench and obviously snap an insta-worthy image. Spend the morning Italian al fresco style with breakfast in their courtyard space surrounded by stunning plants and floral arrangements.
The words ‘Covent Garden’ have long been used as a synonym for British opera thanks to the beautiful and deeply historic Royal Opera House. The long-awaited revamp is now complete and you can now visit the stunning space everyday from 10am. For those who want to immerse themselves in the history, you can book in for a backstage tour. Finish your trip with a refreshing drink at the Piazza Terrace Bar boasting stunning skyline views. You heard it here first!
For your final day, it is time to truly indulge in the incredible services and experiences in Covent Garden. From complimentary beauty makeovers to monogramming and personalisation services, there are plenty of ways to make your last day memorable. Start your morning being pampered either at the legendary Trevor Sorbie salon or for the gentleman wanting the truly special experience, visit the grooming room in Tom Ford.
Then move on to a fragrance profiling session at Atelier Cologne where the team will teach you why they are the first Maison de Parfum dedicated entirely to Cologne, the classic legendary fragrance. For those visiting with only carry on options, Atelier Cologne offer all their fragrances in 30ml travel sprays that come with a complimentary leather case that can be embossed. Should you purchase any 200ml fragrance with thanks to your checked luggage, Atelier Cologne will give you the travel spray with its embossed leather case for free.
As the Evening Standard once said, “Every cosmetic expedition should start at Covent Garden’s Beauty Quarter”. Covent Garden’s Beauty Quarter has become a destination for luxury beauty and fragrance, now home to the most (and best) stand-alone beauty boutiques within one square mile in London. This is the place to pamper yourself with in-store experiences, how-to beauty hacks and revolutionary makeup and skincare products. Pick your favourite and discover a world of makeover possibility.
Go big before you go home and finish your time away with dinner at SUSHISAMBA. Unarguably one of the most eagerly awaited restaurant openings Covent Garden has ever seen, SUSHISAMBA resides in Covent Garden’s famed Opera Terrace. The restaurant offers striking rooftop views across the Piazza and an exquisite menu featuring exciting new and signature dishes with an emphasis on piquant flavours, the finest ingredients and creative presentations.
By this point the Corinthia Hotel is starting to feel like home and Covent Garden is your local neighbourhood. However before you go, end your visit with a British pastime with an Italian twist. Petersham Nurseries has launched a delicious Afternoon Tea within the elegant setting of The Petersham. Discover quintessential English classics such as milk bun sandwiches and scones, alongside Italian dolci of crisp cannoli and warm bombolini.
It is the perfect way to say see you soon, not goodbye.
Enter your email address to see new shows and events first.