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.
There is nowhere in London to stay 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 truly by staying in their new London Suite, the timeless suite allows guests experience the city in perfect harmony - from day to night. The bedroom offers a cozy, spacious retreat away from the sophistication of the city, while the main area, overlooking Whitehall Place. The walk in wardrobe is also more than enough to hold 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.
Once you’ve had your fill of the cultured life, it is time to get shopping. Discover The Shop at Bluebird’s iconic space on Floral Street, dress is like Beckham with a visit the Kent and Curwen and indulge in an iconic British brand like Mulberry. You’ll have that walk in wardrobe filled in no time.
With a number of renowned five-star restaurants surrounding 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. It also host an 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 and more coming soon, the courtyard is a space to dine al fresco, find a 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 but stunning plants and floral arrangements.
Covent Garden is the cultural heart of London and is surrounded by theatres, museums and more. The long awaited revamp of the Royal Opera House is now complete and this is stunning space has been given a new lease of life thanks to their Open Up project. You can now visit the space every day from 10am, or for those who want to immerse themselves in the rich history of the Royal Opera House you can book in to one of their backstage tours. During the tour you will get a chance to see the Backstage and Front of House areas of one of the world's leading theatres as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance. Tickets range from £12–£15.
For your final day in Covent Garden, it is time truly indulge in the incredible services and experiences in Covent Garden. From complimentary beauty makeovers to monogramming and personalisation services, there are plenty way 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 have all their fragrances available in a 30ml travel spray, which then you will receive a leather case that can be embossed. Should you purchase any 200 ml 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.
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