Al Fresco in Covent Garden
Home to London’s iconic pedestrianised Piazza, Covent Garden is the place to drink and dine outdoors. From terrific terraces to bird’s eye views of the neighbourhood, Covent Garden has a dining destination for everyone.
New to the Piazza and all the way from Italy is the latest opening in the Market Building; Vyta (pronounced vee-ta). Inside and out this truly opulent space is going to be a hot ticket in the summer and beyond. The menu has everything from Aperol Spritz with a side of truffle pasta to fine Italian wine served with arancini to snack on.
Their outdoor seating is adorned in emerald green cushions and surrounded by golden touches – perfection!
Location: South West corner of the Market Building
A little touch of Paris in the heart of the West End, Ladurée’s terrace overlooking the West Piazza is the prime spot on any day in Covent Garden. Sit back and enjoy the exquisite service whilst sampling their extraordinary menu of delicious desserts and teas. Blend the best bits of British and Parisian culture together and treat yourself to Afternoon Tea with a glass of just pink rosé.
Location: North West corner of the Market Building
Blessed with not one but two outdoor seating spaces, SUSHISAMBA is the destination to go morning, noon and night to enjoy the great outdoors West End style. Their Piazza Terrace opens from 9am serving the most indulgent breakfast whilst upstairs the balcony doors open to reveal a stunning view across the Piazza open until the small hours of the morning.
Location: North East corner of the Market Building
The southern wall of the Market Building is where you will find rows and rows of al fresco dining, with Le Pain Quotidien serving up all day menu for the finest light fare and organic produce. The rustic bakery is known for being able to cater for every dietary requirement so be you vegan, gluten free or full carnivore there is something for everyone.
Location: South side of the Market Building
The original OG burger joint opened in Covent Garden in 2013 and has been serving up the best of the US ever since. One of the only places in the Market Building to have seating on the Piazza and inside the Market Building it is the perfect pit stop on a long day of sightseeing or shopping.
With an ever-changing menu of specials and signature crinkle fries, Shake Shack in Covent Garden is the perfect blend of US food in a traditional UK setting. Plus, they are so dog-friendly they have a specific menu just for your pupper!
Location: South Hall of the Market Building
Have you even visited London if you haven’t been on the Punch and Judy balcony? An icon of Covent Garden, the Punch and Judy pub is named after the legendary puppet show which was first performed no more than ten steps away from their door.
The traditional English pub was built in 1787 and remains an institution of Covent Garden.
Location: West Piazza of the Market Building
Tucked away between Floral Street and King Street, Floral Court is the ultimate oasis in the heart of the West End. Filled to the brim with sunlight and greenery, Floral Court is the perfect place to enjoy your lunch break, a takeaway coffee or just to watch the world go by.
Location: Just off King Street and Floral Street
The inside of The Petersham is dripping in Murano chandeliers, art from the family's private collection and exquisite details so why would the outside be any different! The al fresco spot in The Petersham is enclosed with beautiful plants and pots that have been, of course, created by Petersham Nurseries. On the other side of the courtyard is La Goccia which has a slightly larger outdoor dining space all the way feeling a more laid back affair.
Location: Floral Court
The Ivy Market Grill’s terrace is always a sought after spot every time the sun is out. The restaurant is an all-day dining destination perfect for pre and post theatre, brunch, afternoon tea and everything in between. Watch out for their seasonal floral changes around the terrace, some in the past has included a 6ft floral egg, a giant floral bunny and an ombré flower arch surrounding the entrance way.
Location: Henrietta Street
The outdoor space at Aubaine Deli is all about Veuve Clicquot, the chairs are adorned is signature orange blankets and finishes off the line of South Piazza al fresco space. The all-day destination is the perfect spot to rest your feet after a long day of shopping and exploring. Specialising in French culinary creativity, they have bites big and small.
Location: South corner of the Market Building
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