Looking for some joie de vivre this summer? Then look no further than Covent Jardin! For two weeks we are celebrating our abundance of chic French brands, al fresco café culture and delicious dining spots by becoming ‘Covent Jardin’.
From signature cocktails with a twist to mastering the ultimate French beauty look, from 31st July to 13th August ‘Covent Jardin’ embraces its French alter-ego and there are plenty of ways you can join in!
Revel in Aubaine Deli’s al fresco seating and enjoy a glass of champagne and an éclair for £12.
Also at Aubaine Deli, you can get complimentary one to one conversational French lessons over a cocktail on their terrace throughout the fortnight. To book one of the limited places for a one hour lesson, please email your name and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All Atelier Cologne scents are designed and bottled in the perfumery house in Grasse, Southern France. Their first perfume collection being called 'Joie De Vivre', the perfect place to immerse yourself in the fragrance of France. Their perfume Cedrat Enivrant tells the story a group of friends and family celebrating with a French 75 cocktail.
Discover this story and more at their Covent Garden store. What’s more, visit the store whilst Covent Jardin is happening and receive free samples to take home and try. Should you find your signature scent and purchase the 200ml bottle, Atelier Cologne will let you choose a complimentary 30ml travel scent which you can then choose from a rainbow of colours and have personalised. You can also receive this personalised experience when you purchase the 30ml travel size, with a soap or a hand cream.
Walk in the Aveda on Russell Street to experience a moment of wellness with their lavender range. When you buy anything from 31st July until 13th August, you will receive a complementary hand massage or breathing ritual to experience.
Their roots might be in New York, but it is a very French affair at Balthazar. With their menu bursting with the best France has to offer, their bar is where the magic truly happens. Their Head Bartender, Brian Silva, shares his two favourite French inspired cocktails. He was even kind enough to share his recipe!
If you like the sounds of this drink, discover more in his book ‘Mixing in the Right Circles’ available at Balthazar, Covent Garden
Brian Silva’s French Champagne Cocktail
For our Balthazar French Champagne cocktail I’ve kept things nice and simple. I’m using Courvoisier Cognac instead of Gin, finishing with a few drops of fresh orange and going light on the bitters; just a few drops of Angostura bitters onto a Perruche sugar cube will go a long way. The cocktail should be served in a classic Champagne flute to show off all the ingredients; it’s simple, balanced and best served very cold.
- 25ml Courvosier Exclusif Cognac
- 125ml Champagne
- 1 white sugar cube
- 5-6 drops Angostura bitters
- Orange peel
Place 5 drops of Angostura on the sugar cube. Don’t soak it. Chill down the cognac. Strain into a chilled Champagne flute. Top up with Champagne. Twist the orange peel to release the oils over the glass, discard afterwards. Carefully add the sugar cube.
You can chill the cognac by keeping it in the fridge or pouring it quickly over ice so there’s no chance of dilution.
Brian Silva’s Vieux Carre ‘French Quarter’ cocktail
We also have a fabulous Vieux Carre – French Quarter – on the menu at Balthazar, for this classic French drink I use Sazerac Rye Whiskey, Courvoisier Cognac, Martini Rosso and Bénédictine, with a dash of Angostura bitters. The drink should be shaken with lots of ice and served very cold in an old fashioned glass; I prefer a Vieux Carre on the rocks, but it also tastes great straight up.
- 25ml Sazerac dry whiskey
- 25ml Courvosier Exclusif Cognac
- 15ml Martini Rosso
- 5ml Benedictine
- Dash of Peychaud’s bitters
- Dash of Angostura bitters
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir to chill and balance. Strain into an old fashioned glass with plenty of ice.
I prefer this on the rocks but serve it straight up if you like – just make sure the cocktail glass is chilled
Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop
Step inside the treasure trove that is Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop in Covent Garden and discover a city in a matchbox. When you buy 'London in a Matchbox', you will get the Paris version free but you need to whisper the magic words.
Also, for the duration of Covent Jardin there will also be £5 off their iconic La Belle et la Bête Toy Theatre!
To redeem, you must whisper to the staff! Children must whisper the name of the horse Belle rode to return to the castle and adults must whisper who directed the 1946 romantic fantasy film version of the Belle et la Bete story.
Get the Parisian look at Bobbi Brown with their new Paris palette, which has 4 eyeshadows and a blusher. The packaging is as beautiful as the product!
Immerse yourself in small Provincial town France with a visit to Chez Antoinette, where for the next two weeks they will add the classic French 75 to the menu!
As the romantic restaurant in London, you would expect Clos Maggiore to be fabulously French. Their Head Chef Marcellin Marc’s cooking reflects his heritage and early life in Provence with unique flavours and regional dishes. Marcellin is committed to using locally sourced seasonal ingredients to create perfectly balanced menus which have been awarded three AA-rosettes since 2008. The extensive cellar at Clos Maggiore includes over 2,500 labels and boasts the Wine Spectator "Grand Award”, Louis Roederer “Wine List of The Year ” and many others. Ooh la la!
Named Frenchie by fellow Chef Jamie Oliver, Gregory Marchand’s Frenchie has become a staple of the Covent Garden dining scene. Visit them during Covent Jardin to experience their take on the French 75 – the Frenchie 75!
Visit NARS Covent Garden for a French masterclass! On Thursday 10th August from 6pm until 7pm, hear about the brand and it’s French heritage then enjoy a make up demonstration by Gabriella. The team will be showcase a classic French look, using new Powermatte Lip Pigment Red Lip, Natural skin using Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint finished with a soft eye and Bord De Plage contour. Enjoy a goody bag with any purchase, with prosecco and macarons on arrival! To book: 0207 836 6366 or email coventgarden@narscosmetics.
If Covent Jardin has you inspired to visit the real thing, then you need to visit STA Travel over the course of the two week. Enjoy 10% off accommodation in France and 10% off any tours that travel through France. Not to be combined with any other offers or discounts, subject to availability.
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