The Covent Garden piazza is always teaming with people dipping in and out of the shops or admiring the stalls and street entertainment. The number of people can put you off so our guide to Covent Garden tries to take in the quieter spots.
The piazza is an area to sit and watch Londoners and Tourists stroll on by. Grab a beer on the balcony of the Punch and Judy to watch the street performers or try Tuttons for a quieter drink.
Once you have finished and want to look around head towards St. Pauls Church opposite the Punch and Judy. Walk round the quiet grounds and then head north towards Seven Dials.
Seven Dials is the connecting point for seven small streets in Covent Garden. Wander down the streets or sit in the middle and watch the passers-by before heading down Shorts Gardens and into Neal's Yard.
Neal's Yard is one of the most picturesque areas in London and adorns the Instagram accounts of all popular London accounts. Pop in, try some cheese and sit at one of the cafes in your colourful surrounds. You'll soon forget you are in the heart of the city.
The Savoy and the strand
We would come back out of Neal's Yard and head back towards Covent Garden piazza but aiming for Bow Street around the back of the Royal Opera House and onto the Strand.
Walking along the Strand you can see the Savoy and some of the tailors that run shops along the street. If you want to continue we would turn into the Embankment Gardens and perhaps walk along the Thames towards Westminster or Temple.
Where to Eat and Drink in Covent Garden
As you might expect being in Central London, you are blessed with plenty of options when it comes to both food and drink.
Our favourite spots to eat would be Polpo, The Big Easy, Franco Manca or the historic Rules along Maiden Lane. We would also recommend Sticks N Sushi or Flat Iron on Henrietta Street. If you want something a bit special Balthazar is a good shout.
If you are looking for something spectacular from a drinks perspective then try a rooftop bar at Radio Bar or Vista, by Trafalgar Square. For more traditional pubs we would try The Harp, a few minutes walk from Covent Garden.
We have several Trambles in the area. If you want to follow this route then the one for you is called 'London - Covent Garden.'