Regency House Hotel offers many great amenities, such as high quality in comfort and service, but another of the things our regular visitors really love is the hotel’s great proximity to the cultural, arts, retail and dining treasures to be found in London’s beloved Covent Garden.
Our popular hotel near Covent Garden is less than a mile away from the delights of this prime area for leisure, business and culture, which is an interesting walk of 15 minutes through London’s historical streets. The hotel’s most local underground station at Goodge Street on Tottenham Court Road is just a few steps away and from there Covent Garden is just a 2 minute journey on the Northern Line.
Food & Drinks
The Regency House Hotel offers the maximum convenience for an evening at the theatre, with the area’s Opera Quarter offering not just culture, but cuisine. There are many of London’s best dining venues in Covent Garden, with the chance to choose from a complete range of pre-performance menus and post-theatre dining experiences. These include everything from gastro-pubs, informal brassiere dining, specialist restaurants and fine dining, to suit every budget and appetite.
Covent Garden cafes, pubs and bars range from the traditional British beer-houses to the fashionable wine bars. Most serve great food and will entice with their happy hours.
Alternatively, Seven Dial and the open air dining of St. Martin’s Courtyard offer an exciting option for eating and drinking whilst soaking up the atmosphere of this lively area of Covent Garden, day or night.
Theatres and musicals
Covent Garden has its own Opera Quarter. This important arts area of the city is home to the Royal Opera House with its Royal Ballet, Royal Opera and the Royal Opera House Orchestra, all of which offer a range of productions and performances throughout each season.
Royal Opera House London. Image Copyright Britain on View
Additionally, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Lyceum, the Ambassadors Theatre, Cambridge Theatre, New London Theatre, the Fortune, the Novello and the Duchess theatres, each boasting a range of seasonal specials and long-running, award-winning theatrical productions are all in the Covent Garden area.
Nightlife is well catered for in and around Covent Garden. You must book your stay at our bed and breakfast near Covent Garden London to discover the best of London’s nightlife, everything from Latin beats and DJs at the Salsa! bar and restaurant, American style live music or rock karaoke at the Roadhouse, to the most popular London’s nightclubs, Fabric and the Ministry of Sound, within 5-10 minutes tube ride from our hotel.
Museums and arts
- The London Transport Museum, located in the Covent Garden Piazza, is a popular tourist attraction which timelines the growth of London transport from the horsepower of yesteryear to the driving, cycling, and underground opportunities for seeing London today. The museum offers plenty of interactive exhibits, making it a great place to visit with children.
- The permanent collection at the London Film Museum is free to visit and is found in the old flower market of Covent Garden. The Museum can easily visited while residing at one of hotels in Covent Garden London.
- The free to enter National Gallery is also close by in Trafalgar Square and displays the traditions of Western European paintings through its national collection of famous paintings ranging from 13th-21st century, and a fine range of exhibitions and events.
- The British Museum is also just a short walk from Covent Garden and offers artefacts from approximately 2 million years of human history, including well-known historical items such as the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone. Admission is free to the public.
- The National Portrait Gallery, one of the world’s oldest galleries, is also nearby in St. Martin’s Place, a short walk of approximately 5 minutes, and displays portraits and sculptures of the most famous persons in British history from 16th century to the present day.
- The Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House, displays its remarkable art collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from works by many famous artists, ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
Of course, Covent Garden’s vibrant arts culture is notable from its much loved custom of street performances, thought to be the origins of Punch and Judy in the UK, as noted by Britain’s most famous diarist Samuel Pepys. Whilst the main courtyard space is the dedicated home of classical music, street performances of all types run approximately every 30 minutes in various venues around the whole market area.
History and Architecture
The Covent Garden area itself, including the 19th century piazza which was built on the square originally laid out in the 1600s, is an area full of historic character. There are many listed buildings, some of which are in use as highly individual commercial areas, whilst others are open to the public to visit, such as the Royal Opera House, the flower market buildings and St. Paul’s Church.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields church, located in nearby Trafalgar Square, steeped in Georgian architecture, it has always been a cultural, historical hub for Central London, with a history including performances from Mozart and Handel. It hosts hundreds of free and ticketed concerts featuring some of the UK’s finest chamber orchestras, choirs, and musicians, plus weekly Jazz nights on Wednesdays in their award winning Cafe in the Crypt.
Somerset House, on the edge of Covent Garden is one of the most famous arts and culture buildings. With its breathtaking architecture and stunning courtyard of 55 fountains which dance and sprinkle in the summer, but become an open air cinema across the seasons and even a popular ice rink for open-air skating under the London stars in the winter, there is always something to see and do on the outside. However, the inside too offers plenty of regularly changing exhibitions at the art galleries, free displays, family events and guided tours of the majestic building, making it a must-visit venue for many London residents as well as tourists.
Shopping and Relaxation
Covent Garden Market Piazza is internationally famous for its quirky craft, jewellery and clothing stalls, as well as some strikingly different independent shops. There are three main market areas, including the Apple Market, the East Colonnade Market and Jubilee Market. To add to market day fun, Jubilee Market has a change of focus each day, with antiques day on Monday, general household and clothing wares from Tuesday to Friday and crafting and arts across the weekend.
Covent Garden Piazza has one the world’s largest Apple store where you can try all the latest apple products and find great accessories. They also run free workshops where their business and technical specialists are in hand to set-up your device and answer any of your questions.
Meanwhile, designer as well as independent retail brands can be found alongside the outdoor dining of St. Martin’s Courtyard.
Seven Dials, the area affectionately known as the ‘village’ within Covent Garden, also offers plenty of choice for retail, health and beauty outlets, as well as dining and its own special events calendar.
Recent shopping trends in Covent Garden Market include the exciting appearance of pop-up shops, displaying the very individual items from emergent designers and offering that extra ‘something different’ to the highly original shopping experience of the area. Our blog aims to keep our visitors informed of these extra shopping and dining ‘pop up’ options, so do join us and have a look when you’re planning your trip.
For a relaxing break from shopping, pamper yourself with a natural beauty treatment, make-over, or an indulgent massage. Our hotel is considered as one of the best hotels near Covent Garden London and also neighbours many of popular Central London’s health and fitness clubs with gyms, sauna, and outdoor swimming pools. You can also find snooker clubs, sports centres, dance studios and health spas in Covent Garden.
Moving on – where to go next?
Covent Garden’s central London location means you’re never stuck for your next place to visit and explore. Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and The Strand all border Covent Garden and offer the historical delights of the river Thames, as well as the sights of both of those historic squares within a short walking distance. The cultural hub of Soho’s theatre-land, entertainments and dining, as well as the West End London shopping district along Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Bond Street, are also within walking distance from here.
Finally, although our hotel offers easy access to the myriad of entertainments and attractions in the area, it’s also well placed for convenient use of the Covent Garden Underground. The tube station is part of the Piccadilly Line and offers good links to an extra range of must-see London sights. These include Leicester Square (which is the shortest of all London Underground journeys), Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park Corner with its proximity to Hyde Park and the world famous Speaker’s Corner, as well as the designer shopping arcades in Knightsbridge, a little further along the Piccadilly line. The Piccadilly line also offers a direct route to the exhibition venue of Earl’s Court in Kensington, with its full seasonal schedule of exciting events.