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London’s Parsons Is a Great Fish Place Near Covent Garden

London’s Parsons Is a Great Fish Place Near Covent Garden


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When we’re vacationing in London, my wife and I always eat at least one meal in a seafood restaurant: So many of the creatures in British waters are different from those we get at home in New York, and it’s a treat to eat them freshly caught and beautifully cooked. For years, our favorites have been J. Sheekey in the theater district and Scott’s in Mayfair. And then there’s Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill off Piccadilly, which is smaller but possesses all the rest of those attributes. We have no intention of abandoning them.

But on our most recent trip we had post-opera supper at a newcomer just a four-minute amble from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden: Parsons. It is is almost the opposite of the sleek restaurants mentioned above. It’s informal (but entirely professional), not as costly, very small (a row of regular tables with a banquette along one wall and a clutch of high tables and stools across the room), and prettily tiled in white and green, with mirrors and a few nice paintings of shellfish. There’s an oyster station at the back with a couple more seats and a kitchen in the basement. Everybody, staff and customers alike, seems happy to be there, which is always a mood-enhancer.

Our mood was enhanced also by a look at the placemat-menu: snacky, tapas-style dishes up top, then first courses, sides, desserts/savories, and wines by the glass or carafe (with bottles listed on the other side: the proprietors also own a wine shop/bar and bistro, The 10 Cases, across the street). Main dishes (all fish) and seafood options change all the time, and these are written on the wall tiles and mirrors, visible from all seats without neck-craning.

At the moment we were there, the available fish were hake, sea bream, Dover sole, and John Dory, all simply pan-fried and served with a butter emulsion, intense roasted carrots, and a do-it-yourself spritz of lemon juice. The John Dory fillet was sweet and plump and of a good size (this fish can run small nowadays), and it was cooked to moist firmness: it could hardly have been better.

We’d been commanded by a friend to order lobster mashed potatoes as a side dish, so we did. They were okay, but the little chunks of lobster and the lobster juices flavoring the dense potatoes did little to enhance them in the way that a moister add-in (like simple sautéed onions or mushrooms) can do.

As satisfying as the John Dory was — just about perfect — the real fun was in those introductory snacks. Shrimp croquettes are nothing new, but potted shrimp croquettes needed to be tasted. Like others of their kind they were based on a thick béchamel sauce dotted with tiny shrimps, but the spices, notably mace, evoked classic English potted shrimps (which are simmered in seasoned butter that takes on their taste and aroma). Mace can overwhelm a dish, but the head chef here, Hiroshi Ishikawa, used it judiciously. There were three croquettes and two of us, and I couldn’t resist grabbing the larger half of the third. This was uncharacteristic selfishness on my part and said a lot about how good the croquettes were.

Also from the fryer came salt cod fritters. As expected, their filling consisted of shredded cod blended with soft mashed potato; the unexpected part was the good spicy tomato sauce and the almost brittle coating, which never lost its crispness — a tour de force of frying.

The snack that opened our eyes the widest was listed as brown crab pissaladière. In Britain, brown crab meat is all the stuff you scrape out of the shell after you’ve extracted the white meat that we in the U.S. are used to eating. Like many foods that are too often discarded, it is the most flavorful part, and here it was spread over a thin disc of tender pastry — it would be wrong to call it pizza dough, but that’s not a bad way to describe it — baked to slight crispness, then dotted with blobs of mayonnaise markedly flavored with tarragon. Two of our favorite flavors, brown crab meat and tarragon, and beautifully executed. I hope it never leaves the menu.

If it hadn’t been approaching bedtime, we might have followed our snacks with seared mackerel salad with orange dressing, or maybe sea trout tartare with a Bloody Mary gel, but we moved right on to that excellent John Dory, then to an exemplary apple tart, thin, crisp, and freshly baked. The tart was the only sweet dessert that night; the other options were savories, including a steak sandwich possibly meant to evoke the Lisbon seafood house Cervejaria Ramiro, which also serves these for “dessert.” I’d have ordered one out of orneriness, but they were sold out.

The experience at Parsons is quite different from that at our other favorite London fish houses, with their tablecloths, maîtres d’hôtel, and extensive menus. How best to put it? It’s breezier, not at all dressy, and — for those who are intimidated by fancy restaurants that are known to attract Famous People — more approachable. For me, that would be of no worth if the cooking didn’t soar, but it does, so I’ve added Parsons to our list for whenever we’re visiting London. I’ll just make sure to reserve long in advance; it’s been a runaway success, and tables are hard to get at normal dinner hours.

To get the fresh-from-the-sea taste at home, whip up a delicious seafood dish.


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


Generally, Covent Garden is an area that us Londoners tend to avoid – mostly due to the ungodly crowds it attracts. But it should really be recognised for it’s brilliantness! Believe it or not, there are some hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in this neck of the woods.

1. Explore the beautiful Neal’s Yard

Tucked away down a tiny side street in Seven Dials is Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did. Inside this little enclave, you can get everything from pizza to pedicures… and every business is committed to sustainable and ethical commercial practices. Read all about it here.

2-4. Discover the area from a different perspective on a fascinating walking tour

See Your City offer possibly the most inclusive walking tours in town, with fascinating and entertaining tours in six languages (English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish). And they’re not your standard tours either fully interactive, and hosted by comedians and actors, you’ll find a See Your City tour a non-stop riot from start to finish. The London Cheese Crawl ends in Covent Garden, and will take you on a fully interactive, incredibly delicious tour of the tastiest cheeses in the capital. Meanwhile, coffee lovers can get their fix on Covent Garden’s Guided Coffee Tour.

Alternatively, London’s Grime and Punishment tour passes through Covent Garden as it takes guests on a journey into London’s raucous and perilous past. Get your tickets here.

5-6. Laugh until your sides split at a comedy show

Covent Garden certainly isn’t short of comedy clubs. Head to Top Stand Up Comedy at Seven Dials Club for lots of laughs provided by award-winning international comedians such as Sara Pascoe, Milton Jones and Jack Whitehall. Tickets here.

Alternatively, try the Covent Garden Comedy Club out for size: the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in central London. Get your tickets here.

7. Shop ’til you drop

Covent Garden is a haven for shopaholics! Besides all the designer stores, there are so many quirky spots to browse. Make a trip to the gorgeous Bluebird for ultra-chic clothes, art, and homeware – and some shots for the ‘gram! Or Berlin-favourite PICKNWEIGHT that’s recently opened in the area, selling vintage clothing by the kilo.

8. Discover Covent Garden’s secret ice climbing wall

Feel like embarking on an icy adventure, but don’t want to risk hypothermia on the slopes of Everest? We feel ya. Swap the Himalayas for Covent Garden instead, where Vertical Chill offers the same slippery rush without the risk of falling into a crevasse. Tucked away in the back of Ellis Brigham’s central London store, you’ll find an imposing eight metre ice wall, just waiting to be conquered. Read all about it.

9. Nerd out at the London Transport Museum

Trains, planes and automobiles! Well, no planes… and a lot of buses. This Covent Garden museum memorialises the many ways Londoners have schlepped across the city over the last century. Embrace your inner transit nerd, and don’t miss the gift shop, which gives you the chance to spritz up your living room with some classic tube moquette. Adult tickets are £16.50, kids go free! More info here.

10. Eat ALL THE FOOD at Seven Dials Market

In the 19th Century, Seven Dials Market, then Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, was used to store cucumbers and bananas. Paying homage to the building’s past, the market is now split into two sections: Cucumber Alley, where you’ll find fresh local produce, and Banana Warehouse, which houses an excellent cast of street food traders . The lineup is killer, and features vegan queens Club Mexicana , bun huns Yum Bun , the very nice Rice Guys , fancy fried fish fiends Ink , soda sensations Square Root , as well as the exciting new cheese conveyor belt (!) from Camden’s Cheese Bar team, Pick & Cheese .


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