Visiting London’s best coffee shops


There’s more to London’s cafes than just finest cups of Joe out there. From flatties to espresso, latte to even double-shot-macchiato and everything in between it’s no secret that London’s coffee culture has grown significantly since Flat White arrived on Berwick Street in 2005. Both locals and tourists starting flocking to their new favourite Cafe Milkbar to taste the speciality coffee and today, it still remains the favourite among all coffee lovers. Speciality-focused cafes, such as Silhouette and Lanark have been meeting the demands of good quality coffee in the town and by far best area for best coffee is in the East London.

The growth of speciality cafes has accelerated in the recent years, catering to a wider demographic. Today, the capital is brimming with high-profile cafes, with outlets on every other street in London but we have rounded up some of the best cafes and coffee shops to understand why there’s more to London’s cafes than just great brews.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia

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Opened in 2009, Kaffeine is best known for offering A solid Square Mile espresso along with a breakfast and lunch menu. The cafe is very much popular with locals, especially amongst young office workers, who visit this place any hour of the day to enjoy lunchtime. Minimalist decor includes wooden bench-type tables either high or low. This Australian style cafe is all about excellent coffee and simple food that is creating a buzz and setting an example for all other cafes to follow.

  • Address: 66 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QJ. 020 7580 6755

Prufrock, Leather Lane

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For coffee enthusiasts, Prufrock tops the lists of best cafes in London and this is for a good reason. Savour baked goods made in-house, including gluten-free options and nicely crafted brews in a welcoming ambiance. Menu here changes regularly based on the seasonal delights. One of the major highlights of the cafes popularity is that the coffee beans that are sourced from all over the Europe, so there is something for every coffee lover. If you’re very serious about the coffee education, this is the place to be as the cafe boast of a full training centre.

  • Address: 23-25 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TE. 020 7242 0467

Brooklyn, Spitalfields

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Boasting a distinct aesthetics, Booklyn located in Shoreditch East London is a creation by Bryan and Reina. Slick design dominated by concrete island bar, the cafe looks absolutely stunning even with minimal decor. Taste the coffee here which is crafted with perfection and made with Caravan beans. Serving coffee since 2013, Brooklyn is one of the very best in the town and famed for their cold brew.

  • Address: 139 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ. 07525 861 964

Workshop Coffee Co., Fitzrovia

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Lovely cafe, the fourth location of Workshop Coffee is now in Fitzrovia joining popular cafes like Curators, Kaffeine and Mother’s Milk in this location. Filter coffee and espresso served here are-best in both taste and presentation! Also serving tasty brunch menus and pastries, Workshop is a gem in the heart of Fitzrovia. The cafe has an open communal sitting area that makes the atmosphere here inviting and warm but it is the coffee that takes the centre stage.

  • Address: 80A Mortimer St, London W1W 7FE

Take a break for a caffeine upgrade in the cafes that we’ve rounded up for you from around the capital. You’ll surely fall in love with these beautiful coffee shops before you even taste the coffee. Meet new people, chat to friends, relax and plan new outings over a coffee in London!

While you are in the city to explore the amazing tourist destinations that the city has to offer, make sure to book to accommodation one week prior to your visit. You can plan to stay in an attractive neighbourhood like Fitzrovia in central London. The upmarket Fitzrovia, known for its thriving community boast of several premium serviced apartments that are best suited for both leisure and corporate travellers.  These apartments are located centrally and well-connected via public transportation.

Comparing the places of New York – Tourists vs. Locals, who prefers what


New York, one of the major cosmopolitan cities in the world, attracts 50 million foreign and American tourists every year. The city is best known for its lush green parks, skyscrapers, art museums and historical sites. During your visit to the city, you will never have enough time to see them all. New York tourist attractions are endless including Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park and Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name a few. These are the tourist attractions that both locals and tourists adore equally. Plan to visit the city any time of the year and you will be floored with endless choice of things to see and do here.

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There are many programs followed in the city to attract tourists and help them to live like a local but in case of New York, it has been found that tourists still prefer to live like tourists. It has been quite predictable in New York that tourists love to stay near major attraction in the city whereas locals avoid areas around such attractions. Midtown and Lower Manhattan are the major destinations or neighborhoods where tourists prefer to stay.

Over the years, tourism industry of New York has increased. It has been found that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center and Battery Park were some of the most visited attractions by tourists in the recent years. All these attractions are also frequented by locals but the number of locals are just a fraction of total visitors in the city. Take for example -The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which witnessed around 6.3 million tourists last year in 2015. According to the data around 26 percent of the visitors were locals and residents while the rest belonged to the tri-state area and other American and international visitors. City parks in New York were amongst the most visited attractions by locals as these areas serves as the chief public transportation crossroads like Madison Square Park and Union Square Park in Manhattan.

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If we talk about restaurants, most restaurants and eating joints that are popular amongst locals are well-known New York City restaurants chains that are located in the area around midtown Manhattan. Most destinations that are on high rankings represent New Yorkers’ commuting destinations and lunch hotspots. Although New York City residents visit the major tour. But there are many similar restaurants and tourist attractions that are visited by both tourists and locals. Locals who are employed in Midtown find it difficult to avoid the Times Square zone and Central Park for their morning walks and jogs. Both locals and tourists cannot afford to miss the chance of trying a delicious burger or milk shake at the Shake Shack located in Madison Square Park.

Here is the list

Attractions and eating joints that are frequented by both tourists and locals equally are:

  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • Bryant Park
  • Urban Space Vanderbilt
  • Shake Shack

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Attractions mostly visited by tourists

  • Rockefeller Centre
  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Battery Park
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Places Visited by NYC Locals

  • Manhattan Bridge
  • Prospect Park
  • Columbus Circle
  • Union Square Park
  • Madison Square Park

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Numerous tourists prefer to stay in crowded city centers while seasoned travelers avoid the rush and prefer to choose the destination away from the touristy grid. Tourist attractions that have title for a particular reason, are amongst the top drivers why people travel and want to know more about a particular place.

Touring London’s Favourite Hotspot Neighbourhood : Fitzrovia


Home to London’s creative industries, Fitzrovia has beautiful residential streets with an eclectic restaurant scene and is best known for its contribution to the arts – poets, designers and musicians. Located in the north of Soho and south of Euston Road, this city lies in the midst of Bloomsbury and Marylebone.

The city district is named after the Fitzroy Tavern on Charlotte Street where a group of writers used to gather. It was earlier called by different streets’ name such as Tottenham Court Road, Fitzroy Square, etc., but then in 1930s, Poetry London’s founder and editor M. J. Tambimuttu used the name to describe a crawl of pubs from Soho to Charlotte Street.

One can find stucco townhouses and mansions blocks, as well as modern residential developments across Fitzrovia. A trendy, glamorous and swanky neighbourhood that has a bohemian history behind it, one can easily call it a proper city district with a dense mix of residential, business, retail, education, healthcare, and more recently, art galleries.

Things to Do

Fitzrovia has become quite popular with the advertising, media and television agencies and is known for several media units. It’s popularity with such agencies has given rise to a fashionable, stylish bar and restaurant culture. The area holds a lot of prominence for its restaurants.

Charlotte Street and Sanderson Hotels are those establishments that have been developed into hotspots and they have become so popular for the wealthy and famous that many actors, actresses and sports stars can be spotted easily here. Some of the known faces that lived here are Pink Floyd, George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Wolf.

While you are in Fitzrovia, you can go eating and drinking in Charlotte Street all the time in the finely selected restaurants that will serve you delicious food. If you are of one pf those who likes to do shopping, you can head to Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street. With your whole day busy, you’ll get tired a bit, so for relaxation you can take a walk near Regents Park that offers a vast expanse of open space.

Attractions

A beautiful peaceful little quarter situated in the middle of the busiest streets of London i.e., Soho, Marylebone and Oxford Circus, Fitzrovia has several religious buildings, prestigious boutique art galleries and museums. Here is our list of sight-seeing in the district:

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The Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Gardens are almost 250-years-old, but for a modern outdoor adventurer there is so much to explore. You can find exotic flowers and wild meadows here. Apart from that you can take the Tree Top Walkway, if you want to get a bird’s eye view of some of the park’s centuries-old trees. Also, stroll down to the Chinese Pagoda, built in1762.

Grant Museum of Zoology

Grant Museum of Zoology

One of the best known attraction of Fitzrovia is this museum or art gallery we should say. Run by University College London, it was founded in the year1828 as a showcase of the wonders of the natural world. It houses as many as 68,000 specimens, you can see some extinct animals too.

All Souls Church Langham Place

All Souls Church Langham Place

It was the creation of Prince Regent’s favourite designer, John Nash in the year 1824 and was the ultimate plan for the formation of Regent Street. It is located along the BBC’s Broadcasting House. For those having a great faith in Christianity, can take the church’s popular course ‘Christianity Explored’.

Places to Eat

Fitzrovia is a hub of popular restaurants and there is an abundance of fantastic places to eat, which serves the delicious food. You can go to the below mention eating joints to satiate your hunger:

Ceviche Soho

Ceviche Soho

For the love of Peruvian food, you can go and visit this beautifully lit Soho that is famous for ceviche. But wait, it’s not just ceviche but you can also find the tasty grilled meat and skewers. Also, you’d love to try Pisco, the South American brandy. It’s the best drink you can have.

Salt Yard — If you want to taste Italian and Spanish flavours, get into Salt Yard. It’s a tapas bar and its menu is divided into vegetable, meat and fish dishes. They are famous for putting emphasis to each and every dish and specifically the quality of the ingredients.

Dabbous

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This restaurant is one of the best and the most talked-about one in Fitzrovia and the menu has adventurous dishes like beef tartare with cigar oil, whiskey and rye, salad of fennel lemon balm and pickled rose petal, etc., and are beautifully presented at reasonable prices.

Places to Shop

This place is known only for its best shopping centres and the fine-dining options. If you’re a shopping freak, you’ll love this place totally. Hope into any of these shopping centres for choosing the stylish and fashionable:

Heal’s

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Known for its beautiful attractive modern decorations and hyper-modern kitchenware, Heal’s as established in the year and is one of the oldest shopping centres in town. You can find some of the best designs of home furnishings and can design your own home.

Fever London — Find some of the best vintage stylish and funky dresses that was earlier open for wholesale but now open for public. A great feature of this place is that you can see the artisans at work.

Lush

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Fitzrovia has the flagship store of Lush – the biggest and the most extravagant in the world. Here you can shop for your skin care, hair care, massage products, etc. The moment you’ll enter, you wouldn’t want to leave this place.

Known to Londoners as the hippest place in London, while you’re travelling to Fitzrovia, you have plethora of option to explore; it’s one place where the British elegance meets bohemian flair. For staying near Fitzrovia, you can check out the luxurious, ultra-modern and spacious serviced apartments by Ratedapartments.com to get a good and comfortable stay.

Popular places to eat and drink around Canary Wharf


Whether you want to relax and enjoy a quick bite to eat, a drink after work or a leisurely brunch at the weekend, you can experience the soul of Mexico in the heart of the city if you are at Canary Wharf- one of the London’s coolest neighbourhoods. The area is filled with the very best in food and drinks available around the world. With more than 300 shops, restaurants, coffee shops to fine dining-explore an extensive range of options for dining out and some of the best cocktails in town. Canary Wharf is always buzzing with new places to try and there’s something for all tastes!

Here are the few suggestions:

Tom’s Kitchen

Tom’s Kitchen

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The restaurant serves British favourites using the very best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Tom’s Kitchen opens seven days a week, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and during weekends the restaurant serves its famed brunch. Busy food lovers can opt for take away option during the day.

Opening Hours

  • Monday –Friday 7.30am-11pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10am-11pm

Sticks’n’sushi

Sticks’n’sushi

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You can indulge in some high quality and fresh combination of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill at Sticks’n’sushi restaurant. For those who are not fish lover, can try from a selection of delicious chicken, lamb, beef and vegetable skewers. All these items are grilled fresh to order. There is also a section for vegetarian dishes, salads and variety of other delicacies.

Opening Hours

  • Monday – Saturday 11.30am-11pm
  • Sunday-11.30am-10pm

Ibérica La Terraza

Ibérica La Terraza

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London’s authentic Spanish restaurant, Ibérica La Terraza is nestled in a leafy corner of Cabot Square just few walks away from Canary Wharf tube station. The restaurant opens from brunch through to the evening serving a selection of tapas. You can also try a range of cocktails and al fresco dining here. Visit this terrace restaurant to enjoy truly Spanish experience which is reflected in its contemporary design, lighting and ambience.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 11am-11pm
  • Sunday 11am-6pm

All Bar One

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A stylish city bar serving beer, wine, cocktails and sharing plates in a relaxed and cool ambience. The bar specialises in serving simple yet delicious food at affordable price and can serve you variety of wine for any occasion. All Bar One can be a good choice to spend some quality time over a drink right after work.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday –Wednesday 8am-11pm
  • Thursday-Saturday 8am-12 midnight
  • Sunday-10 am to 10.30pm

Obicà Mozzarella Bar

Obicà Mozzarella Bar

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Home of outstanding authentic Italian regional cuisine in Canary Wharf, Obicà specialises in offering freshest buffalo mozzarella from Campania and other Italian delicacies that’s true to its roots. The Bar is buzzing spot for after work lunch and drinks. Every evening drink is served with little bites of salumi and mozzarella. You can pick from classic, smoked or creamy stracciatella enjoy your meals and drink in a relaxing ambiance.

Opening Hours

  • Monday-Friday- 9.30am-10pm
  • Saturday12noon-8pm
  • Sunday- Closed

During your visit to London, make sure to explore Canary Wharf. You can get many good accommodation options in this neighbourhood for your short city in the city. Search for a comfortable Canary Wharf serviced apartment if you want to live like a local away from the touristy grid. Apart from being fully furnished, these apartments have separate kitchen, dining and lounge area.  Staying in a rented apartment will help you to get comfortable and familiar with the new city.

Reasons why a trip to the French Capital deserves to be on your bucket list


One of Europe’s most scenic and historical cities, Paris boasts of charming architectural icons, chic boutiques, fine cuisines and marvellous treasures. Truly inspirational, the city has a profound history and a rich cultural scene. Here are some of the reasons why a trip to Paris totally deserves to be on your bucket list. Go on!

World-famous attractions

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower is one of the first places to come to your mind when you think of Paris. An excellent sight to behold, the Eiffel Tower was built in the late nineteenth century and attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. The incredible piece of architecture deserves to be visited and re-visited.

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Louvre Palace

A former royal palace is situated on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris. It is in between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois.

The Louvre is one of the world’s finest art museums and is a complex of buildings erected in the city over a period of four centuries.

Louvre Palace

Besides these, Paris is home to places like Disneyland, The Musee d’Orsay, The Musee de l’Orangerie, Centre Georges Pompidou and Musee Rodin. It is a must-visit city for art enthusiasts.

Shopping Scene

There is no denying the fact that shopping in Paris has been a magnificent affair since the 19th century. Paris today offers a mix of stores, boutiques and markets selling a wide range of items.

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All the neighbourhoods (arrondissement) have its unique style. Some global chains and flagship haute couture trendy stores pack the Champs-Elysees.

Latin Quarter is packed with bookshops such as Shakespeare & Company.

Cafes and Restaurants

Paris is home to an extensive range of cafes and French restaurants. You can find hundreds of Italian restaurants, pizzerias and eateries serving food from different parts of the world. There are also several French regional restaurants serving traditional restaurants.

There are some top-class restaurants in Paris and these are mainly concentrated close to the Champs Elysees and in the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissement. You can find numerous Michelin starred restaurants here. If you want to go to relatively affordable places, there are plenty of choices. You can go to the charming streets of Latin Quarter in the 5th and 6th district and also on the Ile St. Louis.

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To enjoy the oriental cuisine, go to the Paris Chinatown, south from the Place d’Italie in the 13th arrondissement.

There are enough reasons why you should make that trip to Paris. There are all kinds of accommodation in Paris to suit individual needs and preferences. Go ahead and enjoy a trip to the beautiful city of Paris.

A Rated Guide to Valentines in London


Special Edition : Love in London

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“Like a river flows surely to the sea

Darling so it goes

some things are meant to be

take my hand, take my whole life too

for I can’t help falling in love with you

for I can’t help falling in love with you…”

Wine and Roses. Strawberries and champagne. Cosy dinner under starlit skies. Here comes February – the month of love, magic and romance.

Go ahead and plan something really special for your loved ones. Take her out and woo her like never before. Plan something unique for him that leaves him awestruck.

In case you need some inspiration, we’ve put together a few ideas of what to do and where to go for a romantic day in London.

Here you go!

The Love Bus Valentine’s Romantic Night Tour in London

Get passionate in London this Valentine’s Day with the romantic open top bus tour. Get along with your beloved and join for a wonderful journey through the city. You can see attractions like Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

You will be welcomed with a sparkling glass of champagne. Enjoy as some of the very talented musicians come with some mesmerizing love songs. Couples also get goodies such as flowers and chocolates.

A sightseeing tour with a touch of magic and romance, indeed!

The tour operates on 13, 14 and 15 February 2015

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

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The Coca-Cola London Eye Valentine’s Cruise

Take this cruise and witness London from an absolutely different perspective. Enjoy an exclusive circular sightseeing cruise on the iconic river Thames. The guides will keep giving live commentary. The attractions that are a part of this cruise include Big Ben, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

The commentary is available in Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin.

Duration: 40 minutes

Venue: The Coca-Cola London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

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City Cruises Valentine’s Day Romantic River Night Cruise

Woo your beloved by planning a perfect evening on the River Night Cruise. With spectacular sights of London, excellent food and live entertainment, there couldn’t have been a more romantic way to celebrate love. You will be welcomed with a glass of champagne. This will be followed by sumptuous meal with wine. In the meanwhile, beautiful songs will entertain you. The illuminated attractions of London along the river bank offer a striking set for a memorable evening.

Duration: 3 hours

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Romantic Package

This is a lovely experience for the love-struck. Ripley’s Believe It or Not London has crafted a wonderful Valentine’s Day package for people who prefer doing the unconventional. Enjoy a fast track entry into. On your entry, you receive a glass of juice and a box of chocolates. You can then roam around and watch more than 700 artefacts and exhibits.

Get amazed by the Ripley’s Marvellous Mirror Maze. Truly something your partner will never forget!

The Coca-Cola London Eye Cupid’s Capsule

Go spoil your dear one and experience the spectacular skyline in a private Capsule. You are accompanied by Champagne, premium chocolates and a red rose. The Coca Cola London Eye, at 135 metres offers excellent views. In the high-tech capsule with your partner, you will experience views of places like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben.

You will also be given the entry to the London 4D experience. With brilliant theatre effects, this will be a unique experience.

Venue: The London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

Wine & Dine

For those of you who want to enjoy an enchanting dinner with your loved one, London offers places that are sure to impress.

Check out what we have found for you!

Babylon

Located in Kensington, Babylon at 100ft offers a scenic skyline and a live jazz band that’s just perfect with the setting. A four-course meal here will not fail to beguile your dear one.

Aqua London

Enjoy an exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner at the famous Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto on Regent Street.

Galvin at Windows

Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton, Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows restaurant is hosting special Valentine’s meals. Need we say more?

OXO Tower

Experience the views across the river Thames while you enjoy your meal at OXO Tower Bar Brasserie and Restaurant at South Bank. With live music and fun romantic games, the place will be a perfect choice for the passionately romantic ones.

So, are you ready to go head over heels in love?

Decided on the places to visit? then bring the day to a perfect finish with stay in our romantic apartments in London

A Rated Guide to Covent Garden, London


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You can’t help being mesmerised by the exuberance and energy of Covent Garden. Adored for its culture and uninterrupted entertainment, this district on the eastern periphery of the West End is one of London’s most happening places. It is surrounded by Leicester Square and the City of London. The iconic river Thames, entertainment hub Soho and the very touristy Trafalgar Square are a few minutes away.

 Covent Garden brings to you a perfect potpourri of history, culture and entertainment. Read below to know more!

Shopping

Covent_Garden_Market_Christmas_decorationsCovent Garden is home to brands like Burberry Brit, Rugby Ralph Lauren and Opening Ceremony. It has an extensive selection of stores, from designer labels to high-street brands. You can find numerous British designers like Nicole Farhi and Ted Baker on the Floral Street.

At the heart of Covent Garden, there are numerous craft stalls and budding designer boutiques.

If you love to shop, check out Seven Dials comprising seven streets of cafes, boutiques, restaurants and independent shops. Head to Poste Mistress for just the right kind of shoes!

The Tea House here, deserves a special mention. It stocks an interesting range of teas. 

Cultural Attractions

Covent Garden is an ideal place for people who love art and Royal_Opera_House_and_ballerinatheatre. Places such as Britain’s National Portrait Gallery, New London Theatre and English National Opera are located nearby. There are numerous shows you can catch in theatres in Covent Garden. Some of the popular shows include Stomp at the Ambassadors Theatre, War Horse at The New London Theatre, The Woman in Black at Fortune Theatre, The Lion King at the Lyseum Theatre.

Wine & Dine

Dirty_Martini,_Covent_Garden,_WC2_(4500660896)From Indian meals at Dishoom and Masala to Mexican delights at Wahaca, Covent Garden is just the ideal place for food lovers. The late night drinks at Dirty Martini and The Powerhouse can’t be missed.

One can enjoy a quick pre-theatre bite at Fire and Stone or go to Spaghetti House for an Italian treat. For a fine dining experience, try London’s oldest Rules or the Michelin-starred L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon. For the typical London vibe, hit The Lamb and Flag. This is one of the oldest and most popular pubs in London.

 

Travel to Covent Garden

Centrally located, Covent Garden is very well connected to the Covent_Garden_stn_buildingrest of the city. Covent Garden Station is one of the most ideally located transport options. It sits on the Piccadilly Line of the tube. Leicester Square, Holborn and Charing Cross are other nearby tube stations and can be reached in less than 10 minutes. You can also take a bus to Trafalgar Square and then walk through the streets of this historic district. You can buy a Visitor Oyster Card and travel to places.

Accommodation

Thanks to its excellent location and buzzing life, Covent Garden has no dearth of accommodation options. Ratedapartments.com offers an excellent range of serviced apartments in Covent Garden, to suit all preferences and requirements. Some of our luxurious properties in Covent Garden, click to see:

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