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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The Lord Mayor’s Show


Introduction

The Lord Mayor’s Show has walked through as many as 799 years of London history to arrive in the current century as probably the most impressive public pageant in the world. The show is named after the Lord Mayor of the City of London, a ceremonial region in Greater London. Also known as ‘the Square Mile’, the city is London’s major financial district.

Every year, a new Lord Mayor is appointed and a parade is made of the inauguration. This definitely reflects the prominence of this office in England. The show is centred on a street parade, offering you the customary British pageantry with various modern facets. The day after swearing in, the Lord Mayor and others participate in a march from the Guildhall, via places like St Paul’s Cathedral and Mansion House, in the city of London, to the Royal Courts of Justice, where the Lord Mayor swears adherence to the crown.

History

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Dedicated to win the support of the City in his feuds, King John in 1215 permitted the Mayor of London to become one of the first elected offices. Needless to say, the Mayor was a new power. Two months later, William Hardel who was the new Mayor of London put his signature to the Magna Carta. It was a requirement of the new Charter establishing it that the newly elected Mayor travelled to the royal enclave at Westminster to present himself at the court and take an oath of loyalty and commitment to the ruler. And it began! The event is listed in the City’s Civic Calendar as ‘The Procession to the Royal Courts of Justice and Presentation of the Lord Mayor to the Chief Justices’. All these years, Lord Mayor of London has been a highly regarded position and the Mayor’s journey a spectacle. It grew so much that by the sixteenth century, this grand spectacle was known all over as the Lord Mayor’s Show. From the plays of Shakespeare to the adventures of James Bond, the show has been featured several times. In the 20th century, the Lord Mayor’s Show became the first outside event to be live. Even to this date and time, the show pulls millions of TV audience.

Today, you can witness the City’s businesses, charities, Her Majesty’s forces and Londoners from all spheres of life come together on this day to be a part of a celebration of the City’s authority and affluence.

The 2014 Show

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The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show is scheduled on Saturday, November 8. The day is packed with family activities, exhibitions and other special events.

River Pageant: 08:30

The traditional Lord Mayor’s journey was taken by barge on the iconic river Thames. The modern Lord Mayor celebrates that tradition by travelling in a splendid flotilla of boats and barges. The beautiful Tower Bridge opens in salute at 09.25.

Lord Mayor’s Procession: 11:00

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With over 7000 participants, 150 horses, hundreds of carts, carriages and coaches along with vintage cars, helicopters, penny farthings and fire engines, this definitely is a procession unlike any other. It sets off from Mansion House at 11am, takes a halt at the Royal Courts when the Lord Mayor gives his oath, and then returns up the Victoria Embankment at 1pm.

Guided Walks: 15:00

In between the procession and fireworks, one can find guide lecturers offering walking tours all around the streets of the City of London. These walks are easy and free.

Lord Mayor’s Fireworks: 17:15

The first day in office is completed by the new Lord Mayor with a glorious fireworks display over the River Thames. The launchpad floats in the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars. As the roads are closed, one can take a walk or enjoy the end of this magnificent show.

The City of London

The City of London is a ceremonial county within London and is based on the original Roman town of Londinium. The boundaries of the city have stayed constant since the Middle Ages. It is surrounded by Tower Hill, Liverpool Street. It is one of the two districts to hold the status of a city, the other being the City of Westminster. It houses some of London’s best attractions like Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. For a wide range of accommodation options in the City of London, check out RatedApartments.com and experience the most authentic spirit of the city.

London Fashion Week 2014


It’s raining fashion this September! The spectacular Somerset House yet again brings to you Britain’s chic and classy consumer fashion event. Set over five days (12th to 16th September), the London Fashion Week comes packed with catwalk shows, installations, presentations and insider knowledge from the best and brightest names in the fashion industry. Be it the established designers like Alexis Barrell, Lucy Choi London, Georgia Hardinge, Tamara Salman, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood or the fresh and emerging new generation talent, the show unquestionably redefines London’s reputation as the fashion and style capital. Organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC), the show exhibits more than 170 brands and leaves you no excuse not to be a part of this fashion fiesta.

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And while you are here, don’t miss a chance to explore the best places to see and the trendiest neighbourhoods to stay, all around the fashion soaked Somerset House. We offer you a smart guide to everything that is Londonish.

Covent Garden

Busy and bustling, Covent Garden houses the trendiest restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars. Not only this, the area also has a rich historical and cultural significance. Besides Somerset House, some of the top attractions in and around Covent Garden include London Transport Museum, National Gallery, the Royal Opera House and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church.

The area has also become an apt destination for fashionistas with stores of premium brands like Burberry Brit and Rugby Ralph Lauren. One must walk around the stores and outlets in Neal’s Yard, St Martin’s Courtyard and The Opera Quarter.

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Coming to restaurants, bars and cafes, Covent Garden is indeed a foodie’s delight. From scrumptious street food to classic cocktails, you have it all here. Some of the famous names include Wahaca, Fire and Stone, L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon, Spaghetti House St Martin’s Lane, Dirty Martini, The Porterhouse and Rules.

Covent Garden is within walking distance of the iconic river Thames. It is connected to various routes through the efficient underground tube. Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road are the closest tube stations. A perfect place to base your stay if you are here for the fashion week, Covent Garden offers a wide range of serviced apartments at some amazing prices.

City Of London

Founded in AD50, the City of London includes attractions like Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Nestled in the heart of London, it is a short walk from places like West End, South Bank, Southwark and Brick Lane. The City of London houses architectural delights like Old Bailey, Barbican Estate, Lloyd’s Building and 30 St Mary Axe. Popular attractions are Tower Bridge, Clockmaker’s Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery, Mansion House, St Paul’s Cathedral, Goldsmith’s Hall and St Dunstan in the East.

London Fashion Week September 2014

For all your shopping quests, you can hit the historic Leadenhall Market or explore the Old Spitalfields Market. Head to One New Change for high street fashion!

The City of London is an amazing place to wine and dine! Some of the premium celebrity chef restaurants include Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa to name a few. For a taste of class, dine at the chic Hawksmoor GuildHall or the beautiful Coq D’Argent.

Guests can enjoy a comfortable stay in an apartment in the city of London that meets their budgets and tastes. For all your travel needs, Liverpool Street Station is the closest underground station.

Waterloo

Part of the London Borough of Lambeth, Waterloo is a district of Central London and houses an extensive range of serviced apartments. It is connected to the north bank of the River Thames by Waterloo Bridge. Culturally, Waterloo is second to none. The place brims with museums and galleries, thereby offering you a chance to revel in the historical splendor of London.

Waterloo also houses stylish brasseries, trendy gastro-pubs and chic fine dining restaurants. The best place to enjoy food in Waterloo is the Southbank. Along the banks of the Thames, there is an array of restaurants such as Las Iguanas, Pizza Express and others. You can also head to streets like Lower Marsh and The Cut for a refreshing experience.

Temple

Located in the vicinity of Temple Church, the Temple in Central London is a distinguished centre for English law. The area comprises the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple. It includes solicitors’ offices, chambers and other authorized establishments.

Temple is bordered by the famous river Thames to the South, Strand to the north, Surrey Street to the west and Carmelite Street to the east. The magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral is located in the vicinity. The much-loved Southbank area with its bunch of restaurants, markets, galleries and theatres is also nearby. With a location like this, Temple is definitely one of the most accessible areas in London and a smart choice to base your stay in London. Temple is the closest underground station which serves the circle and District Line.

London is soaking in fashion and you have got no time to ponder! Opt for an apartment of your choice from our extensive range and be a part of this fashion blowout.

Historical Look at London Through the English Capital’s Top Attractions


There is no doubt London is still one of the centres of World History in many respects. Through its many historical sites and attractions, it is possible to see why. While there are hundreds of top historical sites in London alone, here are a couple that have been drawing visitors from around the world in droves.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was at first just another Queen’s House prior to its total transformation into a fulsome private palace for Queen Charlotte (1744–1818). The Palace has been developed over the centuries by Queens and Kings as a comfortable residence befitting a royal family. However, it was through the work of the great architect, John Nash, that Buckingham was modified into what it is today. By 1837, Queen Victoria ascended the throne and the Palace was transformed into a principal residence for the Royal Family it is famous for today.

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London Bridge

The current site where the London Bridge can be seen is a 1973 construction made of concrete and steel to form a box girder kind of bridge. However, the box girder replaced a stone arched bridge constructed in the nineteenth century to replace another old bridge created in the sixth century during the medieval times. Likewise, the medieval structure of the London Bridge was also replacing another timber bridge created by the Romans.

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Kensington Palace

Mary II of England realized her joint sovereign, William III of England, was asthmatic and Kensington Palace was bought for 20,000 pounds from Daniel Finch in 1619 to be their residence. Christopher Wren, the Surveyor of King’s Work at the time was commissioned to expand the Palace so that both the attendants and sovereigns could be accommodated. Queen Mary had the Queen’s Gallery built, including a reconstruction of the King’s Staircase.

By 1704, Queen Anne took residence of Kensington Palace and extended the work of William and Mary through Christopher Wren who had done the earlier expansions. George I in 1722 also added fresh and lavish state rooms, namely the Privy Chamber, Withdrawing Room and the Cupola Room. As the 2nd World War took its toll, Kensington Palace was also affected and it had to be rebuilt by Queen Elizabeth II before her Diamond Jubilee for 12 million pounds in 2012.

Tower of London

Officially “Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress”, the Tower of London is a historical Central London castle along the north bank of the River Thames. It was built in 1066 A.D. immediately following the Norman Conquest of England, named after the White Tower of 1078 constructed by William the Conqueror. The Tower of London hosts the Crown Jewels of the Royal Collection within the Jewel House, guarded by Beefeater or the Yeoman Warders.

Houses of Parliament

The House of Parliament is well spread upon the Middle-sex bank of the River Thames within the larger Palace of Westminster and holds the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Westminster Hall in contrast with other Palace of Westminster historical constructions is the oldest, constructed around 1097. The Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) is towards Westminster Palace’s north end and rises to a height of 96 metres or 316 feet.

London Eye

River Thames’ south bank holds the giant Ferris wheel popularly recognised as the Millennium Wheel or the London Eye. Since January 2011, the structure has been known as the EDF Energy London Eye. At a diameter of 120 meters, the 1999 creation is Europe’s highest Ferris Wheel at 135 meters.

London Eye

Fen Court’s Slavery Memorial

Around Fen Court is the first slave victims’ memorial ever built in London known as the Gilt of Cain, erected with the support of City of London in 2007. It is the design work of Lemn Sissay and Michael Visocchi.

Guildhall

Every civic government today draws its model from the Guildhall, located in the City of London. Guildhall’s history is long but the first time it was documented as Guildhall was in 1128. For hundreds of years, the building has been the city’s town hall, including maintaining the ceremonial and administrative centre of the City of London.

Wimbledon-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

It is the only location where all Wimbledon Championships occur. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club or the (AELTC) is located in the capital’s Church Road. As a private member’s club, AELTC is famous for its Grand Slam on grass and was developed on the 23rd of July in 1868, at a time when England was crazed by croquet.

V&A Museum

Apart from being the largest arts and decorative design museum of its kind around the globe, Victoria and Albert Museum is the home of permanent collections totalling 4.5 million. It was developed in 1852 and named after Prince Albert and his wife Queen Victoria. Spread across 12.5 acres, V&A Museum houses 145 galleries with 5,000 years of art collections collected from diverse cultures around the world, both contemporary and ancient art.

An apt accommodation, one that takes you closer to the spirit of the city, is essential to your experience! London certainly has no paucity of choice. The rich historic splendour and old world charm of this city drenched in history is reflected at its best in a wide range of serviced apartments offered.  London Bridge, a bustling and historic area in the heart of the city stretches from London Bridge to pass Tower Bridge on both sides of the iconic river Thames. One of the best places to base your stay in London, it houses some of the best serviced apartments. Featuring a fully furnished kitchen, lounge, terrace and even a balcony, the apartments come with all the modern comforts and conveniences. A stay in this area means you are just a short walk from trendy cafes, exciting bars and everything that exudes the unique London vibe.