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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58th London Film Festival


As the largest and grandest international showcase of cinematic art is here, get ready to be blown away by a spectacular hurricane of ingenuity and imagination. Bringing the best cinema to the United Kingdom, the London Film Festival screens as many as 300 features, shorts and documentaries from nearly 50 countries. The festival showcases the finest contemporary transnational cinema from the reputable as well as emerging film-makers. Presently in its 58th year, the festival runs under the aegis of British Film Institute and combines artistic power with red carpet glamour in a stupendous manner.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the most beautiful films you need to see at the upcoming festival running from October 8, 2014 to October 19, 2014.

The Imitation Game

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Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game opens this year’s festival. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, this challenging and influential film is a biopic of the renowned codebreaker Alan Turing. A disturbed mathematical genius, he was the man who was essential in cracking the code used by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Opens in cinemas on November 14, 2014.

Fury

Directed by David Ayer, here’s a roaring World War II action flick. The film stars the terrific Brad Pitt as a tank commander on a deadly mission and does seem to be a hard-hitting drama. In cinemas from October 24, 2014.

Official release date is October 24, Friday.

Whiplash

Starring Miles Teller and JK Simmons, this thunderous semibiographical drama focusses on Andrew, the young drummer who is the under the guidance of Terence Fletcher. Directed by Damien Chazelle, this one is a big hit on the festival circuit. Official release date is January 16, 2015.

Foxcatcher

Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher is a psychological thriller starring Channing Tatum and Steve Carell. The film recounts the disturbing true events surrounding Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz, his brother Dave and their terrible relationship with John du Pont. Official release date is January 9, 2015.

Mr. Turner

The film, directed by Mike Leigh, tells the tale of JMW Turner, a grouchy art icon whose excellent work redefined British painting. The stormy final years of his life, as imagined by Mike, have been showcased in this film. Watch out for the breathtaking cinematography and outstanding performances. Starring Dorothy Atkinson, Timothy Spall and Paul Jesson. Official release date October 31, 2014.

Men, women and Children

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Directed by Jason Reitman, the film offers an unconventional spin on the social media age. It brilliantly digs into the lives of teenagers and their parents in a world where status updates on Facebook mean a lot and are sometimes considered more important than verbal communication. Starring AnselElgort, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. Opens in cinemas on October 24, 2014.

Leviathan

Directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev, this powerful drama provides an insight into the Russian psyche. Set in Kola Peninsula in Russia, Leviathan discovers the conflict between the fraudulent local regimen and one man. Starring EkebaLyadova and Alexey Serabryakov, it throws light on the small-town problems together with those of the larger world.

The festival screenings are taking place at numerous venues across London such as British Film Institute, Curzon Chelsea, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vue Islington, Vue West End, Rich Mix, Empire Leicester Square, Hackney Picture house and CinéLumiére to name a few. With the immense popularity of the London Film Festival and people coming in from almost all parts of the world, accommodation can be a major problem. After all, who wouldn’t want to stay close to these venues? Ratedapartments bring to you an extensive selection of serviced apartments in Soho, Piccadilly, Covent Garden, West End and South Bank. Simply pick the place of your taste and bask in the glory of cinema.

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.