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Night Out in Covent Garden - Eat, Drink and be Merry - Venue Overview

Updated: Dec 25, 2022

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a vibrant destination for anyone who enjoys shopping, theatre, restaurants, bars, history and culture. This eat, drink and be merry Photorun explores all it has to offer.

This short 'Concierge styled' overview video is designed to give you a flavour of the area, whilst the rest of this blog is focused on providing you with guidance and a 'tasting menu'.

Eat, drink and be Merry Maps of Covent Garden

Restaurant Search

Pubs and Bar Listings

Things To Do Listings

Eat, Drink and be Merry Theme Suggestions

Food Links

Nothing brings people together like good food, so where do you go in this part of London that will cater to your taste and pocket and provide the ambience you want?

The art of finding and recommending the perfect place to eat can be tricky as there is so much variety in London, and tastes and budgets vary widely. To try and get around this, I have provided the most common links to help you find, select and book eating venues – just add the location into the search.

Open Table London – They pride themselves in bringing together people and the restaurants they love in the moments that matter, giving you dining options, experiences, and offers.

The Fork – This is a Tripadvisor company that relies as much on its communities of users as its communities of restaurateurs. You can search on price, cuisine, rating, and special offers.

Hardens – This is probably the UK's most comprehensive independent restaurant guide, with reviews written by its members. It ranks each place by its food, services and ambience and has extensive search capabilities.

Design My Night This site is designed to help you discover and unlock secret, new and unique city experiences, from events to bars and restaurants, but it is also a site to help plan and book online. It has categories for restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, and 'what's on'.

Afternoon tea This is an Afternoon Tea guide to help you find the 'perfect venue for afternoon tea' in London and the UK. It provides descriptions, offers, booking facilities and an extensive search option.


Drinking Locations

Special Google Maps

Covent Garden Google Maps link with a selection of pubs, bars and entertainment venues.

This link has adverts.


The Nags head - 10 JamesStreet

The White Lion – 24 James Street

Punch and Judy 40 The Market

The Marquess of Anglesey – 39 Bow Street

Bow Street Tavern 37 Bow Street

Coach and Horses 42 Wellington street

Nell of Old Drury – 29 Catherine Street opposite Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The Wellington 351 Strand – at the bottom of Wellington Street

The Lyceum tavern – 354 Strand (Sam Smith pub)

The Savoy Tap – 2 Savoy Street - Shepherd Neame - Live bands and music

The Coal Hole 91-92 Strand

The Nell Gwynne Tavern – -2 Bull Inn Court - tucked away down an alley off the Stand.

The Maple Leaf - 41 Maiden Lane – Canadian-themed pub

The Porterhouse – 21-22 Maiden Lane – large Pub – many floors – craft Irish beers

The Round House 1 Garrick Street - Fullers

The Lamb and Flag - 33 Rose Street, (off Garrick Street)

The Long Acre 1 Upper St Martin's Lane

The Porcupine 48 Charing Cross Road

Mr Fogg's Tavern – 55 St Martins Lane

Roundtable – 26 St Martin's Court

The White Swan - 14 New Row

The Salisbury 90 St Martin's Lane

The Chandos -29 St Martin's lane – Sam Smith

The Harp – 47 Chandos Place – Award-winning Fullers pub

The Marquis 51 -52 Chandos Street – By the narrowest alleyway and the Police Station

The Lemon Tree. 4 Bedfordbury – Pub with Thai Cuisine

The Bear and Staff – 10-12 Bear Street

Brewmaster – 37 Cranbourn St

The Moon Under Water – 28 Leicester Square


Cache Cache 5 The Piazza, London WC2E 8RA. – Cocktails with food

The Wine Place – unit 33 the Market Building Covent Garden Piazza

Dirty Martini 1/12 Russell Street, Covent Garden,

Paul Hamlyn Hall – Royal Opera house Bow Street

Side Hustle – Set in the old police station – Nomad Hotel – Bow Street – casual dining & drinks

Be at One 24-26 Russell Street

Plume Wine bar 26 Wellington St – Charles Dickens used to live and work here.

Lobby Bar – One Aldwych (Hotel) – Posh Lobby Bar

The Good Godfrey's and The Wild Monkey – Waldorf Hotel - - The Aldwych

Radio Rooftop – M Hotel – The Aldwych – All-day dining and late-night drinking

Pennethorne's Bar – New Wing Somerset House

Oche – The Strand 105 Strand – Darts Bar – and other games

The American Bar – Savoy Hotel Strand – Oldest cocktail bar

The Beaufort Bar - The Savoy Hotel

The Bar Simpson in the Strand 100 the Strand – also part of The Savoy

Gin Palace – Stand Palace Hotel

Eve Bar Covent Garden – 34 Southampton St – underneath Adam Hardings Restaurant

Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration 1a Bedford Street – just off the Strand

Stereo Covent Garden 35 The Piazza – opening Dec 22 Music and cocktails

Moto - Japanese Sake Bar, Shop & Eatery 7 Maiden Lane authentic Japanese drinking culture

Upstairs at Rules 34 Maiden Lane

Lady of the Grapes 16 Maiden Lane – Organic wine bar and restaurant - French

All Bar One - 19 Henrietta Street

The Alchemist St Martin'sFogg's Lane 63-66 St Martin's Lane – Cocktails with Alchemy

The Blind Spot London – St Martin's Lane Hotel – Modern-day Speakeasy - Cocktails with a country theme

Tequila Mockingbird Covent Garden 42 William IV Street Tequila and tunes


Things to do

To Do

London Transport Museum.

Museum of Freemasonry 60 Great Queen Street

Royal Opera House – Bow Street – Ballet and Opera

Bow Street Police Museum – Bow Street

The Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition - 45 Wellington Street

The Courtauld Gallery – Somerset House

Somerset House – Strand – Neoclassical Riverside palace


Jubilee Market – 1 Tavistock Street

The Apple Market 21 Market Building


Fortune Theatre – Russel Street

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Catherine Street

Gillian Lynne Theatre 166 Drury Lane

Aldwych Theatre 49 Aldwych

Novello Theatre Aldwych

Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street

Lyceum Theatre 21 Wellington street

Savoy Theatre – Savoy Court Strand

Vaudeville Theatre 404 Strand

The Adelphi Theatre Strand

London Coliseum – St Martin's Lane

Duke of York's Theatre St Martins Lane

Noel Coward Theatre 85-88 St Martin's Lane

Garrick Theatre 2 Charing Cross Road

Wyndham Theatre – Charing Cross Road by Leicester Square


St Paul's Church – Piazza – Actors church

St Mary Le Strand Church – Strand

Corpus Christi Catholic Church – 1-5 Maiden Lane

Crown Court Church – Russel Street – Church of Scotland - Presbyterian

St Martin-in-the-Fields – Trafalgar Square


London Eat Drink and Be Merry Themes

Hello good times neon sign
Hello good times neon sign
The British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal once said:
"To me, food is as much about the occasion, the location and the company as it is about the taste."

And since Photoruns is about exploring new things, you could also be adventurous and try new ways to discover menu items that are outside your comfort zone but will grow your palate.

So here are a few Photorun 'occasion' ideas that may help your 'eat, drink and be merry' London quest. Please let me know which one you like or if you have better ones.

Breakfast Lotto

When you do a photorun, seek out some breakfast locations and number them. Then select one at random and try it out. You can even do this with items on the breakfast menu and let chance dictate your selection - or some of them.

Foodie Vows

This is based on the victorian rhyme that symbolises luck for a bride on her wedding day, but in this version, it is to do with food and drink. You can do this for a whole meal or at a location or venue.

  • Something Old – have the food and drink that you know you will like.

  • Something New – try something that is new to you and that you want to try

  • Something Borrower – taste or drink something you have been recommended to try

  • Something Blue - Select something spontaneously - out of the blue. It's best to have a trigger for spontaneity, like a specific colour.

Tipple Tours

There are so many pubs and bars in London that you can easily create your tour based upon your favourite tipple, for example, a Negroni, Whisky or Guinness tour. The aim is to select a drink type, investigate the venues, and then have your favourite tipple in each of them. An alternative is to try out the different variations in just one venue!

Around the World in 8 Hours.

Phileas Fogg is the protagonist in the 1872 Jules Verne novel "Around the World in Eighty Days", where he visited eleven nations to complete his adventure. The aim is to map an 'around the world' route and have something to eat or drink that comes (or is connected to) each of your destinations - in the proper order. Top marks if you match Phileas Fogg's eleven places.

Letters from London

The objective is to choose a letter, word or name and visit venues with the letter(s) in the correct order. Alternatively, you can select based on your menu and drink choices.

Horses for courses

As the name suggests, this is about discovering the best place for each course for your perfect meal - which could be three courses or more if you include the drinks before, during and after.

Groundhog Food Tours

This is a take on the film Groundhog Day, but this time it is about having your favourite menu item each day at different venues, so you can compare and contrast the same dish and then rank them.


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