A locals' guide to WC2
"The National Gallery showcases the world's most regarded artists in the heart of London."Alex Fleet
"Restaurants and charming shops sit in and around Convent Garden's former market place."Alex Fleet
"The Mall is an iconic landmark framing views of the country's most well known building, Buckingham Palace."James Blackler
Where do WC2 locals go?
One of world renowned chef Raymond Blanc's chain restaurants with delightful views over Covent Garden. Ideal for after work drinks or reasonably priced, freshly prepared meals.
Submitted by Daisy
Royal Opera House
My favourite place in all of London, the Royal Opera House stages world class performances. Although top seats are pricey, you can get cheap tickets from £5 if you're happy to be further back.
Submitted by Rachel
A cute bakery with an even cuter afternoon tea! Different from the traditional sandwiches and cakes that you would expect...
Submitted by Daisy
One of the best kept secrets in London apparently. The TKTS booth sits in the middle of Leicester Square and is the official ticket reseller for all of London's West End shows. Left over seats are passed to TKTS a few days before each show and sold at a phenomenal discount - sometimes more than half price!
Submitted by Kayleigh
A traditional pub over a whopping 12 levels with a cosy atmosphere and two cocktails for £10 during happy hour! It's also a great place for watching sports...
Submitted by Daisy
If you really want to taste Indian food, then this is the place to go. They offer chai (tea) in a little cup. The atmosphere at this place is amazing - it feels just like Bombay!
Submitted by Sunny
The afternoon tea at One Aldwych is a magical experience. Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the steaming cocktail is just one of the culinary spectacles!
Submitted by Hayley
A restaurant, bar and club all in one, so you can spend all night here! It's a great place for large groups who want to catch up over dinner without having to move on to somewhere else later in the night.
Submitted by Daisy
The Hoxton Holborn
There is nothing better than The Hoxton's full English breakfast and a latte from Holborn Grind - these places are next to each other too.
Submitted by Petras
Fusion food at its best. Using seasonal ingredients, the menu always has delicious offerings and the cocktails are some of the tastiest in London!
Submitted by Daisy
The coolest coffee shop and cocktail bar in town! It's just a stones throw from Holborn Underground Station and serves proper coffee.
Submitted by Stuart
Radio Rooftop Bar
The best cocktails and great panoramic views of London - it's the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks, a romantic date and for those looking to celebrate in style.
Submitted by Amanda
Kastner and Ovens
The best lunch stop in Covent Garden bar none. They have a daily changing menu of healthy salads and dishes to take away.
Submitted by Olimpia
Why do you find WC2 a great place to live?
"You can never get bored in Covent Garden. There is something for everyone - museums, retail therapy, fantastic restaurants and a wonderful selection of theatres. Not forgetting to mention the buzzing atmosphere, no matter what time you're there. "
What do you like about WC2?
Did you know?
"The soil underneath George Washington's statue in Trafalgar Square was imported from America, as he once said he would "never set foot on English sold again!""
Child-friendly activities near WC2
Magic Carpet Storytelling Sundayshome in Bloomsbury, Central London or I can travel within London
Let your under 5s be entertained and informed about different paintings at the National Gallery every Sunday in their Magic Carpet Storytelling workshops. A great way for them to learn and have fun!
Seven Dial Under 5s Stay & PlayCovent Garden Community Centre
Large private room, toys provided. Coffee and tea at £1.50 with unlimited refills. (Large selection of food and drink available to buy at the bar - reasonably priced) Website
Busy Bumblebees Group (Montessori themed)St Giles in the Fields Church hall
Our Montessori themed activities help children develop movement, co-ordination, language and independence. Sessions include free-play, singing, music-making, movement games, social opportunities and arts and crafts, and a mini Forest type activity sessions introduction. Website
Yoga Therapy London - Ante Natal Yoga HolbornDragons Hall - Holborn & Covent Garden
Yoga Therapy has been used in India for thousands of years to help heal many illnesses and physical injuries. It uses a combination of yoga practices to help restore the body and emotions to full health when illness is present. It is much more specialist than yoga with all sessions tailored to a specific ailment or injury. Yoga Therapy assists the systems of the body to function as efficiently, effectively and naturally as possible. The aim is not simply to help heal the specific symptoms but to target the cause and therefore help to stop the ailment or injury reoccurring. Much medical research is now available showing that Yoga Therapy is very effective in treating many conditions. Yoga Therapy is complimentary to western medicine and should not be viewed as a substitute for a medical diagnosis or the services of a physician. Yoga Therapy can be practised in conjunction with medical treatments being received and also in tandem with other complementary therapies. Website
Seven Dials Under 5s Stay and PlayCovent Garden Community Centre/ Seven Dials Club
Organised by local parents. In the Mercer Room at Covent Garden Community Centre. Large private room, toys provided Website
Mum and BabyYoga - Pregnancy YogaDragons Hall - Holborn & Covent Garden
Pregnancy is one of the most amazing experiences of a woman's life and yoga has long been recognised, by doctors and midwives to be one of the most effective means of easing birth. By working and connecting the body, mind, and spirit, yoga can help a mother feel comfortable, relaxed and fit during pregnancy, support the health of her growing child and ease delivery and labour pains. Pregnancy yoga has many benefits. On a physical level the specially adapted yoga postures will help strengthen tone and create flexibility in the body. The sessions will boast vitality, reduce stress and help relieve common pregnancy ailments such as back ache and fluid retention. The breathing exercises relax the nervous system and bring increased oxygen to the body and therefore the baby. They are very useful to use during labour to help deal with the contractions. Website
Mini Mozart- Babies and Toddlers Concert and ClassSt-Martin-in-the-Fields
Although you are welcome to book your baby into his/her older sibling's class, if like us, you were crazy enough to have two kids close together, we have another option for you. At some venues we offer a specific mixed Babies & Toddlers class where babies enjoy the class with their adults and the older sibling interacts with the teacher. (0 - 4 yrs) Packed with piano & percussion, bursting with Bach & bubbles, and flush with fairy tales and flutes. Website
The WC2 postcode district in Central London is roughly bounded by Chancery Lane and Essex Street to the east, High Holborn and New Oxford Street to the north (the boundary with WC1), Wardour Street and Witcomb Street to the west and Northumberland Avenue and the River Thames to the south. It includes Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and the Aldwych. It corresponds roughly to the former district of Strand. It is mostly within the City of Westminster with the northern section in the London Borough of Camden and some small areas in the east in the City of London. It includes Somerset House, colleges of the University of London, and the National Portrait Gallery.
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