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Said

Said

The most dreamy place for a late night hot chocolate...

Busaba Ethai

Busaba Ethai

This is the perfect place for a quick and tasty dinner with friends in central London. The pad thai is so tasty and they even have an app that you can save money with.

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims

As well as an intimate, homely atmosphere, the pizzas are delicious and very very affordable, starting at only £5!

Gosh! Comics

Gosh! Comics

A wealth of graphic novels from a wide variety of genres.

My Old Dutch

My Old Dutch

The best place for pancakes on Shrove Tuesday - or any day of the year for that matter!

Dishoom

Dishoom

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!

Neal's Yard

Neal's Yard

Bohemian cafes and shops with a relaxed vibe - the brightly painted frontages add to the quirky nature of this delightful central back street.

STK

STK

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.

The Crobar

The Crobar

Happy hour 4-9pm every day, which makes this place super cheap and cheerful for central London!

East Street

East Street

Quick and tasty Pan Asian food just off Oxford Street.

Porterhouse

Porterhouse

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...

St James's Square

St James's Square

Beautifully maintained, this garden square is a real retreat from the hustle and bustle of central London - it's amazing how quiet it is!

The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel

World famous Omelette Arnold Bennett!

Antidote

Antidote

This lovely restaurant and wine bar is hidden away just off Regent Street. You'll find a cosy wine bar downstairs complete with a terrace and a fantastic restaurant upstairs, which serves impressive food.

B Bakery

B Bakery

A cute bakery with an even cuter afternoon tea! Different from the traditional sandwiches and cakes that you would expect...

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Holborn, Soho, West End, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia, Southwark, Mayfair, Euston, Clerkenwell and Westminster

"The Carlisle Arms, Soho is the site of London's only death caused by choking on a billiard ball. In 1893, Walter Cowle boasted that he could fit the whole ball in his mouth, but unfortunately for him, it got stuck..."

The National Gallery showcases the world's most regarded artists in the heart of London.

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Walk or take a bus ride along the Strand to soak in London's vibe...

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Restaurants and charming shops sit in and around Convent Garden's former market place.

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  1. 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.

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Child-friendly activities near Covent Garden

Rhyme Time

Charing Cross Library
What a hidden gem this rhyme time is ... and it is going to get better. Robin Martin brings her wonderful voice and entertainment talents to the Charing Cross rhyme time in addition to the Wednesday session at the Mayfair library. Robin definitely adds West End panache to the Under Fives library sessions. Under 5's 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

Magic Carpet Storytelling Sundays

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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!

Yoga Therapy London - Ante Natal Yoga Holborn

Dragons 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 Dial Under 5s Stay & Play

Covent 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

Oasis Sports Center


The central Oasis Sports Centre includes not one but two swimming pools - one indoor and one outdoor, both heated. Often the outdoor pool is popular with recreational swimmers and can be more over-crowded than the indoor pool even during the winter months. £3.75 (Outdoor swim) Website

Mini Mozart- Babies and Toddlers Concert and Class

St-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

About Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a district in London, England, located on the eastern fringes of the West End, between St. Martin's Lane and Drury Lane. The area is mainly associated with the former fruit and vegetable market located in the central square which is now a popular shopping and tourist site, and the Royal Opera House, which is also known as "Covent Garden". The area is divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre; north of which is mainly given over to independent shops centred on Neal's Yard and Seven Dials, while the south contains the central square with its street performers, and most of the elegant buildings, theatres and entertainment facilities, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Transport Museum.

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