Insider's Guide To... Covent Garden, London
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We’re feeling quite at home here in 17 Floral Street, our new temporary home for August. Located in bustling Covent Garden means we’re discovering more new and interesting places that central London has to offer.
Champagne and Fromage – this place is exactly as it sounds! They have over 25 award-winning Champagnes to offer and a delicious selection of soft and hard French cheeses. The bistro is beautifully rustic with it’s folding chairs, wooden tables and charming display units. They host fabulous champagne tastings including a champagne and chocolate tasting! If you enjoy champagne and French food it’s not one to be missed.
The great thing about Covent Garden and London in general is that there’s every type of cusine available within a couple of feet of each other. In Covent garden plaza there’s everything from French, Italian, American, English and Mexican style food. My most recent discovery is a small Spanish paella stand called Hola Paella. The stand consists of not much more than two huge traditional paella hot plates and a drinks stand. The paella is delicious and is a truly rustic dish, and in all this glorious weather we’re having it’s a brilliant meal washed down with a glass (or two) of their traditional sangria!
Covent Garden traditionally always used to be a market place and although the old market square has been developed into gorgeous retail stores the traditional markets do still take place. Every Thursday Covent Garden hosts a fantastic food market, with all food sorts from gourmet hot dogs, artisan bakeries and locally sourced farmers market stalls. So whether you’re looking for a take-away lunch or food to stock your fridge, the Covent Garden food market is definitely worth a visit.