Covent Garden, the pedestrian-friendly heart of London known for its restaurants, shopping and culture, has reopened. More than 35 restaurants are offering an additional 500 new outdoor seats. There is also a six-week street food festival, new pop-up bars in the piazza, a 3-metre high 'Hello London' welcome message and a new outdoor picnic area in the botanical gardens.
Famed for its food and drink offering, Covent Garden is set to unveil a new open-air concept that will expand the outdoor offering to over 800 seats in more than 35 restaurants. The scheme will span seven streets as well as the historic piazza, offering visitors weatherproof drinking and dining options - with heaters, lighting, large parasols and windbreaks.
Included are restaurants Frenchie, The Oystermen, Cora Pearl, Flat Iron, Ladurée, Da Henrietta, Avo Bar, Mariage Freres and Din Tai Fung. Also open are the hidden courtyard oases of La Goccia and the terrace of Sushisamba. A number of streets in the area will also be pedestrianised, including Henrietta Street, Floral Street, Maiden Lane and Southampton Street, joining the existing pedestrianised Piazza, King Street and James Street.
Until 16 May, diners can enjoy a six-week street food festival by Feast It, which will feature different street food pop-ups each week. From Monday to Sunday, pop-ups such as British Street Food Award winners Utter Waffle, Bubble Bros, The Barrow, Milktree Gelato, The Smoky Gaucho and Hermanos Tacos House will open their doors in Covent Garden's Piazza each week. The Little Orange Van, Beetle Juice and Kuka Coffee will also be serving cocktails and drinks.
In addition to the selection of outdoor restaurants, there will be a number of new Piazza outdoor pop-ups. The first of these is Tanqueray Terrace in partnership with Dirty Martini, which will offer a limited edition of five cocktails and a range of classic Fevertree Gin & Tonics from 13 April to 3 May. Alongside this, Covent Garden has opened a new botanical garden in the East Piazza, providing additional seating for visitors.