Exploring Covent GardenFriday 19 June 2015 by Davide Caschili We take a walk around Covent Garden and choose our favourite places to eat in the area, as well as looking at some of our SACO properties nearby.
Initially a small open-air fruit and vegetable market, Covent Garden expanded to the covered market we know today in 1830, before shedding its fruity past to become the shopping and tourist hub that it is nowadays.
Covent Garden and the surrounding areas are regarded as one of the main shopping destinations in London, with small independent shops and boutiques lining the streets around the area and both Oxford and Regent Streets reachable in no more than 10 minutes by foot.
There's always plenty to do in the area and of course, the area is also home to countless places to eat, so any preference will be catered for! There are a few that the SACO team thinks are particularly worth a visit.
The Lamb and Flag is right in the centre of the action and was one of Charles Dickens’ locals, he was apparently known to “pen the odd tale” there, so certainly worth visiting for any history or literature fans out there.
Waxy O’Connor’s is another great pub, serving up a great range of ales and ciders. The atmosphere is lovely, and the décor slightly unusual – wood panelled to give it the “inside of a tree” theme.
Thai Pot also comes highly recommended as the best and friendliest Thai food in London! If Thai isn’t quite your thing, Rossopomodoro serves up delicious wood-fired pizzas made with love by a Neapolitan family. Divine!
So that’s a little about the area, but what about where to stay? Well, we have two properties in the neighbourhood…
SACO Covent Garden - St Martins offers a range of one and three bedroom apartments, some of which have beautiful balconies. The nearby courtyard comes to life in the evenings with live music and entertainment especially during public holidays and during the summer months.
St Martins has been home to a number of famous people whilst they’ve been in London, including Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, some of the cast of Shakespeare in Love and countless Opera singers from the Opera House!
SACO Covent Garden - Arne Street is slightly smaller, with only five apartments, but the spectacular penthouse has a fabulous terrace and is worth a mention!
Our Arne Street apartments used to be the storage area for the fruit when Covent Garden was still a fruit market, so many of the features in the apartments hark back to those days. The loft-style character is unique and totally different to any other SACO location.
Both of these properties are self check-in for independent living and perfectly situated for exploring the rest of London.