Experience the best of London’s theatres, shops, restaurants and bars from the cobbled streets of this historic part of London’s West End. From low-key lodgings to lavish establishments, here are the best hotels in and around Covent Garden.
Beyond all the daytime bustle of Covent Garden there are beautiful buildings, cute boutiques and hidden alleyways full of surprises. And when you consider the close proximity of the theatre district, there really is much to be said for staying at the heart of this thriving area. While often crowded, there’s something uniquely compelling and “quintessentially London” about it – and these hotels ensure you’re never far from the action.
This hotel, named after 18th-century novelist and playwright Henry Fielding, is a rare thing: an affordable lodging right at the heart of London’s theatreland. Glowing Victorian lamps illuminate Broad Court, the little lane opposite the Royal Opera House, where the Fielding Hotel can be found. It may lack the wow factor of other hotels on this list but the price and location make up for it.
Located on the iconic corner where Mercer Street and Monmouth Street converge at Seven Dials, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street is less than a five-minute walk from Soho and is close to many amazing shops and restaurants; head to nearby Neal’s Yard for one of the loveliest spots in central London. It reconciles traditional hotel standards with contemporary taste, giving each room its own unique feel, and its bar is a good spot for post-shopping and sightseeing cocktails.
This place takes the concept of a hotel gym one step further, offering guests complimentary access to Gymbox – one of the UK’s leading gym chains, located right next-door. When you’re not working out, London’s prime entertainment district makes for a welcome distraction – Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus are all around the corner. Inside the hotel, floor-to-ceiling windows bring plenty of daylight flooding into the rooms, providing a fresh feel and the perfect start to the day. Before you hit the sack, be sure to finish the night with a libation at the hotel’s secret bar hidden behind a tea counter.
Stylish, sophisticated and seriously plush, the newly refurbished One Aldwych can be found where Aldwych meets the Strand, less than a five-minute walk from the River Thames and Covent Garden. Operating under its current name since 1998, the hotel was built in 1907 and designed by the architects responsible for The Ritz hotels in London and Paris. Its elegant rooms are finished with neutral colours that create a warm and relaxed ambiance – perfect for guests looking for an oasis of calm within the capital. Retreat to the health club to blow off some steam in the gym or take a relaxing dip in the indoor pool with soothing underwater music (yes, underwater music).
If staying in a high-end London townhouse is the dream, then this hotel might well be the reality. Coming in through the main entrance feels like stepping into the pages of Architectural Digest – no doubt the sort of effect interior designer and co-owner Kit Kemp had in mind when she decked the place out in her signature style of contrasting textiles, curious patterns and distinctive headboards. There’s also a screening room where film events are regularly held – in 2020 they’re hosting a series of Winemaker Dinners alongside a number of other hands-on events. In a prime position on Monmouth Street, between Shaftesbury Avenue and Seven Dials, this hotel puts you within five minutes of London’s famous Soho entertainment district.
Set across two traditional townhouses on Henrietta Street, Henrietta Hotel gives guests an authentic London experience complete with elegant, modern decor. This place is great for literary buffs as one of the townhouses formerly held the offices of Victor Gollancz Ltd, publisher of acclaimed authors including George Orwell, AJ Cronin and Daphne du Maurier.
The Savoy has been at the forefront of London’s hospitality scene ever since it opened its doors in 1889. Showcasing effortless elegance accompanied by splendid service, this world-renowned hotel has attracted everyone from celebrities and dignitaries to the global super-rich. Guests who can bring themselves to leave the hotel will find Covent Garden and the River Thames within a five-minute walk, while Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square are less than 10 minutes away.
Z Hotels offer modern rooms with all the necessary comforts and facilities at a fraction of the price. They are compact, but make space for big comfy beds, an ensuite bathroom and a smart TV. There’s even a family room with a set of bunk beds. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, the hotel places you in the centre of the thriving West End, with an ample selection of museums and theatres right on your doorstep. You’re also a short stroll from Dishoom – one of London’s best-loved Indian restaurants (the chicken berry britannia, which takes inspiration from an Iranian recipe, is a must-try) – and a stone’s throw from the National Portrait Gallery.
Designed by the architectural design firm Foster + Partners, this hotel is so contemporary in style it almost feels futuristic. Each ultramodern space is kitted out with metal surfaces, bachelor pad-style furniture and mood lighting. Stepping inside the lobby, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve mistakenly made your way into a spaceship. Rooms stick to this slick vibe with extra elements of comfort: enormous plush beds, views over the city and luxurious bathrooms all finished with the same monochrome style. When you’re ready to explore outside of your room, head to Radio Rooftop bar and restaurant – occupying the top floor of the hotel, the terrace has unparalleled views over the West End.