Whether you want to experience the best London theatres, shops, restaurants and bars, they can all be found in and around the cobbled streets of this historic part of London’s West End. From humble lodgings to lavish establishments, here are the best hotels in and around Covent Garden.
Down the road from London’s famous Savoy Hotel and less than five minutes’ walk from the River Thames in one direction and Covent Garden in the other, the Strand Palace Hotel offers guests a fantastic location at affordable prices. While the size and simplicity of the rooms reflect the price, this hotel is ideal for anyone simply seeking a place to rest a heavy head after a long day in the capital.
This hotel, named after 18th-century model and playwright Henry Fielding, is a rare thing: an affordable lodging right in 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.
Anyone looking for somewhere a little different will find that The Hospital Club certainly ticks that box. It’s a private members’ club that attracts people from the creative industries, and with a screening room, a live performance space, and its very own award-winning TV and music studio, it’s not hard to see why. Guests can use all of the facilities, including two arty, lively bars, and restaurants situated across multiple floors, before retreating to the sanctuary of the rooms and suites, some of which even come with their own private terrace and cocktail trolley service.
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 quality with contemporary tastes, giving each room its own unique feel, and its bar is a good spot for post-shopping and sightseeing cocktails.
Situated between Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Charing Cross tube stations, St Martins Lane (part of the swish Morgans hotel group) is ideal for anyone who wants to be as close to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery as London’s buzzing theatre district. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring plenty of daylight flooding into the rooms, giving a fresh feel and making them the perfect place to start the day right. Destination dining can even be found without leaving the hotel at the Asia de Cuba restaurant.
Stylish, sophisticated and seriously plush, One Aldwych can be found where Aldwych meets the Strand, less than five minutes’ walk from the River Thames and Covent Garden. Operating under its current name since 1998, the hotel originally opened in 1907 and was designed by the architects responsible for The Ritz hotels in London and Paris. Rooms are furnished with neutral colours that create a relaxed, cosy ambiance, perfect for guests hoping to chill out after a busy day exploring the capital. One Aldwych offers a five-star boutique experience, so expect prices to match.
Combining traditional furnishing with modern inspiration, the Firmdale-owned Covent Garden Hotel is great for intergenerational groups looking for somewhere with a luxury offering in the heart of the action. Sitting on Monmouth Street, between Shaftesbury Avenue and Seven Dials, this hotel places guests roughly a five-minute walk from Chinatown in London’s famous Soho entertainment district. But you don’t have to go that far in search of London’s best eating and drinking options: Monmouth Coffee is practically opposite, and Homeslice and Barbary serve up incredible pizza and Berber-style plates in the pretty surroundings of nearby Neal’s Yard.
Stretched across two traditional townhouses on Henrietta Street, Henrietta Hotel gives guests an authentic London experience complete with elegant modern décor. 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.
Opened in 1889, The Savoy has been at the forefront of London’s hospitality scene ever since. 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 Savoy will find Covent Garden and the River Thames within a five-minute walk of the hotel, while Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square are less than 10 minutes away.