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Covent Garden Has Turned Into A Giant Outdoor Dining Hub

By Julie Freeman

A Covent Garden Outdoor dining hub is opening on April 12

Covent Garden has added 800 covers to a new outdoor dining area spanning seven streets.

The announcement of new outdoor dining areas popping up in and around London had us desperately waiting for April 12, when restaurants and bars finally reopened to serve the public in the open air. Parts of the West End and Kensington and Chelsea are now covered in outdoor seating, and Covent Garden, along with seven surrounding streets, has joined the party with no less than 800 seats to accommodate diners and drinkers.

Covent Garden outdoor dining
Photo: Brenden Bell

Covent Garden has unveiled a massive new unified outdoor dining scheme including 35 local restaurants, and has set up extensive seating areas complete with parasols, heaters, lighting and wind blocking screens. Visitors are now able to stroll through Henrietta Street, Floral Street, Maiden Lane, and Southampton Street, in addition to the already pedestrianised Piazza, King Street, and James Street. Those who frequented the area before the pandemic will be happy to see some of their favourite Covent Garden restaurants once again serving food and drinks outside. Among them are SUSHISAMBA, Ladurée, Mariage Freres, Avobar, Da Henrietta, and Din Tai Fung, to name only a few.

If all of that wasn’t already exciting enough, the East Piazza has been transformed into a verdant outdoor picnic and garden dining area covered in 1,000 plants.

An outdoor picnic and garden dining area will be opening in Covent Garden's East Piazza

But wait… there’s more. From now until May 16, there will also be a four-day street food fest taking place every Thursday to Sunday, featuring different pop-up restaurants and food trucks offering everything from waffles to gelato and tacos.

A food truck in Covent Garden
Photo: Brenden Bell

It’s a good thing most of the outdoor spaces are weatherproof, because rain or shine, it looks like we’ll be spending our days munching through Covent Garden this spring.

For more outdoor dining fun, check out this street food and culture hub in the heart of London Bridge.