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Exploring the hidden foodie gems of Covent Garden

It’s no secret that we love Covent Garden. The neighbourhood’s vibrancy and diversity has an alluring charm that has held our team captivated since we first set foot here. So much so that we couldn’t think of a better place to put down our own roots and base our office from.

The area is incredibly popular with tourists and locals alike, with so much to see and do. There is far more to the neighbourhood than shopping and theatres though; it is a foodie’s paradise. To help you live and eat like a local, here’s an insider’s guide from our team to the best kept foodie secrets of Covent Garden.

Seven Dials Market

We’re huge fans of this recently opened market! Combining fresh local produce and a plethora of street food traders in one amazing historic building. Did someone say cheese conveyor belt? Pick & Cheese did… and we love it! A special shout out to Club Mexicana for their super yummy vegan tacos.

Photo: @sevendialsmkt


Neals Yard

A spectacular clash of colours that feels a million miles away from its surrounds. The enclave is a thriving community of businesses committed to sustainability and ethical practices. Let a sommelier at Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels find your perfect wine before heading to St John Bakery for an Instagram famous doughnut.

Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels @cvslondon

St John Bakery @st.john.restaurant

Clos Maggiore

Voted the world’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore serves up some of London’s best French cuisine. Dine in the fairy room for a truly magical experience.

Photo: @clos_maggiore



The perfect place to discover delicious, plant-based food, a couple of cocktails (alcohol-free and boozy), and Instagram-worthy interiors seven days a week. Healthy and 100% vegan dishes served in a stunning interior.

Photo: @redemptionbar


The Crown and Anchor

A favourite of the Stayo team, The Crown and Anchor is a traditional British pub with a fantastic selection of beers to choose from. Popular with theatre goers, shoppers and locals alike, it serves great British classics like fish and chips and sausage and mash.

Photo: sevendialsmarket.com



Looking for a restaurant that has stood the test of time? How about London’s longest standing restaurant? Established in 1798, Rules serves a selection of traditional British dishes specialising in game. Hosting the likes of Charles Dickens and H.G. Wells, it’s a London institution not to be missed.

Photo: @rules_restaurant


Sushi Samba

Celebrating Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine, Sushisamba is a Stayo favourite. Don’t forget to try their rather large selection of sake!

Photo: @sushisamba


Santa Nata

A shop dedicated to custard tarts is always going to grab our attention and Santa Nata delivers. If you’re a pastéis de nata virgin then you’re in for a treat at Santa Nata… these are Portugal’s answer to the custard tart and we’re not exaggerating to say that they are life changing.

Photo: @santanata.uk



Run by the team behind 10 Cases, Parsons is a perfect place to escape from the crowds of Covent Garden. Unassuming and serving a wide range of fresh fish dishes inspired by the British Isles.

Photo: @parsons_london


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