THE BARBARY

16 Neal's Yard, London, UK
Covent Garden

The Barbary is situated in the iconic Neal’s Yard and offers food inspired by countries that span the Barbary coast, from Israel to Morocco. Its dishes are made for sharing and kicking off with the freshly baked super light naan and dips is always a good start. Don’t miss the Moroccan cigars which are deep fried pastry rolls filled with a spicy cod mix, and then there’s the cauliflower Jaffa style which is incredible. It’s a bloody great dining option in Covent Garden, but with only 24 seats and food this good, expect queues.

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FRENCHIE

16 Henrietta Street, London, UK

The London Frenchie is a bit smarter than its Parisian counterpart, with sleek marble surfaces, leather booths and lots of polished brass. The food is modern and beautifully presented, but this isn’t a style over substance kind of place – it has fur coat and silky red knickers to match. We’re talking dishes like freshly baked sweet maple scones, duck foie gras with rhubarb and smoked eel, and braised pig head with smoked bramley apple, jerusalem artichoke and buckwheat.

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JIDORI

15 Catherine Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

The vibe of this Jidori is very similar to the Dalston original, with simple, light wooden furniture and pastel green tabletops although sadly there’s no open kitchen set up here….they do have a karaoke room in the basement though! All the menu classics, like the katsu curry scotch egg, salmon tataki and yakitori, are all present and correct, as well as new additions green tea noodles with yuba and kikarage and a grilled onion salad with red shisho and ume dressing.

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CORA PEARL

30 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8NA, UK
Covent Garden

Cora Pearl, the Covent Garden sister to Mayfair’s Kitty Fisher’s, is named after another working girl Cora Pearl and there are nods to her glam life throughout the space, from parquet floors and velvet banquettes to vintage style glassware and trinkets in the bathrooms. Not only does it look beaut, the restaurant is turning out faultless food, from Bloody Mary mackerel to cheese & ham toasties to veal fillet with bordelaise sauce and possibly the most EPIC chips in London.

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RUFFIANS

27 Maiden Lane, London, UK
Covent Garden

You don’t just go to Ruffians for a quick trim, you go for an experience. You can get a coffee or a bourbon and you can enjoy a seat by the open fire…yep they have an open fire right in the middle of the barbers. With exposed brick work, animal skulls, and cages acting as lockers for everything from cups to coats, it all looks very cool. The cuts, beard trims and close shaves are all done properly too, and there’s zero pretentiousness here.

GARBSTORE

9 Earlham Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

Garbstore stocks some of the coolest threads in town and its location in Covent Garden is half store, half store Reebok museum, with a designated exhibition space that displays ten original trainers, and more rare findings. A must visit for all sneakerheads.

CHICK ‘N’ SOURS

1a Earlham Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

The Seven Dials branch of Chick ‘n’ Sours is worthy addition to the family, with all the same birds and more on the menu. On the chick front, the tenders have been given an Asian twist with punchy Xian Xian spice, coriander and sesame, there’s also big new bun aka The Colonel, and the Mexi-nese nachos are also a winner. It’s a feast worth flying in for.

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PETERSHAM NURSERIES

Floral Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

After branching out from Richmond, the Petersham Nurseries team transformed a 16,000 sq ft Floral Court spot into a lifestyle destination that celebrates nature, seasonality and slow living just like the original. There’s a home and garden shop, deli, wine cellar and florist, as well as The Petersham, an à la carte restaurant and La Goccia, a more informal spot.

ENEKO

One Aldwych Hotel, Aldwych, London, UK
Covent Garden

Eneko Atza, whose three Michelin-starred Bilbao restaurant Azurmendi is no.16 in the World’s 50 Best, is the man responsible for Eneko. It’s a more relaxed vibe, but fortunately he hasn’t gone too casual – service is slick and the cooking creative, with some presentation tricks you’d certainly associate with Michelin fine dining. There are some impressive dishes here, like roasted Iberico presa with chickpea and garlic cream and hake in a light tempura – go basque in it.

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MARGOT

45 Great Queen Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

The warm and inviting space of Margot has been designed beautifully with classic green leather banquettes, elegant decorative tiles, and a long zinc bar in front of an open kitchen. It serves classic Italian fare, from cured meats, carpaccio and tartare dishes to salads, homemade pasta and a range of meat and fish main courses. You’ll defo be wanting a least a couple of those fresh pasta plates.

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FROG BY ADAM HANDLING

34 Southampton Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

The sister site to the East London outpost of The Frog, Frog by Adam Handling offers the same flair when it comes to the cookery in a little more sophisticated setting. There’s a real eye for detail in every aspect from the drinks coasters to the very cool cutlery, and the food is incred too, with dishes complexly put together but in an effortless way…think hake, tomato and crab sat in a warm pea jus and chicken, broccoli and miso. YUM.

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BAILEY NELSON

29 Henrietta Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

Aussie brand Bailey Nelson’s glasses are designed by the in-house team, made by hand using the best materials sourced from across the globe, and in their words “won’t gouge your eyes or wallet”. They have a wicked selection of frames that are pretty fash and actually do look amazing, and you can get an eye test and glasses ready for collection in less than a week. Now that’s service.

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BESO

190 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JL, UK
Tottenham Court Road
Translating to ‘kiss’ in Spanish, Beso describes itself as a gastronomic kiss from Morocco to Spain, serving up tasty Moorish Mediterranean cuisine. Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, the decor is styled around Peter Behrens’ famous The Kiss painting with added elements of the Med including a large mosaic table and cave style areas on the lower floor. The restaurant allows guest to be relatively hands on, with option of seats at the fire bar, where you can watch head chef Khalid hard at work and you can also take part in wine tasting and matching in Beso’s own wine cellar. Food wise, don’t miss the crispy chickpeas, the marinated anchovies, the smoked mackerel pate and the grilled lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine begendi, crispy kale and cumin.

MILK TRAIN CAFE

44 Bedford Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

Fancy a soft serve ice cream on a bed of candy floss?? Oh yes it’s a thing at Milk Train Cafe; the ice cream spot that serves up vanilla, matcha and hojicha soft serve on clouds of candy floss. It’s the sugar rush – and the insta – we can’t get enough of.

GRIND

42 Maiden Lane, London, UK
Covent Garden

Covent Garden Grind will have you hitting up the coffee-come-cocktail bar for more than just drinks thanks to their modern British dinner menu, with small plates like salt cod brandade with garlic crostini, smashed sweet potato, spiced nuts and yoghurt, and hot apple crumble sundae. As usual, Grind has all your coffee and cocktail needs taken care of, the signature Grind Espresso Martini is a real winner…it’d be rude not to have at least one.

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TANDOOR CHOP HOUSE

8 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ, UK
Charing Cross Charing Cross

Tandoor Chop House is upping the game for Indian food in the capital, combining a traditional North Indian communal eatery with a classic British chop house. The tandoor oven is the star of the show and you can expect dishes to include tandoori chicken masala, beef bolti, Amritsari lamb chops and tandoor masala pollock. Sides come in the shape of a Dexter dripping keema naan and crispy okra, and its hard to resist the sweet coal-roasted pineapple or chai brulée for dessert.

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KARINE JACKSON SALON

24 Litchfield Street, London WC2H 9NJ, UK
Covent Garden

If you’re after a new dye job, Karine Jackson is the salon for you. They keep it organic and ethical with a vegan colour service using Organic Colour Systems and Unite products. The colour is gentle and nourishing so your hair actually feels really soft after the treatment is over, and you can even get a make-up consultation too to help you work out what’s gonna go best with your brand new colour.

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