Our top 10 favourite haunts in Covent Garden and Soho
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have a great night out, a cosy date for two, or just a slap up meal, we know the very best places in central London. Our Covent Garden and Soho experts have personally tested and approved each of these venues, to create our very own top 10 favourite haunts.
Top for interiors, cocktails and then private bowl: Ham Yard Hotel
Ham Yard Hotel is totally unique; a gorgeous blend of stunning interiors and relaxed atmosphere. It is home to an original 1950s bowling alley, a stylish lounge, an impressive cocktail bar and dance floor, so you can find a space to suit your mood. With interiors by Kit Kemp in her award-winning modern British style, Ham Yard Hotel is one of our favourite social spaces. It also has an exceptional rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy cocktails with panoramic views of Soho’s skyline.
Top for early evening drinks, live singing, and then party: 3-4 Archer Street
A sophisticated cocktail lounge with a lot of personality, Archer Street offers a truly unique experience. The spacious and elegant bars are set over two floors and the talented team entertain guests sporadically throughout the evening with live singing performances. Perfect for early evening drinks, all the way through to the small hours, make 3-4 Archer Street your next stop for live entertainment.
Top for a cosy bottle of delicious wine and tapas: The 10 Cases
The 10 Cases is a buzzing bistro with one main focus – the wine! They only ever buy 10 cases of wine at a time, so at every visit you can try new things and experience different tastes. Sticking with the 10 theme, they have 10 tables which you can book for lunch or dinner, including an outside terrace and bar counter, plus their Cave á Vin next door which remains reservation free. Cosy up with a delicious bottle of wine and a beautiful selection of tapas for a weekday treat.
Top for old school dining: Rules
Take a visit to the oldest restaurant in London, still flourishing after 200 years and the reigns of nine monarchs. From the moment you step through the door at Rules, the place radiates history, with elegance and understated luxury. Rules offers delightful spaces ideal for a variety of events from business dinners to wedding breakfasts, or if you fancy something lower key why not choose something to drink from the stunning wine and classic cocktails list. If you like to dine in class, with exemplary service then Rules is for you.
Top for afternoon tea: Covent Garden Hotel
On a gorgeous cobbled street in Seven Dials, the Covent Garden Hotel is a regular celebrity haunt for a good reason. It offers discreet luxury, and delicious food. Their afternoon tea is renowned for its delicacy and beauty – totally instagram worthy. Make sure you bag one of the window tables for maximum people watching.
Top for breakfast: The Delaunay
The Delaunay is a step back to the days of imperial Europe, open from early in the morning until late at night, for a taste of haute gastronomy. Start your day right with The Delaunay’s breakfast or if you prefer to start the day with a few more hours in bed, brunch. We vote for the full English, but can also heartily recommend the glorious viennoiserie (pastries and baked goods), which you can also pick up from the counter next door if you’re in a rush.
Top for celeb spotting: Sexy Fish
Sexy Fish is the achingly hip new haunt from renowned restaurateur Richard Caring. Offering a new style of dining experience, they serve Asian-inspired cuisine full of exceptional flavour and colour alongside a glamorous destination bar. The food is not the only thing that is eye catching; the cutting-edge décor is also an exciting part of the Sexy Fish experience with special features such as coral inspired fabric panels, bronze mermaids, fish lamps and raspberry leather custom-made furniture. If you’re looking for an ‘over the top’ London location, then this is the catch of the night.
Top for ultimate romance: Clos Maggiore
Regularly voted the world’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore is a sanctuary of tranquillity in the heart of Covent Garden. Influenced by country inns of Provence and Tuscany the astonishing interiors are breathtaking. It has a beautifully crafted cherry blossomed conservatory with a fully retractable glass roof, creating an open, bright dining space for all seasons. The restaurant is transformed at night by candles, a burning fire and starry nights. Perfect for ultimate romance.
Top for champagne at the push of a button: Bob Bob Ricard
Bob Bob Ricard is an iconic Soho restaurant, serving a luxury English and Russian menu in London’s trendiest all-booth dining space. Equipped with a ‘Press for Champagne’ button at every table, this restaurant is famous for filling more champagne glasses than any other in the United Kingdom. If you’re looking for an elegant evening, with bubbles and good food then raise your glasses for more champagne at Bob Bob Ricard.
Top for secret affairs: Crazy Bear
Crazy Bear is a sophisticated restaurant with a popular cocktail bar and restaurant. The underground restaurant offers a secretive setting with red spotlights highlighting copper finishes and spectacular interiors. Explore the Asian fusion food and delicious cocktails in this secluded space,and embrace the mystique.