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Things to do in Covent Garden

Discover what's on in Covent Garden, London. From restaurants, pubs & cocktail bars to high street & designer shopping.

 

1- Check out the street performers. 

Covent Garden Street Performers

Covent Garden is known for its street performers who are actually decently good! They have to audition for their time slots and people often line up to watch them. Get to the main square in Covent Garden and you won’t miss them.
 

2. Visit Seven Dials.

Seven Dials Covent Garden

Seven Dials lies in the heart of London's West End sandwiched between Soho and Covent Garden and you will find a historic intersection of seven streets that offer a wealth of retail and gourmet goodies. 

 

3- Shop the markets.

Apple Market Covent Garden

Even if you’re not up for shopping, it is a must to walk around the markets filled with artisanal stalls selling handmade goods such as jewelry, prints, watercolours and beautifully crafted cards from Tuesday through Sunday.  On Monday, the Apple Market hosts antiques and collectible stalls. 

 

4- Visit the London Transport Museum.

London Tranport Museum

Visit the London Transport Museum and learn about the history of the Underground and the rest of London’s transportation system. Don't want to pay to see the museum? At least visit the awesome souvenir shop, which has some of the best tube ­themed items we've ever seen in London.
 

5- The Top Secret Comedy Club

Top Secret Comedy Club London

Central London is absolutely brimming with some of the finest quality comedy in the world and over the past few years, this new club has been at the heart of that. Keep an eye on their social networks as they often have free preview shows starting at 7 PM before the main show kicks off.  


6- Royal Opera House. 

Royal Opera House London

London's Royal Opera House forms one corner of Covent Garden's Piazza, although its main entrance is on Bow Street. Here you can see world-class performances by the Royal Opera or Royal Ballet companies.

 

7 - National Gallery.

London National Gallery

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. It’s pretty easy to forget that you can see works of art by the actual Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, and Claude Monet for FREE 361 days a year.


8. Grab some street snacks.

Cupcakes Covent Garden

If you get a little bit hungry while walking on Covent Garden, there are loads of places where you can get "street snacks". Cupcakes from Lola's Cupcakes, hot and delicious cookies from Ben's Cookies, plenty of places to grab some ice cream, the truth is you can find anything you want.  


9 - Go Shopping. 

Shopping Covent Garden London

Neal Street is known for its shoe shops and King Street is lined with high­end fashion options. There are also TONS of beauty shops, many major beauty brands have shops there, including Charlotte Tilbury.


10- Telephone Boxes.

Telephone Boxes Covent Garden

The best spot in Covent Garden for an Instagrammer. Get to the Royal Opera House, walk to adjacent Bow Street, find the Zizzi’s restaurant and right next to it is a row of red telephone boxes alongside a beautiful statue of a dancer. This is also a good spot to sit for a second and rest your feet!


11 - Restaurant & Bars

Restaurants Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a foodie’s paradise. Whether it’s breakfast or brunch, pre-theatre dining or burgers alfresco, the neighborhood is filled with a diverse array of gastronomic options to suit all taste buds, morning ‘til night. There are also some great bars where to sip cocktails, wine and beer, and where to look for live music. 


Wondering if there are any clubs nearby? Paper Soho is one of them and we have guestlists and VIP table booking available! 

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20 Things No One Tells You About London

London

 


1. There's a secret library bar at the BFI.


Secret library bar at the BFI

The only way to enter the bar is through a cool hidden bookcase passage.


2. You can take a London tour that lies to you on purpose.

London Tour

Just for the sake of laughing, Bullshit London gives intentionally inaccurate tours.


3. You can hit the pub and the park in one go at the People's Park Tavern.

People's Park Tavern

The beer garden at People's Park Tavern in east London is so spacious and green it's practically its own private park. During the summer you can play table tennis, and in the winter you can cozy up to a romantic bonfire.

 

4. One of the best views of London is from a toilet.

Shard Toilet View

The Aqua Shard is worth a visit only for the view from the loo.


5. There's a 60-acre sand beach in Ruislip.
 

Ruislip Beach London

No need to go to Brighton when you can take a shorter and cheaper train to Ruislip Woods. 


6. You can take a water bus into the centre of the London Zoo.

Waterbus London

You can spend a relaxed day on the river for just £8.90, or pay £25 to float right up to the heart of the London Zoo.



7. You can get a cheap and magnificent afternoon tea at the Fan Museum in Greenwich.


 

Fan Museum in Greenwich

The Ritz serves afternoon tea for £50 per person, but you can get museum entry and a lovely full-serviced tea at the Fan Museum's Orangery for just £11.


8. You can tour and taste at the Fuller's Brewery for a tenner.

Fuller's Brewery London

You can tour the historic Chiswick brewery for £7, and add a four beer tasting for just £3 more.


9. There are secret gardens all over London.

London Secret Gardens


10. There are preserved ruins throughout the city.


11. There are grottos, vinyards, and castles at Painshill Park.

Painshill Park London


12. Often, the cool stuff is happening on the roof rather than at street level.

Rooftop London

For example at Kensington Roof Gardens


13. You can visit the Southbank Book Market every day of the week.

London Southbank Book Market

The well-priced and well-stocked second-hand book fair runs daily, rainy or sunny.


14. The Walkie Talkie building has a Sky Garden.

Skygarden London

This public garden is free to access (but you'll have to book) and offers unique and stunning views of the capital.


15. You can pee in a pod at Sketch.

Bathroom Sketch London


There are a lot of great toilets in this city, but the Gallery at Sketch wins with its cute and futuristic podloos.
 

16. Hyde Park has its own pet cemetery.

Pet Cemetry Hyde Park London
You can pay homage to dogs passed in the central London park.


17. There are seven disembodied noses in Soho.

Noses Soho London


An artist installed 35 plaster noses across London, and you can find seven of them still adhered to walls in Soho. There's also some ears in Covent Garden.


18. Bars can be entered through fridge doors…

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town


The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is one of many speak-easy themed bars that will make you feel all disoriented.


19. There’s a rooftop cafe on the top of Alfie’s Antique Market.

Alfie's Antique Market

Alfie’s is the largest indoor antique market in London and the tiny little cafe on the rooftop offers panoramic views of London – great for Saturday breakfast.


20. There's a whole shop dedicated to Dr. Who.

Dr. Who Shop London

We bet you didn't know some of these! Now you know a bit more of this marvelous city! ;)

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10 Music Festivals You Should Experience at Least Once in Your Life

Music Festivals

There's nothing in the world compared to what we experience in a music festival; we feel happy, excited, cheerful, joyful! We get to see our favorite musicians and artists along thousands of other true fans that create a euphoric environment that can't be replicated anywhere else. We save up money all year and just wait impatiently for the special day or week to come. 

All year round, all around the world, there are thousands of music festivals taking place. To cut through the confusion we have picked 10 fantastic festivals that you should attend at least once in your life:

Ultra Music Festival, United States

The Ultra is a huge EDM and dance music festival founded in 1999 in the city of Miami. Throughout the years it has gained a strong reputation and has branched out to 11 countries, with the latest one being Thailand.

Ultra Music Festival Miami

It is one of the most in-demand electronic festivals anywhere on the planet due to its unparalleled production. The very best DJs around the world come together with an incredible crowd to transform the heart of Miami into a full-throttle dancefloor, while the springtime sun streams down on three days of house, progressive house, underground techno, and bass.

Ultra Music Festival Miami

Tomorrowland, Belgium

Tomorrowland is held in a town in Belgium called Boom with just 16,000 residents and is now THE largest electronic dance music festival in the world, attracting 400,000 people in 2014.  

Tomorrowland Belgium

Tomorrowland is one of the most over-the-top festivals in terms of the layout and stage design. It feels like falling down a rabbit hole with stunning and jaw dropping visuals. Every year the festival brings the biggest names in the dance music industry and is unparalleled when it comes to the lineup. Tickets for Tomorrowland tend to be SOLD OUT in just a few minutes so there must be something extra special about it that people from all over the world are always eager to go or repeat the experience. 

Tomorrowland Belgium

Burning Man, United States 

Burning Man is a week-long festival held right in the middle of the Nevada desert in the United States. The highlight of the festival? The burning of a large wooden effigy at night! 

Burning Man Music Festival

Over 65,000 free spirits will trek to the Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create a temporary metropolis. We're talking about art installations, mutant vehicles, colorful theme camps and even a 40-foot wooden man which will eventually be lit on fire. Famous for its counterculture mentality, nudity, and bonfires, Burning Man can be found on bucket lists everywhere.

The annual gathering kicks off on the last Sunday of August and runs until the first Monday of September (also known as the US Labour Day).

Burning Man US

Coachella, United States

Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, Coachella features music from all genres: indie, rock, EDM, Hip-Hop, it's all there. Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States and all over the world. Besides the music, there's also art installations and amazing sculptures throughout the area.

Coachella United States

From delicious food to world class art, Coachella offers numerous experiences to enjoy along with the music. Even though it can be a little bit of a pretentious fashion show, Coachella is still one of the best festivals around. Every year it brings the best music, reunions, and surprise performances to the table. If you love festivals don’t let the glitz intimidate you: put on your coolest outfit, see a celebrity or two, and most importantly enjoy the music.

Coachella Music Festival

Sensation White, Amsterdam

Sensation is an indoor electronic dance music event which originated in the Netherlands. The original event, which ran exclusively in the Amsterdam Arena for five years until 2005, is now located throughout different locations all over the world, including the United Arab Emirates.

sensation music festival

The festival is a globetrotting phenomenon featuring amazing shows that bring together people from all over the world who have a never-ending love for house music.

sensation festival netherlands

 Sunburn, India

Held in the city of Goa, Sunburn is considered to be Asia's LARGEST music festival and is ranked among the top 10 festivals to attend by CNN.

Sunburn India

Inaugurated in 2007, Sunburn is a synergy of music, entertainment, food, shopping and lifestyle that attracts music tourism in India and is now spreading its wings across the globe. 

Sunburn India

Electric Daisy Carnival, United States

This popular festival actually started in 1992 in Los Angeles, before bursting into popularity in 2008. The carnival is now held in many cities across the US such as Las Vegas and New York.

Electric Daisy Carnival

The music festival is a giant amusement park for adults with neon daisy light installations, barely-dressed fairies, and thrilling carnival rides. It combines the world's most renowned dance music talent with cutting-edge production to create an unparalleled experience of sight and sound.

Music Festival

Glastonbury, England

This epic and legendary festival in England has been held annually since the '70s. Delivering cutting edge acts, Glastonbury is perhaps best known for its iconic Pyramid Stage. The massive triangular structure has housed artists like The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Coldplay, and Beyonce. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts.

glastonbury music festival

Glastonbury is the largest Greenfield festival in the world and is now attended by over 170,000 people every year. The majority of the staff are volunteers, helping the festival to raise millions of euros for good causes. 

glastonbury

Full Moon Party, Thailand

The Full Moon Party is celebrated in an amazing island with some good live fire performers and lots of glowing paint. The party has gained global notoriety and is now one of the biggest beach bashed in the world! Each year the scene has been growing with the ever-increasing number of party faithful that return, bringing their mates and spreading the vibe.

Full Moon Party Thailand

The Full Moon Party takes place every month throughout the year. Its attractions include fire skipping ropes and alcohol “buckets”, There is a very wide spectrum of music ranging from trance to drum and bass, to reggae. There are no barriers or inhibitions, just people enjoying themselves with one unified intention, rejoice the magic that is the Full Moon party! 

Full Moon Party Thailand

Boom Festival, Portugal

Boom is not only a festival, it is a state of mind focused in the integration of a sustainability ethos with arts and culture. 

boom_music_festival_protugal

Boom International Trance Psychedelic Music Festival is a biennial week-long festival held near the Ponsul River in Portugal. The festival is one of a kind and features music, paint, sculpture, art, yoga, theater, and cinema. It attracts over 30,000 people from all over the world and does not rely on any commercial sponsor. Although no world-famous artist ever makes it to this festival, over a hundred independent artists perform each year and are all worth it.

Boom Music Festival

Hope our guide has helped you chose wisely! If you decide to attend any of these festivals, TRUST us, you won't regret it! Keep it safe! ;)

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5 Reasons Why Champagne Is Good For You

Champagne Bath

Bring out the bubbly. This deserves a celebration! 

Until now, we weren't aware that the Champagne we're drinking on a regular basis has some scientifically-proven health benefits. And to that, we say, "Salud"! Take a look:


1. IT'S LOW-CALORIE.

While a glass of red or white wine contains between 135 and 200 calories, a glass of brut (dry) champagne clocks in at only 95. And the low-sugar version, called "low dosage," has a mere 65 calories per glass. Isn't this the best news yo have heard lately? 

Champagne Health Benefits

2. IT PREVENTS DEMENTIA AND MEMORY LOSS.

A study at the University of Reading determined that drinking one to three glasses of champagne each week can boost brain health and protect your brain from diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia.

The study authors observed that the grapes used in Champagne — Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier — have relatively high levels of phenolics, which help modulate signals in the hippocampus and cortex, parts of the brain associated with memory and learning. As if you needed another reason to drink Champagne ...

Champagne Life

3. IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN.

All those antioxidants we keep talking about? Studies have proven time and time again that Champagne detoxifies, smooths, evens, and plumps your skin – and it’s particularly good for those who suffer from oily skin or people who have to deal with breakouts on a regular basis. We are sure Beyonce knew this! 

Champagne Beyonce

4. IT'S A HEART-HEALTHY BEVERAGE.

In fact, it's just as good for your heart as red wine. Another University of Reading study concluded that "two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation and could reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke." 

We always knew that Champagne held a very special place in our hearts – but we didn’t know it was working wonders while it was in there. Amazing, right?

Champagne Health Benefits

 

5. IT CAN INCREASE YOUR SEX DRIVE.
 

It’s well known that alcohol makes people lose their inhibitions. Most alcoholic drinks will give you a momentary buzz but then leave you with little energy and the lack of blood flow you need for arousal. Champagne, on the other hand, allows you to feel its effects much quicker without sapping your energy, this is due to the magnesium, potassium, and zinc it contains.

Champagne Life

We must add that we encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption. Remember that less is definitely more when it comes to drinking. As Winston Churchill warned: “a single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration…. A bottle produces the opposite”.  

With that said, cheers to Champagne!

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Best events happening in London on April 2017

Spring is here meaning it's time to head outdoors and make the most of the mild weather and the longer days! Here our selection of the very best events happening in London throughout April:

 

LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 - Sunday, April 9th, 2017

The London Coffee Festival will return this year from 6-9 April at Old Truman Brewery and promises to be an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene. The festival will feature over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and much more. A unique event to please us all, at the end, who doesn't love coffee? 

Coffee Festival

Address: Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL 
Venue name: Old Truman Brewery
Transport: Tube/BR: Liverpool Street


 

COCKTAILS IN THE CITY

Thursday 30th March 2017 / Friday 31st March 2017 / Saturday 1st April 2017

Described as a gathering of the world's leading mixologists the nation’s leading cocktail event is back in London. In a three-day celebration, Cocktails in the City mixes together twenty-five leading bars under one roof; from five-star hotels to secret speakeasies, come and get shoulder-to-shoulder with world's leading bartenders for an evening of discovery and new experiences. To celebrate the fifth anniversary, Cocktails in the City has handpicked a selection of international bars that are flying in for the festivities. We invite you to try something a little different, share your experiences and raise a glass to the quality and diversity of the capital's cocktail culture. 

Cocktail Mixologist

Address: 1 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 4AQ 
Venue name: One Marylebone
Transport: Great Portland Street (Tube)

 


 

SILENT SOUNDS BOAT PARTY

Saturday 25 March 2017 and Saturday 22 April 2017

If you missed out the Silent Sounds event in January we are thrilled to inform you that you have the chance to experience their iconic silent disco boat party in March and April! Setting sail at 7.45pm, you and your friends will be in for an unforgettable night floating along the Thames, with the city’s iconic landmarks twinkling in the background; think Big Ben, The London Eye and Tower Bridge (to name but a few). From disco classics to hardcore house, you can pick your channel on the headphones meaning the dance floor will see some serious action. Get your headphones on for this epic night out in London. 

Silent Boat Party London

Address: Tower Pier, London 
Venue name: Dutch Master

 


 

INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Who says pillow fights are just for kids? Not us and obviously not the organizers of this peculiar event. On April 1st, 2017, pillows will be slung and flung across Kennington Park in London. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Some rules you must respect: soft pillows only, don't hit anyone holding a camera, don't hit anyone without a pillow and no feathery pillows. Wearing your pajamas is optional.

International Pillow Fight Day

Venue name: Kennington Park
Address: Kennington Park Rd, London, SE11 4AS 
Transport: Tube: Oval



SUNRISE YOGA

Various dates in April

Rise and shine yogis - Sky Garden's sunrise yoga sessions are back on March & April 2017! If you are looking for a little inner peace, tranquility, or simply looking to flex those yoga skills, one of the prettiest ways to practice your moves is at London’s stunning Sky Garden. Located on a 37th floor and with bursting luscious tropical greenery, it is the perfect setting to experience a class to remember. 

Kicking off at 6:30 am Tuesday-Friday and 8 am on Saturdays, the class runs for one hour on the beautiful terrace; after the class, a deliciously healthy buffet breakfast will be served for all in City Garden.

Sunrise Yoga

Address: 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF 
Venue name: Sky Garden
Transport: 
Monument (Tube) 


 

BETHNAL GREEN'S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

The UK's largest traveling marketplace for retro clothes, homewares and accessories return to York Hall in Bethnal Green. There will be over 50 stalls of spring and summer dresses, shoes, jackets, accessories and collectables with vintage bargains dating from the Twenties onwards. The Bethnal Green Affordable Vintage Fair with Judy’s takes place on Sunday the 2nd of April from 11:00 – 4:30pm.

Bethnal Green's Affordable Vintage Fair

Address: 5-15 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ 
Venue name: York Hall
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green


 

LONDON MARATHON

Sunday, 23rd April 2017
 

Every year, approximately 38,000 people run the 26.2 miles (42.2 km) of the marathon through the streets of London.The route runs through the south of the Thames and then along the north bank after crossing the bridge of the Tower. From Greenwich and Blackheath to Buckingham Palace, the corridors pass through the famous landmarks of the capital, such as the EDF Energy London Eye and the Tower of London. With such an immense and impressive landscape, it is not surprising that the organizers have called it "the historic race for London".

If you are not into running, you can join the cheering crowds who line the route to shout encouragement to long distance runners of all abilities. The biggest crowds tend to gather at Tower Bridge and Embankment and the emotional finish line in front of Buckingham Palace.

virgin money london marathon


 

THE BOAT RACE

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

The Boat Race is a set of annual rowing races between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between eights on the River Thames in London, England. For spectators, there's a great view - and some great pubs - around the north side of the Thames. Alternatively, you might like to watch from near the start at Putney Bridge, where the big screens on both banks allow spectators to monitor the race as it heads its way around the first bend. The event now attracts around 250,000 spectators to southwest London every year. The women's race is up first at 4.35pm, followed by the men's race an hour later at 5.35pm. 

Boat Race London

Venue name: Putney Bridge (south side)
Address: on the Embankment (off Richmond Rd)  SW15 1JN 
Transport: Tube: Putney Bridge


 
April has so many great events to get you out of your winter shell! There are no excuses, plan your month and enjoy one of the prettiest seasons in London!

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