Fine dining is an important part of your London holiday flat experience, or you would not be reading this article. Given the terrible reputation of the weather and the food in England, you may be contemplating your trip with no small amount of trepidation. While we can do nothing about the weather, we hope to finally explode the myth that a vacation in London means lowering your cuisine expectations.
Vamoose.com offers a vast selection of London flats to choose from. The approach we take is to highlight a specific area - Covent Garden - and look at gourmet restaurants close toholiday flats in that location. Covent Garden is regarded as the premier entertainment destination in London. From street performers, pubs, restaurants and fashionable boutiques to the world famous Royal Opera House and its location in the heart of "theater land", attractions abound.
How the British Eat Out
The British have a different attitude to eating out compared to the USA. Lives revolve around the children, and adult expenses are kept to a minimum. Day to day "eating out" means fish and chips, a Chinese or Indian take away or basic "pub grub". The average British family eats in a quality restaurant only for birthdays, special occasions or sometimes Christmas. Therefore outside of London, restaurants worthy of the name can struggle to survive.
Fortunately, London itself has a critical mass of both locals and tourists and boasts some of the very finest gourmet restaurants in the world.
"To Eat British or Not to Eat British - That Is the Question"
(With apologies to Shakespeare.) Conventional wisdom has it that you can eat fine in London - just don't eat British! This is most certainly not true for the gourmet British restaurants included here. While food at the best British restaurants is likely to be simpler than French or Italian, the quality is superb. Expect a sumptuous experience.
Gourmet Restaurants close to Covent Garden
Here is a selection of but a few of the many top class gourmet restaurants you will find in and around Covent Garden.
- L'atelier De Joël Robuchon: 13-15 West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NE
French cuisine, Average price: £80.00
One of the finest French restaurants in the world.
- Orso: 27 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DB
Italian cuisine, Average price: £40.00
Popular with West End actors, this glamorous old style Italian restaurant is full of photos of celebrities who have eaten here.
- Rhodes Twenty Four: 24th Floor Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ
Modern British cuisine, Average price: £55.00
Located on the top of London's tallest building with tremendous views of the city, this is one of top British chef Gary Rhodes' premier locations.
- Arbutus: 63-64 Frith Street, London W1D 3JW
Modern European cuisine, Average price: £40.00
Chef Anthony Demetre has created a modern European menu of truly exceptional quality.
- Wild Honey: 12 St. George Street, London W1S 2FB
British cuisine, Average price: £40.00
A traditional British restaurant of the highest quality in the heart of Mayfair.
How to Find London Holiday Flats
Vamoose is the perfect resource. You can search for London flats based on their price, amenities and proximity to Covent Gardens, or any other location within the city that you choose.