Summer in Covent Garden

From theatre to live music – and our terrace at The Counter – explore what's on in Covent Garden during the summer season.

With its winding back streets and central buzzing Piazza, Covent Garden is a neighbourhood brimming with history and stories to tell.

If you should find yourself in the area – perhaps before or after a visit to The Delaunay – there’s much to see and do in Covent Garden and the surrounding areas this summer.

A little culture

Madame Butterfly at The Royal Opera House

Awash with some of the city’s enduring cultural institutions, such as the Royal Opera House, which is less than five minutes’ walk away from The Delaunay, or our partners at The Donmar Warehouse – there are many places to get your culture fix. Other favourites include The National Theatre, with upcoming productions including ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘The Crucible’; and the Peacock Theatre, with its programme of dance featuring the likes of the English National Ballet and Les Ballets Trockadero.

We’re also proud to partner with some neighbouring theatres to offer packages for dinner here at The Delaunay and tickets to a show.

While just around the corner on the Strand, lies the world-famous Somerset House and The Courtauld Gallery – both of which have a summer calendar, showcasing some of the world’s leading talents. From Edvard Munch at The Courtauld to This Bright Land; a celebration of togetherness throughout August, with street food, live music, exhibitions and much more. For those with an interest in history, walking tours of Somerset House are also on offer this summer.

Take a stroll

Just minutes from The Delaunay lies the Strand and the banks of the Thames just beyond. An ideal summer afternoon can be had strolling along the river by Embankment, taking in some of the city’s most famous sights – from the London Eye to Westminster – and back up into the bustling streets of Covent Garden

While for those looking for some green space, the Phoenix Garden promises “an oasis of calm in London’s West End”. The last remaining community garden in Covent Garden, it’s a great spot for a peaceful pit stop.

If you’re in the market for an ice cream, there’s no shortage to choose from, including Gelupo on Archer Street to Amorino on Garrick Street. And, this August the annual Covent Garden Ice Cream Festival will also be returning, featuring some of the locale’s best purveyors. Of course, we also offer a selection of ice cream coupes for dessert here at The Delaunay too.

Something a little different…

Covent Garden piazza

If you’re looking for an escape from the heat (or indeed rain!), then you might consider heading indoors to the London Transport Museum; alternatively a host of walking tours are on offer, from exploring disused stations to the streets of Covent Garden. Also worth a trip – and a must-see for any Harry Potter fans – is this interactive exhibition, taking you through some of the most magical moments of wizardry from the much-loved films.

The Delaunay Counter

The Delaunay Counter - Summer Terrace

A little closer to home (in fact, right next door to the main restaurant) lies The Counter. And this summer, our new Stiegl beer cart is serving refreshingly cold pints of this Austrian favourite on the terrace. Available to those eating in or passing by… perhaps a perfect foil to an afternoon exploring Covent Garden and beyond?

The terrace at The Counter is open throughout the day from Monday to Saturday – whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner,post-work drinks or coffee and cake.