29 Aug A Rainy Day in Covent Garden
Covent Garden is not somewhere that I frequent often, due to my tendency to avoid overcrowded areas, however, on this particular rainy day I had decided to suck it up and explore the area, as I have never really had the chance to. Between the torrential rain, and the fact that it was a weekday, it actually turned out to be surprisingly pleasant to walk around; my usual experiences of Covent Garden include manoeuvring around large groups of people, and squeezing my way through crowds, but this time was fortunately different.
We were trying to budget on this particular day out, so we brought a Clif Bar with us (yum), and bought a vegetable wheatmeal pasty from ‘The West Cornwall Pasty Co.”, which is so good! I was so surprised that a pasty company would have a Vegan option, it’s so tasty, great for on the go and easily a
vailable at many train stations and motorway service stations. They even sell a Thai green pasty now – it doesn’t sound like something that I would like, but I’d definitely give it a try.
We went into various shops in and around Covent Garden, and I especially loved ‘Pop Boutique‘ because of the cute and retro clothes they had – one day I will be brave enough to buy clothes like this! There were items ranging from the 60s to the 90s kind of style, and I found it particularly difficult to tear myself away from the second hand hoodies and sweaters they had on sale.
And then, true to my slightly boring and less adventurous self, I ended up trailing into ‘Urban Outfitters’ and purchasing a pair of black denim shorts – woops. I am a sucker for Urban Outfitters, but who isn’t? I am now practically living in these black shorts paired with fishnets and a t-shirt…
We found a small and charmingly cluttered astrology shop in the Seven Dials that sold tarot cards, books, birth charts etc. it was so peaceful and interesting to look around – you should definitely go visit if you’re into star signs and anything otherworldly or magical.
Afterwards, we yet again faced the pouring rain to search for the renowned Neal’s Yard just to snap a quick photograph of it. Fortunately, it’s just as beautiful in real life as it is in the pictures – I recommend coming here if you haven’t yet, I can imagine that it’s perfect for a photo shoot (I didn’t get a decent photo because my camera kept getting wet…)
Although it was empty on the streets, the rain meant that all of the restaurants and coffee places were absolutely full to the brim, but we managed to eventually find a seat in the Black Penny Coffee House. It was around lunchtime so there were plenty of regulars on their lunch breaks; it definitely seemed like a place that locals would go to, so we assumed it must have been good. It’s such a trendy, chic café with bare brick walls and bulbs that hang from the ceiling – they served a few plant milks too which is a huge plus. My cappuccino was delicious, but just a tad small…. Nothing personal, I think I just always have this issue with not having enough coffee.
What’s your favourite spot in Covent Garden?
P.S If you liked this post, here’s another one of me exploring West London.