Wilde Covent Garden: Our Top Tips

Last updated Jul 06, 2023


At Wilde Covent Garden, you’re within walking distance of so many of London city’s top attractions that it’s impossible to list them all. However, the wonderful Wilde team have kindly dug deep and picked out their top seven favourite spots around the area. Whether you're visiting for work or leisure, a night or a week, make sure you make time to check them out...


1) Commune with Oscar on Adelaide Street

You can’t possibly stay at Wilde without visiting the nearby Oscar Wilde memorial on Adelaide Street. ‘A Conversation With Oscar Wilde’ is the work of artist Maggi Hambling and was unveiled by Wilde super-fan Stephen Fry on November 30th, 1998 — the 98th anniversary of the great wit’s death.

Of this unusual, coffin-like structure with bronze head and shoulders of a smoking Wilde, its creator says: “The idea is that he [Oscar Wilde] is rising, talking, laughing, smoking from this sarcophagus and the passer-by, should he or she choose to, can sit on the sarcophagus and have a conversation with him.” And we recommend you do exactly that. Just don’t flip out if he answers back!


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2) Enjoy some West End theatre

Wilde is in the heart of London’s famous West End theatre district. So much so it’s pretty much a case of pick a show, take a hop, skip and jump, and you’re there. Particularly so in the case of the Adelphi Theatre. 

The other advantage to being in the West End is that you can more easily obtain last-minute ticket discounts available at the theatres and ticket booths. Bravo!

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3) Explore Covent Garden

The clue is in the name for Wilde Covent Garden, which lies in the beating heart of this famed area's myriad gastronomic, shopping and cultural delights. There’s an endless amount to see, do (and buy!) here, a visit to the iconic Royal Opera House being just one of many highlights. If you’re not sure where to start though, just head to the Piazza. Here you can easily go with the flow and spend a day exploring the incredible assortment of goods on offer at the Apple Market and being highly entertained by all manner of street performances.


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4) Eat your way through Berwick Street Market

This foodies’ paradise dates back to 1778, and today is crammed full of incredible international street food stalls to suit every taste, which sit side by side with traditional fruit, vegetable and florist stalls. Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm, not only can you spend lunch chowing down on the likes of burritos, falafels, jerk chicken and Afghan street food, you can also pick up all the best fruit and veg to cook up a storm back in your apartment’s fully-equipped kitchen.


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5) Dine like a king at Smith & Wollensky

If it’s steak you’re after, look no further than the glorious Smith & Wollensky. Founded in New York in 1977, it first opened doors outside the US in 2015, right across the road from Wilde in the Adelphi building, in a stylish space encompassing two floors. Best known for its delicious USDA prime dry-aged steaks, Smith & Wollensky also serves British and Irish cuts, premium seafood, and award-winning wines and classic cocktails. Bon appétit!


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6) Step back in time at Gordon’s Wine Bar

You cannot do London and not do the rite of passage that is Gordon’s. This subterranean gem was established in 1890 and is widely considered the city’s oldest wine bar, with the colourful history to prove it — Rudyard Kipling and G.K. Chesterton were both regulars. Today, thanks to the efforts of its owners, it retains much of the original charm, character and atmosphere (and wines!) that attracted these greats. Indeed, descending in to Gordon’s in all its cavernous, candlelit glory is like time-travelling to the late 19th century. But with lots of millennials Instagramming their every move, and a food menu that includes excellent soakage in the form of bread, olives, cheese and other salty snacks.


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7) Slurp ramen in Bone Daddies 

A trendy Japanese rock bar in the middle of Soho, just a 10 minute walk from Wilde Aparthotels Covent Garden... Don't mind if we do! Famous for its mouthwatering homemade ramen broth, Bone Daddies is the perfect spot for a steaming bowl of ramen alongside an ice-cold beer. If ramens not your thing, try their fluffy baos or crispy fried chicken. The pumping soundtrack of rock'n'roll classics will have you headbanging in your seat! 


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