Enjoy gin high tea in the leafy surrounds of West End’s Covent Garden
It was a sad day when Lock’n’Load announced it was closing its doors. The West End institution brought the good times for more than a decade, however with the promise of big things ahead, we couldn’t help but be excited about what the team was planning for the venue. All has now been revealed – Covent Garden has taken over and the space’s past identity is a mere memory.
While the bones of the iconic building still remain, the look and feel of Covent Garden is a complete change from its former inhabitant. Living up to its name, the restaurant and bar is filled with greenery – hanging planters swing from the ceiling and ivy cascades from antique-dotted shelves. The space has been opened right up and given a distinctly feminine touch, with heritage-style archways, bottle-green subway tiles, pink-toned bench seats, velvet upholstery and aviary-inspired wallpaper. Natural light floods in through stained-glass windows and a new (rather impressive) domed skylight in the middle of the downstairs space. The once-beer garden now lends itself more to the Pimm’s and Aperol Spritz on tap, with resort-style seating and a quaint bar nestled amongst the abundant plants and herb garden. Head to The Street Photographer for a closer look!
The food and drink
Covent Garden’s botanical theme doesn’t stop at the decor – the bar has a very strong focus on gin and cocktails. When we say strong we mean strong, as in there are more than 120 gins on the menu hailing from all over the world. You can pair your gin (or any other beverage that tickles your fancy) with a selection of shareable eats ranging from bite-sized morsels to heartier dishes – think manchego croquettes, chicken and ham hock terrine, a ploughman’s board, pork cheeks in sherry, and lamb shoulder with panzanella salad. If you really want to embrace the Covent Garden way go for the G + High Tea, which presents you with a watering can full of its signature G & Tea (Tanqueray gin, creme de mure, citrus, cranberry, grapefruit, and strawberry and cream tea soda) served with a spread of sweet and savoury treats.
Covent Garden is open now – head to our Stumble Guide for opening hours and contact details. Functions are very welcome, with each area of the space (including the upstairs bar and adjoining balcony) available for hire.
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