Best places to picnic near Covent Garden
Summer is picnic time for us and when the sun is out, we like to meet up with friends to share our own lunch oasis outdoors. London is one of the most greenest cities in the world and there are many beautiful picnic spaces, close to vibrant areas such as Covent Garden, where you can unpack a takeaway sandwich and enjoy a coffee outdoors with friends.
Depending on our mood, we might choose a secluded spot to relax, or visit a park that is a hub of activity. Here are some of our favourite spots to eat alfresco and all are just a few minutes’ walk from our flagship branch which is located near to Covent Garden tube station.
1. Mercer’s Walk, Covent Garden, WC2H
This newly designed area in Covent Garden offers an uplifting, contemporary space to meet friends and have some fun. The highlight is the movable letter ‘art’ seats/tables on which to have a picnic. The giant letters take their inspiration from fridge magnets and together form ‘A TRIP DOWN MERCERS WALK’ but each day we visit they have been moved to create a new message such as EAT CAKE, WE ARE LDN. This month, there has been live screenings of Wimbledon so we have been catching up with the tennis too. #MercersWalk
2. Phoenix Square – 21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8DG
When we want to get up close to nature, we picnic at Phoenix Square. This hidden gem (formerly a car park), is the perfect place for introverts to enjoy their coffee. It has a pretty garden and is a haven for wildlife. There are lots of birds at this time of year, tempted by the nest boxes and feeders that have been carefully placed by the garden’s team of local volunteers.
3. Courtyard of St Paul’s Church – St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED
Behind the tourist-packed piazza Eastern wall of this church, lies a quiet courtyard lined with benches that are perfect for eating a takeaway salad or sandwich. If the sun is beating down, we like to grab a seat on the shaded side and enjoy the scent of the rose bushes. It is known as ‘The Actors’ Church because of its long association the theatrical world and we’ve often found ourselves sitting on a bench that has been dedicated to someone famous from the theatre.
4. Sun Dials Pillar at Seven Dials, Covent Garden, WC2H
The tall pillar at Seven Dials provides a great stop-off for enjoying a coffee and contemplating which of the seven streets to wander down next. The pillar’s seating and steps provide a great view point of all the streets.
Photograph by Fraser Adams.
4. Soho Square, W1D
Soho Square is a short walk from our Covent Garden coffee shop and is easily distinguished by the small half-timbered Tudor hut located in the centre of the park, surrounded by colourful flower beds. This park has an easy relaxed vibe and the lawn is a great place to enjoy a summer picnic.
Summer’s here and we’d love to see you at our Covent Garden café for your next picnic – exit Covent Garden tube station, turn left and walk cross Long Acre. Turn slightly right, then left and walk down Neal Street. Continue walking (you will pass Shelton Street, Earlham Street and Shorts Gardens.) Nordic Bakery is located on the left between the stores Superga and Office.
Nordic Bakery, 55 Neal Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9PJ 55