Monday, 15 September 2014

Covent Garden Weekend Tips #GetUpAndGo

Sometimes life gets in the way of having time with our friends.  We all have less and less time as we get older to indulge in spending time with those we love to be around. After seeing the Travelodge television advert for #GetUpAndGo I decided to throw caution to the wind and book a spontaneous girls weekend in London.

The other weekend (many of you may have spotted on twitter and instagram) me and my old stool uni buddy Jodes ventured for a girls weekend in London.  She is leaving me and moving abroad so I thought to myself how can I make this London weekend absolutely amazing.

Often we will meet up with friends and hardly spend time actually doing anything, now I know it isn't always about how much you do as it should be about enjoying each other company... But adding some fun make it all the more exciting!

When me and Jodes met up we had a mixture of activities from quite chilled out to painting the town red.

The chill

Always good to take the pace down so for example if you are both travelling in from different points take the time to chill that night.  It's the ideal opportunity to go out for so e delicious food and maybe have a cheeky vino before getting. Good nights rest.  We  were based in Covent Garden at the Travelodge Covent Garden hotel.  
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This hotel was bliss perfectly nuzzled in amongst the action, so we could easily walk to St Martins Courtyard and found a place called Bills for some extremely tasty (and reasonable food).
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In the morning we indulged in a tasty breakfast from the tasty buffet with cereals, cooked breakfast, juice, tea, coffee and a selection of pastries. 

The staff were friendly and accommodating, including one gentleman offering to take my bags for me.  It was very easy to check in and check out of the hotel and it was a short walk from the main area of Covent Garden.

The fun

You can do a number of items in the day but went for the obvious choice in shopping... You have to in London but then decided as we would be painting the town red we would get our hair done.  The places are endless that offer a blow dry style but we really liked The Parlour London.
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Having your hair styled before a night out is an affordable way to feel pampered without breaking the bank.  You won't lose a significant amount of time as most updos take around 20 minutes check out my detail review of The Parlour London
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Paint the town red

In Covent garden there are a number of bars to go to but I really recommend Dirty Martini Covent Garden branch for the hot spot to go to. I have been before for some delicious nibbles and a cheeky cocktail but not been for just a nice drink.  The staff were fantastic last time and once again made us feel special from the moment we walked in.  The cocktail list can be quite a challenge as deciding what you want to drink does take a significant amount of time!
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We are big fans of the martini cocktails especially chocolate martini and my favourite, french martini. There is another Dirty Martini in London but the Covent Garden one is situation in amongst all the action. 

Covent Garden is an ideal location for a girls weekend, all the hot spots are on your doorstep which also means you don't need to get taxis or last trains home.  

Have fun with you girls weekend and let me know what you decide to do!



  1. Looks like such a fun weekend! I love Covent Garden, we also have a Bills in Brighton, delicious food! Great idea to get your hair done before a night out, I've never thought to do that, it looked fab :)

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

    1. Thanks Lyndsay! Bill's was completely a happy accident! I'm sold with it now so will be going back. Yeah I love getting my hair done before a night out :)

  2. I am always in Covent Garden, it's the go-to place for drinks and food for me! My favourite cocktail bar in Covent Garden has to be either Dirty Martini as you said, or the rather hard-to-find Circus Bar :)

    Don't forget Sophie's steakhouse as well - this does some really lovely food and you can usually get a pre-theatre deal :) I'd also recommend a rather unique restaurant called Sarastro which has opera singers warbling away as you eat!

    1. Hey Jeni, thanks for your comment. Now Sarastro sounds good fun to me! Will be trying that out next time!

  3. You look beautiful in these photos Annie! I was n covent garden the other weekend and I loved staying there. Wish I went to Dirty Martini though!


    1. Aww thanks hun! You have to go... it's fab. A nice place to have a drink right in the action... the cocktails are delicious!


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