Ordinary London | Covent Garden & The Grind Cafè Review

Happy 2017 fellow readers!

The first post of the year is ready and it couldn’t be more suited starting the year with this post, since I’m talking (once again) about the city of my heart, my dear London 😍 Just before leaving for our Christmas break  Yassmine and I spent a lovely afternoon walking around Covent Garden area to share with you another zone of London through our “Ordinary London” series 😉


I recently discovered that the name “Covent Garden” is actually a mangling, the real name was “Covent Garden” since there was situated the garden of a covent. While nowadays it’s one of the most visited attractions in London both for the famous handmade items market positioned insiede  of a pretty structure made with red bricks and a glased roof and for the Royal Opera Hose positioned near there.


Also, with the years it became a quite refined area and while walking around you’ll notice there are many boutiques and famous restaurants. Despite this though, Covent Garden is also a quite handy place where to spend a cozy afternoon drinking tea indeed on the ground floor of the main building you’ll find many tea or wine tasting places where if you decide to stay there, you’ll defintely have that “Oh yes, I’m in London” feeling.


Watching some street performers exhibitions is also a common thing to do there from musicians to dancers and actors, London, and especially Covent Garden is the perfect place where to enjoy talented people sharing their passions through their shows! And if you happen to be there during Christmas time, the decorations are definitely worth a look!


If after a while you’re there you feel like a coffee or tea break but not surrounded by a mass of tourists, The Grind Cafe is just a few meters near the market but positione in a not busy street! The Grind is actually a chain of cafes but once inside you’ll immediately get in that chill mood.

I love the fact they have homemade food (sandwiches, cakes, cookies and more) and their smoothies are very fresh and instantly made!

The internal decor is perfectly in tone with the general atmosphere, minimal but effective. The hot drinks might need a little improvement (or maybe it’s just that Yassmine and I are two Italian girls with high standards when it comes to coffee 😄) but overall we would go back!

Click here to see the video Yassmine made about our lovely last afteroon of 2016 in London!

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  • Reply Giulia

    Oh God! One of my favorite places in London! x

    03/01/2017 at 23:04
  • Reply Debbie

    Lisa I love your post, especially these photos! Made me feel like I’m in London. 🙂 I really appreciate your enthusiasm for this city.

    Sending you many blessings, my friend. Hope you had a wonderful new years’ celebration.

    ps – NEAT desserts at the cafe (chocolate is so good)

    04/01/2017 at 4:52
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you Debbie!! Yes, my celebrtion was very nice! Hope yours were enjoyable as well! 🙂

      04/01/2017 at 19:42
  • Reply Jenny

    Oh my, anything homemade is like music to my ears! The pictures you took to showcase the Covent Garden are so wonderful, it looks like such a sweet place to just frolic through!

    xo, JJ

    04/01/2017 at 22:10
  • Reply sileas

    That, again, was a very nice personal tour through London – maybe 2017 is finally the year where I get to visit it?! 😉 Wishing you a happy new year!

    06/01/2017 at 12:27
  • Reply Zorica

    Amazing photo selection.
    Love your writing.

    06/01/2017 at 17:00
  • Reply Curlygirlabroad

    I loved this post! Great pictures 🙂

    06/01/2017 at 18:30
  • Reply Maya

    I travel a lot (only to the US and once I visited Cayman), and I can say that these pictures definitely made me feel as if I was actually visiting London, a place I’ve never been to, but hope to travel to soon. I really enjoyed reading the post as well. Listening to other people talk about their travels and experiences makes me feel like my life isn’t so boring since I can experience stuff through their eyes!


    08/01/2017 at 0:43
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh thank you Maya for this lovely comment! Yes I totally agree, in a certain way reading other people experience it’s like travelling! 🙂

      12/01/2017 at 10:11
  • Reply Dakota D.

    I’ve been wanted to go visit London for ages now and this post makes me want to go even more. Especially that cafe!

    Dakota D.
    Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter: @missdsquared413

    11/01/2017 at 1:21
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh I’m so glad to hear this Dakota! I hope you’ll manage to come here soon, it’a a wonderful city!

      12/01/2017 at 10:09
  • Reply kingajpg

    I love exploring Covent Garden, even though I’ve already been there countless number of times I love it every time! Surprisingly I never actually been to this cafe, will definitely have to go in the next time I’m there. Thanks for this great post – so happy I found your blog your posts are amazing, definitely following you girl!

    12/01/2017 at 20:09
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Yes me too! One of the many reasons why I love London is that despite you go in a same place more than once there’s always something new to notice/discover! 🙂
      Oh thank you, so kind of you! 🙂

      14/01/2017 at 20:52
  • Reply Where in the World

    I love Covent garden! Great post, great photos!

    13/01/2017 at 12:56
  • Reply Charlotte Amanda

    I’m off to London next weekend and Covent Garden is definitely on my to do list! Lovely post X

    16/01/2017 at 23:31
  • Reply Image Earth Travel

    Great post and photos!
    Many thanks for stopping by and following my Travel and Photography site. 🙂

    20/02/2017 at 20:34
  • Reply Frances

    Great post! I like the street performers in Covent Garden as well, especially the guy who dresses up entirely in silver and proceeds to ‘sit’ on thin air for a few hours! Those cakes look super good too!

    21/02/2017 at 21:57
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