Covent garden and the
Temple make a great contrast: Covent Garden's market and Piazza
are full of pubs, bars and restaurants (see our food and drink
section for details), while the Temple area houses the beautiful
Inns of Court - an oasis of 17th C calm beside the river. Make
sure you visit the Temple
Church. Somerset House, on the Strand is one of the newest
'grands projects' - housing the Courtauld Gallery, the (St
Petersburg) Hermitage Museum and the Gilbert Collection as well as
restaurants and coffee bars - a great place for coffee outside on
a sunny day.
There's also the Freemason's Temple on Great Queen Street , the
Actor's Church in the middle of the Piazza, Seven Dials' trendy
new-age shopping, London's best small theatre: the Donmar
Warehouse, the warren of old passageways round Dicken's favourite
pub, the Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street, Dr Johnson's House and
at the area's northern tip, Bloomsbury and the British Museum.
Tube: Charing Cross or Covent Garden.