The Covent Garden area (bordered on the southern edge by the Strand) is the more upscale and cultural counterpoint to nearby Soho. It's home to numerous restaurants, bars, shops, and theaters, and visitors flock here (especially on the weekends) to peruse up-and-coming designer boutiques along Monmouth Street, visit the large shopping mall at Central Market, attend performances at the many theaters and the Royal Opera House, and check out cultural spots such as the centuries-old St. Paul's Church.
The Strand, where the theaters, shops, hotels, and restaurants are concentrated, runs along the Thames River. The area is often very crowded, and understandably so. Somerset House, a beautiful old building which houses numerous galleries, is on the southern side of the Strand, and the Embankment Gardens overlook the Thames.
Covent Gardens does not have many hotels, but the hotels that are in the area are all top-notch (with prices which reflect that). The majority of the hotels are concentrated along the Strand, putting visitors close to restaurants, theaters, and culutural sights. Many hotels have rooms featuring views overlooking the Thames.
April - June
Yes, for nationalities included in the Visa nationals list
230 V, 50 Hz
Not expected, but 10-15% is appreciated for good service