Covent Garden Leisure & Recreation

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Covent Garden is the most vibrant part of central London with leisure activities to suit all pockets and tastes from pubs and bars, opera, ballet and theatre, cinema and comedy, gressy spoons and fine dining.

8.1 General Information
8.2 Community Centres
8.3 Health & Sport
8.4 Museums & Galleries
8.5 Cinemas & Theatres
8.6 Restaurants & Pubs
8.7 Parks & Gardens
8.8 Libraries
8.9 Allotments
8.10 Local Groups & Societies
8.11 Hotels:


Councils provide information on special leisure activities, discounts and events held throughout the year:

Camden Leisure Services
100 Euston Road, NW1.
278 4444.

Westminster Leisure Services
City Hall,
Victoria Street, SW1.
641 2529.

Camden Leisure Card Information
911 1517.
Leisure Cards can be obtained from Holborn Library, Theobalds Road or The Oasis, Endell Street. Proof of identity and residence and a passport photograph required.

Westminster ResCard Information
641 3287.
ResCard application forms available from Charing Cross Road Library (or telephone the Information line). Send the form, with proof of residence and a passport photograph to:
ResCard Application Office,
PO Box 240,
City Hall,
Victoria Street SW1.

Camden provide a Concession Card for disabled persons to use facilities within the Borough regardless of residence. 278 4444.


The Community Centres listed offer a wide range of activities throughout the day and evening. Telephone to confirm events.

Covent Garden Community Centre
46 Earlham Street.
240 0443.

Pensioners Luncheon Club & Food Co-op, Pensioners Bingo & Keep Fit, Pre-school Playgroup, Parent & Toddler Group, Summer and Easter Play Schemes, Women's Keep Fit, WMA singers, Flamenco dancing, photography group, film club, Apples & Snakes Performance Poetry and the Seven Dials Club (members and guests bar only - membership application forms available from the centre). Hall can be hired for private functions, meetings and parties.

Bengali Cultural Association
Dryburgh Hall,
Alderney Street, SW1.
828 3360.

Advice and counselling, under fives and youth groups, adult classes and cultural activities.

Bishop Ho Ming Wah Association & Chinese Social Centre
Basement, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church.
925 0755.

Advisory and translation services, English classes, Tai Chi and children's story telling.

Chinese Community Centre
2nd floor,
44 Gerrard Street, W1.
439 3822.

Social activities, children's play scheme, activities for the elderly, small library.

Holborn Performing Arts Centre
Three Cups Yard,
Sandland Street, WC1.
405 5334.

Dance, ballet and acting, Courses and Workshops 9am-9.30pm.

Holborn Community Centre
Bedford House,
35 Emerald Street, WC1.
405 2370.

Under fives activities, sports groups including badminton and keep fit, women's groups, girls' youth project, language classes.

Millman Street Community Centre
50 Millman Street, WC1.
405 2493.

Day centre and lunch club for the elderly, and activities for those with disabilities.

London Women's Centre
Wesley House,
4 Wild Court.
831 6946.

Various training, cultural, sporting and leisure activities for women.


Cannons Health Club
Odhams Walk,
Endell Street.
London WC2H 9SA
240 2446.

Swimming Pool, Hydrotherapy Spa, Aerobics Studios, Gymnasium, Spinning, Studio, Sauna, Sunbeds, Physiotherapists.

Central Club (YWCA)
16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1.
637 8131.

Indoor swimming pool , Junior life-saving classes, Water Exercises & Basic Canoeing. Crèche. Membership £30 per annum, plus £2.50 per child per session on Tues, Weds, Thurs 10-12noon.

Centrepoint Snooker Club and Gymnasium
New Oxford Street, WC1.
240 6880.

Open 24hrs for snooker, men's gymnasium, sauna and jacuzzi.

Covent Garden Health Spa
29 Endell Street.
836 2236.

Sauna, sunbeds, massage, aromatherapy, acumassage, satellite TV, coffee bar.
Tue to Sun men only.
Mon women only.

Durham House,
Durham House Street.
839 4646.

Gym at The Sanctuary
12 Floral Street.
240 0695.

Sauna, sunbeds, massage, swimming pool, whirlpool, beauty treatments, refreshments. Women only.

Hatha Yoga Covent Garden
Neal's Yard meeting Room, 14 Neal's Yard
Rachel Saunders: discoveryoga@btinternet.com

Inner Space
36 Shorts Gardens. WC2H 9AB
Meditation and personal development centre, we offer books, cassettes, magazines. Also there is a Quiet Room for people to relax and meditate. Free courses and lectures are available.

Jubilee Sports Hall
30 The Piazza.
836 4835.
Mon - Fri: 7am - 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am - 5pm

Gym, circuit training, martial arts, weight training, basket ball, five-a-side football, badminton, aerobics, yoga, sauna, sunbeds and beauty treatment. Various memberships available, from 1 day to 1 year.

Marshall Street Leisure Centre
14-16 Marshall Street, W1.
287 1022.

Indoor swimming pool, Aqua Aer-eau-bics and life saving courses, Cardiovascular Gym, Circuit Training, Aerobics, Yoga, Body toning, Sunbeds and Sauna. Various types of membership available including Corporate Membership. Clinic for sports injuries offering access to physiotherapy
439 4678.

Neal's Yard Agency of Personal Development
14 Neal's Yard.
379 0141.

Organises courses and workshops on personal development themes including yoga, tai chi, acupressure and caligraphy.

Oasis Sports Centre
32 Endell Street.
831 1804.

Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, sunbeds, multi-gym, massage, squash, badminton, martial arts, aerobics, fitness training and testing classes. Laundry. Other sporting clubs also meet at the Oasis.
Mon-Fri 7.30am-9pm;
Sat & Sun 9.30am-5pm.
Last admissions thirty minutes before pool closes.

Soho Athletic Club
10 Macklin Street.
242 1290.

Urdang Academy of Ballet and Performing Arts
20-22 Shelton Street.
836 5010.

Day and evening dance classes


Advertising Archives
150 Southampton Row, WC1.
837 4426.

British Museum
Great Russell Street, WC1.
636 1555.

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
33 The Market.
379 7961.

Courtauld Institute
Somerset House, Strand.
848 2526.


Eastern Art Gallery
Bloomsbury Way, WC1.
430 1072.

Le Chat Noir
35 Albemarle Street, W1.
495 6710.

London Transport Museum
The Piazza.
379 6344.


National Gallery
Trafalgar Square.
839 3321.

National Portrait Gallery
St Martins Place.
306 0055.

Photographer's Gallery
5 Great Newport St.
831 1772.


Pollock's Toy Museum
1 Scala Street, W1.
636 3452.

Quaker Gallery
52 St Martins Lane.
836 7204.

Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly W1.
439 7438.

Sir John Soanes Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn.
405 2107.


Theatre Museum
Russell Street.
836 7891.

The Witchball
2 Cecil Court.
836 2922.

Zelda Cheatle Photography Gallery
8 Cecil Court.
836 0506.


Shaftesbury Avenue, W1.
836 6279.

Curzon West End
93 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1.
439 4805.

Leicester Square.
437 1234.

Goethe Institute
Prince's Gate, SW7.
581 3344.

Rupert Street, W1.
437 0757.

135 Shaftesbury Avenue.
836 8861.

National Film Theatre
South Bank, SE1.
928 3232.

Prince Charles
Leicester Place.
437 8181.

UCI Empire
Leicester Square.
734 8222.

Warner Brothers
Leicester Square.
494 3001.

Odeon West End
Leicester Square (South side).
315 4221.

Odeon Leicester Square
Leicester Square (East side).
315 4215.

The Theatres Trust
22 Charing Cross Road.
836 8591.

Campaigns to ensure the survival of West End and national theatres and welcomes support.
Save London's Theatres Campaign
Guild House,
Upper St Martin's Lane.
379 6000.

Society of London Theatre
32 Rose Street.
836 0971.

Half Price Theatre Tickets:
The official half-price ticket booth is located on the south side of Leicester Square. Tickets available on day of performance, cash only.
To avoid long queue, arrive early (morning for matinees, early afternoon for evening performances).

344 0055.

St Martins Lane.
369 1730.

416 6003.

West Street.
565 5000.

6 Great Newport Street.
836 2132.

Earlham Street.
240 7664.

Donmar Warehouse
Earlham Street.
369 1732.

269 Tottenham Court Road, W1.
416 6001.

Catherine Street.
494 5075.

Duke of York's
St Martins Lane.
836 9834.

English National Opera
33 St Martin's Lane.
632 8300/836 0111.

Russell Street.
836 2238.

2 Charing Cross Road.
494 5085.

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane.
632 8300.

New London
Drury Lane.
404 4079.

110 Charing Cross Road.
369 1733.

Northumberland Avenue.
839 4401.

Royal National
South Bank, SE1.
928 2252.

Royal Opera House
Bow Street.
240 1200.

Standby tickets
212 9526.

Sadlers Wells
Rosebery Avenue, EC1.
713 6000.

Savoy Strand.
836 8888.

210 Shaftesbury Avenue.
379 5399.

St Martin's
West Street.
836 1443.

930 8800.

Theatre Royal
Drury Lane Catherine Street.
836 3687.

The Unicorn Theatre for Children has moved from Great Newport Street. It no longer has a venue/theatre premises, but is still a functioning theatre company. They now have administrative offices in North London.
Admin Offices, St. Mark's Studios, Chillingworth Road, London N7 8QJ
Tel: 020 7700 0702, Fax: 020 7700 3870

E-mail: admin@unicorntheatre.com
URL: www.unicorntheatre.com

404 Strand.
836 9987.

Charing Cross Road.
369 1746.

West End Theatre Gift Tokens
32 Rose Street.
836 0971.


Please see the new Pubs and restaurants in Covent Garden page.


Phoenix Phoenix Garden
Covent Garden Open Spaces Association,
21 Stacey Street.
379 3187.

Garden and children's play area with swings, slides and sandpit. Activities and play schemes arranged throughout the year. No dogs.

Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2.
Park Manager 911 1693.
Tennis Court Bookings 0468 808414.

Drury Lane Playground.
Park manager
641 5264.

Hyde Park W1.
298 2100.
Boating, fishing, bathing and boat hire on the Serpentine, children's playground, speakers' corner and many special events throughout the year.

Regents Park NW1.
486 7905.
Boating lake, ornamental gardens and fountains, weekend kite-flying, military bands, children's playground, summer puppet shows, open-air theatre and zoo. Contact the above number for football pitch hire application form; one weeks notice.

St James's Park SW1.
930 1793.
Bird Sanctuary on Duck Island and a children's playground to the south of the lake.


Holborn Library
32-38 Theobalds Road, WC1.
413 6345/6.

Ground floor enquiries:
413 6345/6346.
Second floor enquiries:
413 6342.
Children's library, books, audio cassettes, CDs, records, talking books and videos.
Mon & Thurs 10am-7pm; Tue & Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Wed & Sun Closed.
Local Studies Archives
413 6342.

Charing Cross Library
4 Charing Cross Road.
641 2058.

Children's library, books, audio cassettes, CDs, records, talking books and videos. Extensive Chinese section. Mon-Fri 9.30am-7pm; Sat 9.30am-1pm; Sun closed.

Both local libraries offer services for senior citizens who are unable to get to the library: Camden Mobile & Home Library Service
for disabled persons.
281 2546.
Telephone to arrange an appointment. Books, videos, cassettes, magazines and jigsaw puzzles.

Westminster Home Library Service
641 3706.

Westminster Mobile Library
641 1015.
At the Peabody Estate, Wild Street on Tue 10am-10.45am.

Westminster Central Reference Library
35 St Martin's Street.
641 2034.

Information and reference works; fine arts, business, on-line access to databases, official publications, performing arts.

British Library
96 Euston Road, NW1.
636 1544.


Camden Leisure Services Department
278 4444 x4393.
There are no allotments in Westminster.

100 miles of river and canal bank fishing through the London Angler's Association.
Apply to:
Camden Town Hall Leisure Services
Euston Road, NW1.
278 4444 ext 2005.

Camden Senior Citizens can obtain free membership.
Westminster does not provide fishing information.

WATERWAYS National Rivers Agency
30 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TL.
820 0101.

River Thames Enquiries:(01734) 535000.

National Rivers Association
0181 310 5500.

River Thames Society Central Tideway.
0181 788 0655.


Actors Centre
1 Tower Street.
240 3940.

Age Concern
Odhams Walk.
240 5733.

Bow Street Runners
c/o Covent Garden Community Centre
46 Earlham Street.
240 0443.

Covent Garden Area Trust
44 Maiden Lane.
497 9245.

Covent Garden Area Youth Club
240 0443.
Tue and Thurs evenings at Covent Garden Community Centre.

Covent Garden Community Association
21 Macklin Street.
836 3355.

email: info@coventgarden.org.uk

Garrick Club
(members only)
Garrick Street.
836 1737.

National Farmers' Union
Agriculture House
164 Shaftesbury Avenue.
331 7200.

Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street.
240 4810.

Covent Garden Salmagundi Cricket Club
240 3646.
Yearly report

Religious Society of Friends Westminster
Friends' Meeting House
52 St Martin's Lane.
836 7204.

The clubs listed below can be contacted through:
The City Lit
Keeley House,
Keeley Street.
430 0546.

Chancery Singers, City Philharmonic Choral Society, Chandos Chamber Choir, London Concord Singers, City Lit Music Theatre Chorus, London Light Opera, City Lit Show Singers, London Orpheus Choir, City Lit Stage Big Band, Priory Festival Choir, City Opera.


Please see Hotels in Covent Garden for the latest details.

One Aldwych
1 Aldwych.
300 7000

Covent Garden Hotel
10 Monmouth Street.
806 1000

Drury Lane Moat House
10 Drury Lane.
208 9988

Fielding Hotel
4 Broad Court.
836 8305

Jubilee Hotel
10 Upper St Martin's Lane.
240 1373

Radisson Mountbatten Hotel
20 Monmouth Street.
836 4300

Seven Dials Hotel
7 Monmouth Street.
681 0791

Strand Palace Hotel
372 Strand.
836 8080

Waldorf Meridian
836 2400