Covent Garden to reopen on June 15

One of London’s most loved shopping areas will be welcoming back customers with new social distancing measures in place

Covent Garden will be reopening on Monday June 15, with shops opening their doors for the first time since lockdown began, inclusive of new measures to create a safe environment for all. Retailers opening on that day include Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, Dior and Tiffany & Co., all having optimised their stores in line with Government guidelines on social distancing and with measures in place including marked queuing systems, social distancing signage and hand sanitiser.

Covent Garden will be home to innovative retail experiences with some of its fashion and beauty stores trialling new social-distanced customer services; offering customers both a safe physical experience as well as digitally enhanced shopping. British luxury leather accessories brand Mulberry will offer both one-on-one and virtual store appointments, Tiffany & Co. will be offering a dedicated concierge service, one-to-one tailored appointments, accompanied browsing, and virtual styling sessions, and Charlotte Tilbury will be running a click/call-and-collect service and will look to host their infamous masterclasses over Zoom in the upcoming weeks. 

A new one-way system has been introduced into Covent Garden’s iconic Market Building, alongside social distancing signage, to ensure shoppers can continue to enjoy the landmark setting safely. An estate-wide uniform approach to queuing has been introduced, and hand sanitiser stations will be available across the estate.

A new public seating area will also be installed for visitors to Covent Garden’s Piazza, allowing shoppers to sit within the historic area in safe, social distanced spacing, ahead of al fresco restaurants opening in the coming weeks. This, alongside the rest of the estate, will be cleaned regularly each day.

Covent Garden’s much loved restaurants are expected to open later this summer in line with guidelines, with al fresco dining options numerous throughout the estate. Until then SUSHISAMBA, Laduree, Din Tai Fung, Oystermen and more will continue to offer takeaway and collection services for anyone living in or visiting the area.

For further information on safety measures being undertaken throughout Covent Garden or on retailers visit www.coventgarden.london or visit the Covent Garden social channels @CoventGardenLDN

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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