The well-loved heart of London has launched a 6 month programme of public art installations, pop-up bars, outdoor performance and culture.

Famous for its dining offering, Covent Garden will unveil a new open air scheme across the estate to expand its al fresco offer to over 800 outdoor seatsacross more than 35restaurants. The scheme will span seven streets as well as the historic Piazza, offering weatherproof drinking and dining options for visitors, with heaters, lighting, large parasols and windbreak screens.

This spring Covent Garden will also welcome five new openings including leading Swiss watch retailer Buchererreopening in a new location having doubled the size of its store, fine jewellery brand Vashi, outdoor apparel brand Arc’teryx, designer accessories brand Strathberryand premium piercing parlour and gold jewellery boutique Sacred Goldwhich will all welcome shoppers on the estate in the coming months. These new openings further cement Covent Garden’s position as one of London’s most exciting locations for open-air shopping.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a six-week-long street food festival, from Thursday 8th April to Sunday 16th May, from Feast It, offering a changing weekly roster of street food pop ups. From Monday to Sunday each week pop ups including British Street Food Award winners Utter Waffle, Bubble Bros, TheBarrow, Milktree Gelato, The Smoky Gaucho and Hermanos Tacos Housewillopen up on Covent Garden’s Piazza. The Little Orange Van, Beetle Juiceand Kuka Coffeewill also be serving cocktails and drinks for everyone to enjoy al fresco.