Everything you need to know about WC2E, a stylish and fashionable part of London with a wide selection of restaurants, theatres and shops.


The most iconic WC2E restaurant is certainly Rules, the restaurant established in 1798 specialising in serving classic, decadent British cuisine in elegant Edwardian surroundings. Rules is the oldest restaurant in London, and specialises in classic game, oysters, pies and puddings. If you are looking to experience British cuisine at its most spectacular, Rules is certain not to disappoint. The tuxedoed waiting staff add to the sense of occasion. Whilst Rules does not require a jacket and tie, the dress code is smart dress.

Other unmissable restaurants in WC2E include Frog by Adam Handling, a flagship restaurant serving London-inspired British food (34 – 35 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HG) and the Covent Garden Blacklock (16a Bedford Street, WC2E 9HE).


Despite only covering 0.06 square miles (0.15 square kilometres), the area of WC2E has rightfully earnt the reputation of one of London’s most desirable and stylish locations. The most famous part of WC2E is undoubtedly Covent Garden, renowned for luxury fashion, beauty stores, theatres and upscale restaurants. WC2E is located in the West End of London, and covers the regions of Westminster, Camden and City of London as well as Harringey and Islington.


WC2E might be small, but it is home to a diverse selection of activites and experiences.

What area is WC2E?

WC2E is in the north-east of Greater London, and comes under the local authority of the City of London, Westminster Council.

What does WC stand for in the postcode?

The WC postcode covers the West Central London commercial districts, and is the postcode for Covent Garden, Holborn, Bloomsbury and St Pancras among others.


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The home of Opera in the UK, the Royal Opera House is a >2,000 capacity performing arts venue that first opened in 1732 as the ‘Theatre Royal’.

The Royal Opera House is a grade i listed building steeped in history. Having first presented ballet, the first season of operas were by written by famous conductor George Frideric Handel. Many of Handel’s operas and oratorios were written specifically for the Covent Garden theatre.

Whilst the original, and indeed the second theatre to stand on the site burnt down following fires in 1808 and 1856, the contemporary Royal Opera House is still a beautifully imposing historical venue to enjoy a night of culture and sophistication.


London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum, located in The Piazza, WC2E 7BB, documents the link between the growth of London and the ever-evolving transportation that propelled the locals.

Showcasing transport icons such as the iconic red London bus and the first ever tube map design, the London Transport Museum is a fascinating insight into a time gone by.

It isn’t just a hub for travel enthusiasts. The Design for Travel features pioneering advertising posters and artwork.


The iconic Lyceum Theatre is one of the quintessential West End theatres. First opened in 1765, the Lyceum Theatre has had an exuberant history of culture and art. The building’s unique feature is that the balcony overhangs the dress circle.

Since 1999, the theatre has hosted the mesmerising theatrical production of The Lion King, the stage musical adaption featuring music from Elton John and Tim Rice.

The Lyceum Theatre is located on Wellington Street, WC2E 7RQ.


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