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The Top Things to do in Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden always appears on the “must visit” list of tourists to London and is also popular with the locals who are drawn there by its great variety of leisure activities. There are so many things to do in the area that we have compiled a list of the top things to do within the vicinity of Covent Garden.

Covent Garden Apple Market Photo: Neil Howard on Flickr

Covent Garden Apple Market

The Covent Garden Markets

Covent Garden is possibly most famous for its market which has reputedly been in existence since around since 1654. The original fruit and vegetable market (New Covent Garden Market) has now moved out of the area and relocated to an area called Nine Elms but it has been replaced with the Covent Garden market we have today. Apple Market is housed in a stunning nineteenth century, colonnaded piazza and stocks a wide variety of items from jewellery and toys to stationary and ties. Many of the items will provide something a little different to what you can get on the high street so you are bound to find a quirky gift to take home.

Jubilee Market in the South Piazza sells items that fall more into the antique category. If antiques are your thing then head there on a Monday for the antiques market. Saturdays and Sundays sees around 200 stalls open which are generally aimed at arts and crafts. The Real Food Market occurs every Thursday where you can get your hands on treats such as homemade cakes and macaroons, fresh olives and specialty breads.

Piazza Covent Garden Photo: SPakhrin on Flickr

Piazza Covent Garden

Shopping in Covent Garden

Covent Garden is also famous for its shops. Although there are high street brands there they are generally higher end suppliers and fit with the hip image that surrounds the area. For fans of designer ware you will be spoilt for choice. Brands such as Chanel, Paul Smith, Mulberry and Burberry sit alongside more regular high street favourites such as Reiss and Jigsaw. For the more adventurous out there you can peruse outdoor shops such as Cotswold Outdoor and Field & Trek. If you fancy a mid-afternoon snack then you could treat yourself to some macaroons from Laudrée. You could get a box to take away but why not sit in and take advantage of their champagne or savoury snacks.

Shopping in Covent Garden Photo: Alison Fancon

Shopping in Covent Garden

Museums near Covent Garden

The British Museum is one of the top museum attractions and it is only a short walk from Covent Garden. In a world dominated by money you might be pleased to hear that it is free to get in and there are free tours and talks during the day. This makes it an ideal choice if you are travelling with a large family as individual entrance prices quickly add up. The museum houses a variety of artefacts from a range of locations and eras and often has exhibitions on which you may be required to pay extra for. Recent exhibitions include the Vikings and some beautiful Egyptian mummies. Due to the popularity of some exhibitions it might be worth pre-booking tickets rather than being disappointed on the day. If you are visiting with children they will often put free events on such as object handling, art tasks and museum trails. This is bound to spark the interest of any little explorer!!! If transport is more your thing then head to the London Transport Museum which has buses, trams and railway carriages on display.

London Transport Museum Photo: Snapshooter46 on Flickr

London Transport Museum in Covent Garden

See a show in the Theatres near Covent Garden

Covent Garden is bursting at the seams with theatres so it is hard to choose which one to go to. The Theatre Royal is one of the largest theatres in Covent Garden and has hosted some of the most famous shows. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Matilda might appeal to children (and adults!) or perhaps a tear jerker such as The Bodyguard or War Horse would be preferable. No matter what you choose to see you will be amazed and with two Royal boxes you never know who you might see there! The Aldwych Theatre is worth visiting just to see its stunning façade and was home to The Royal Shakespeare Company for a number of years. If there is a certain show that you would like to see then it is probably best to research the show and find out which theatre it will be on at as there are so many theatres in the area that it would be a shame to miss out on your favourite show.

War Horse theatre in Covent Garden Photo: Andy Roberts on Flickr

War Horse theatre in Covent Garden

Your theatre visit might keep you up late so what could be better than staying in your own luxury apartment in the vicinity of Covent Garden so you don’t need to worry about getting a bus or the underground. Rather than stressing about heading “home” you could enjoy a few post theatre drinks or even head to a club completing your weekend.

If you fancy a trip to London be sure not to miss out on the delights of Covent Garden just be prepared for a positive assault on all your senses!

This article was brought to you by London Serviced Apartments who provide luxury serviced apartments in a variety of prestigious locations across London, including Covent Garden.

Photo Credits: Apple Market by Neil Howard, Shopping by Alison Sanfacon, Piazza Covent Garden by SPakhrin, London Transport Museum by Snapshooter46, War Horse by Andy Roberts

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4 Comments

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    Savi of Bruised Passports
    June 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Love Covent Garden- you should try Shake Shack from scrumptious burgers 🙂
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    Kathryn Burrington
    June 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Love Covent Garden, especially at Christmas with its giant Christmas tree and huge red baubles hanging in Apple Market. Great place for photography too but I haven’t yet visited either of the museums you mention so I must put that right before too long.
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    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    June 12, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I love Covent Garden and will certainly visit the The Real Food Market on Thursday’s when I’m there next month. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels 🙂
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    Mobbo
    March 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Great tips Heather! Everyone loves to complain about the price of London, but being such a big and diverse city certainly helps quell some of the costs. I wrote about my favorite free things to do in London as well: – https://mobbotaxi.co.uk/10-free-things-to-do-in-london

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