Visit Covent Garden
Covent Garden has a range of everything we love about London – whether you are looking to shop ‘til you drop or just have a pleasant stroll and grab a coffee and a bite to eat. Covent Garden has an eclectic mix of designer outlets and cute market stalls all in a picturesque setting.
Summer months in Covent Garden consist of tourists laden with shopping bags and taking pictures, but it is during the Christmas period when it really comes alive with decorations lining the streets and the main square shop windows glistening with bright displays.
Covent Garden has been around since the 1500s when it was acquired by Henry VIII. It was in the 1600s when Covent Garden came into its own with the construction of the Italianate arcaded square which was famously built by Inigo Jones. It was then that the fruit and vegetable markets arrived, soon followed by the various theatres and taverns that surround the market.
The neo-classical building that covers up the markets was built in 1830 and other buildings such as the Charter Market, Floral Hall and the Jubilee Market were added to the area. It was also during the 1800s that the markets were relocated to the new Covent Garden Market, and the area we now know and love as Covent Garden was transformed into the beautiful district it is today.
Covent Garden Highlights
Covent Garden’s epicentre is its Market Piazza, this area is almost certainly going to be flooded with tourists, locals and of course the now famous street performers that have become so synonymous with the square. So common are the performers now that it is estimated that there can be up to 200 visitors watching them at one time.
Jubilee market when visiting Covent Garden is a must, it is here you can find all you need from antiques to food products, you can even pick up arts and crafts and the odd souvenir. Covent Garden caters for every budget so if you fancy splashing the cash a bit more it is host to a number of big names, especially in the beauty and cosmetic departments, with the likes of Dior, Tom Ford and Chanel gracing the surrounding streets.
But how can you mention Covent Garden without the most famous of all attractions the Royal Opera House, built in 1809 close to the North Piazza. Throughout the year performances are held here ranging from ballet to opera.
- To really get a feel of Covent Garden visit once in the day and again at night.
- The area is prone to pick-pockets so be aware at all times.
- Get exclusive discounts with the Strand Palace on museum entries including the London Film Museum and Covent Garden’s finest retailers.
Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT
The nearest station is Covent Garden, seconds away from the main market building at the end of James Street.
Other underground stations which are close by include Leicester Square (a five-minute walk away) and Charing Cross (Six-minute walk away)
Reach Covent Garden via routes RV1, 9, 13, 15, 23, 139, and 153.
The nearest station is Charing Cross, six-minute walk away.