Covent Garden Guide

Covent Garden Guide

Pic: Tim Bartel used under CC

One of central London’s biggest tourist areas, it’s sometimes hard to move as crowds gather around streets performers and wander around the market. It has a rich history in market culture, although these days it’s more geared towards tourism than everyday goods, but the area really comes into its own on a sunny day when people eat and drink outside.

It’s worth exploring the side streets, and nooks away from the main drag. Secluded down a small alleyway, Neal’s Yard feels like a seaside town, full of colourful, independent shops with brightly painted facades. If it all feels a bit concrete, St Paul’s Church also known as ‘The Actor’s Church’) has a small, pretty, bench-lined garden, which makes for an ideal lunchtime retreat, and the Seven Dials is home to independent shops, restaurants and cafés. The area is also home to the Royal Opera House, but don’t be intimidated by the ornate surroundings, day tickets can be bought for as little as £4 for all performances by The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera if you’re prepared to join the queue from 10am on the day of the performance.

Events in Covent Garden

Restaurants and cafés in Covent Garden

Entertainment in Covent Garden

Recommended hotels near Covent Garden