Covent Garden

Revered for its exuberant atmosphere, Covent Garden's iconic square and surrounding bars and museums provide around-the-clock entertainment.

Covent Garden’s central square remains this neighborhood’s primary attraction, but its fetching streetscape doesn’t end with its bustling marketplace. Street performers and food stalls share Covent Gardens’ iconic plaza and winding side streets with cheese shops, casual taverns, art museums, and opera houses that cater to those looking for less trafficked locales. You’ll watch, you’ll applaud, and you’ll pay your pocket change to the countless entertainers and diversions in this unyieldingly charming neighborhood.

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On the Map

Covent Garden is within The West End and bordered by Holborn, Soho, St. James's, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury, Westminster, City of Westminster, and LB of Camden

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 16 minute walk
The Tower of London: 25 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 60 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 60 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 10 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 8 minute walk

Street Performers Entertain the Crowds

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The Piazza is the heart of Covent Garden. Tourists, shoppers, meanderers, performers, passers-by, lovers, and friends crowd together in the neighborhood's famous square.

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Yes, that's a chainsaw in midair. Juggling balls is child's play.

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This street performer's next trick involves a unicycle.

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And some knives to juggle. Because juggling balls is child's play.

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Living statues stand among the bustling crowds between Covent Garden's tube station and its market.

World Class Cultural Attractions

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While away the time at Britain's National Portrait Gallery.

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Look through stylish binoculars as you enjoy a contemporary opera at the English National Opera.

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Don't miss the international hit War Horse at the New London Theatre on Drury Lane.

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Learn about London's transport system at the aptly named museum.

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We are in the heart of "theatre land", and all the restaurants and museums of London's West End are just a short stroll away. Seven Dials is now the premiere shopping area of Covent Garden with plenty of unique boutiques. The location is ideal for people who love the theatre and the other arts!"

Shopping In Covent Garden

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Covent Garden has a large selection of shops, from high-street brands to designer labels.

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Floral Street features numerous British designers, including Paul Smith, Ted Baker, and Nicole Farhi.

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If you share Britain's love for tea, take some time to stop into The Tea House.

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It stocks more than 70 teas, from classic Earl Grey to Japanese Genmaicha Green.

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The location is seriously fabulous, with tons of great shops, restaurants and pubs nearby. And as a single woman traveling, I always felt very safe."

Meghan

Visited in 2013

Seventh Heaven in Seven Dials

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Seven Dials consists of seven streets of independent shops, boutiques, cafes, traditional pubs, restaurants, and beauty salons.

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For a shoe that fits, head to boutique Poste Mistress.

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Stop for a pint at the pub, Two Brewers.

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[Next to Bedfordbury you'll find] Goodwins Court, a hidden gem. It has the only set of 18th Century bow windows left in London, plus genuine gas lamps that a lamplighter attends to every few days."

Dining and Drinks Before or After the Theatre

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Grab lunch, dinner, or a quick bite on Covent Garden Piazza.

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Or grab a quick pint at the neighborhood's numerous pubs.

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The Lamb and Flag is one of the oldest pubs in London.

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Photography

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After living his first twenty something years in the great land of Michigan, Tec Petaja traveled throughout central Asia, lived in Indiana and Hawaii, and finally found a home in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides with his wife.

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