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Things to do in Covent Garden

November 11, 2010

Covent Garden has always been a special place to me as my parents used to take us there each year for Christmas shopping and it has lovely memories attached. I love staying in Covent Garden Hotels, finding new restaurants to eat at (Sophies Steakhouse is THE BOMB if you ever visit), seeing all the fun street acts and of course, shopping!

Covent Garden Market. Sitting at the heart of Covent Garden – the market is one of London’s most recognisable attractions. The beautiful market hall with its glass roof dates back to the 19th century, but the piazza itself actually dates back to the 17th century – FUN FACT, making it the oldest planned square in London. Personally, I love the “feel” of Covent Garden market. Even though the shops are high street brands, they are all so quaint and small that they feel different as well as the independent market stalls where you can find all kinds of lovely things.

London Film Museum. The London Film Museum is a great stop while exploring the area. Inside the museum, you can see many costumes and accessories from famous and recognisable films. There’s also information about how films have been made over the years. Since 2014, the museum has been home to a ‘temporary’ exhibition that features the vehicles from the James Bond films. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon, so there’s still time to catch the famous cars. I think its probably one of the most reasonably priced attractions in London as tickets are £14.50 for an adult and £9.50 for children under 15 (under 5 are free).

Tips for Covent Garden:

  • Public transport is definitely the way to get to Covent Garden (as with most of London!) The area’s not that big, so everything is in easy walking distance.
  • The atmosphere in Covent Gardens changes from day-to-night. If you can, time your visit so that you can experience both sides of the area.
  • Skip the heels – those Victorian-esque cobbled streets can prove fatal to your favourite pair. Walking shoes are the way to go.

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