This area was formerly home to London's fruit and vegetable market, which moved down to the New Covent Garden Market in ... More
This area was formerly home to London's fruit and vegetable market, which moved down to the New Covent Garden Market in Bermondsey. Today, it is a collection of stores that sell a variety of goods, from antiques and crafts to pictures and handmade clothing. There's also an open-air cobbled area where miming and juggling acts can occasionally be found. Musicians regularly play in the pretty courtyards around the market stalls. There are also a few places to eat lunch or grab an ice cream.
We visit Covent Garden at least once every time we visit London.
Our kids love the street performers, who frequently get volunteers from the audience to help with the show. My wife and I love browsing throught the stalls and shops for unusual gifts and mementos.
Something for everyone!
It should come as no surprise that the shops in Covent Garden are expensive. Everything in London is expensive. That's not the point, though. This central hub of activity is a fun place to people watch and drink in the atmosphere.
You'll find a variety of buskers (street performers) who'll entertain you in exchange for the change in your pocket. You'll see lots of colorful shops of all sorts-- from books to toys to high-end clothing. My first experience with the LUSH bath store was in Covent Garden-- it is fantastic (but not for those with allergies or sensitivity to smell).
Also close by are the London Transport Museum and the Theatre Museum.
There are some okay restaurants in the area, but I'd recommend doing your research and going farther afield for a really special meal.
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