London Guide: Ten Things To Do In Covent Garden. If you’re visiting London this area should be on your list. Once home to a famous fruit and vegetable market, you will find the beautiful Market Building and Piazza with designer boutiques and street performers. Read my Ten Things To Do In Covent Garden list to find out more.
Ten Things To Do In Covent Garden List
10 Things To Do In Covent Garden List
1. Browse the historic Covent Garden Market Building and Piazza
2. Rummage around the stalls at the Covent Garden Apple Market and Jubilee Market
3. Clap your hands to one of the Street Performers in the Piazza
4. Book tickets to a Covent Garden Theatre or The Royal Opera House
5. Eat a healthy lunch at Neal’s Yard Square
6. Explore the shopping streets in Covent Garden
7. Find out about the capital’s transport system at the London Transport Museum
8. See original James Bond vehicles at the London Film Museum
9. Learn how to dance at The Pineapple Dance Studio
10. Relax in the garden at St Paul’s Church
(Since writing this article the new food hall – Seven Dials Market has opened up)
Ten Things To Do In Covent Garden Details
Covent Garden Market Building and Piazza: This was once home to a historic fruit and veg market established by the Earl of Bedford in 1670. It relocated to Nine Elms and became the New Covent Garden Market in 1974. The building was revamped as a shopping, eating and drinking destination. It’s a fabulous place to explore because it is pedestrianised and set within a beautiful building with a splendid piazza outside. Visit Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop and the Moomin which are both adorable.
Covent Garden Market Building and Piazza
Covent Garden Apple Market: At The Apple Market you can treat yourself to a wonderful handmade scarf, necklace or art print from Tuesday to Sunday. On Mondays, the stalls sell antiques and vintage items. The East Colonnade traders sell confectionery, sweets, jewellery and more. Located nearby is Jubilee Market which is open every day of the week. On Monday you will find antiques and collectables. Tuesday to Friday there is a general market selling art prints, bags, London signage and souvenirs, bags and clothing. At the weekend arts and crafts are featured. Located at Tavistock Court, The Piazza, Covent Garden WC2E 8BD.
Covent Garden Apple Market
Covent Garden Piazza Street Performers: Covent Garden is famous for street performers. The tradition dates back to 1662 when Samuel Pepys wrote about Punch and Judy (you will notice that there is a Punch and Judy Pub overlooking the Piazza). You can watch jugglers, circus acts, clowns, singers, dancers and more. Be sure to clap your hands and if you like what you see give them some money for their efforts.
Covent Garden Piazza Street Performers
Covent Garden Theatres and The Royal Opera House: The area and nearby is home to many theatres (known as theatreland) so you can book tickets to a play, musical or The Royal Opera House. Plenty of restaurants offer pre-theatre meals so you can eat before the performance.
Covent Garden Theatres
Neal’s Yard Square: Locate this lovely courtyard which is named after the 17th-century developer called Thomas Neale. With colourful warehouse buildings and alfresco dining, you can enjoy a healthy lunch or fresh juice at the Wild Food Café or pizza at Homeslice if you’d prefer. Treat yourself to a massage at Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms. There is an alley between Shorts Gardens and Monmouth Street which takes you to the square.
Neal’s Yard Square
Covent Garden Shopping Streets: This area has plenty of streets to check out. A few of my favourites are Long Acre where you can find TK Maxx, & Other Stories, Arket and Allbirds. St Martins Courtyard is a small shopping centre with restaurants which can be accessed via Long Acre. Floral Street is home to Paul Smith, Agnes B, Free People, The Shop at Bluebird and the famous Tintin merchandise store. Neal Street is ideal for shoe shopping as you have Birkenstock, Superga, Offspring and other footwear specialists located there. At the end of the street, you can find the Astrology Shop where you can buy a horoscope reading. If you find Seven Dials there are seven streets which connect around a statue of Thomas Neale and these are worth exploring. Other shops to locate are Petersham Nurseries on King Street, Apple store at The Piazza and Aram for furniture located on Drury Lane.
London Transport Museum: Housed in a Grade II listed Flower Market building in Covent Garden Piazza. This charitable museum is dedicated to telling the story of London’s transport system. You can travel back in time 200 years to discover how important transport was to helping London evolve. Located at Covent Garden Piazza (South East Corner), London WC2E 7BB.
London Transport Museum
London Film Museum: If you’re a James Bond fan, this is the exhibition for you. Featuring more than a hundred original vehicles and artefacts from 24 Bond movies. You can buy Bond memorabilia at the gift shop after your tour. Located at 45 Wellington Street, Coven Garden, London WC2E 7BN.
London Film Museum
Pineapple Dance Studio: Founded in 1979 at a disused warehouse in Covent Garden by Debbie Moore OBE. You can learn how to dance tap, ballet and contemporary moves from the best teachers. Or you can book a rehearsal studio. Located at 7 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JA. The Pineapple shop is at St Martins Courtyard which is a short walk away.
Pineapple Dance Studio
St Paul’s Church: St Paul’s is fondly known as The Actors’ Church because of their long association with the theatre community in Covent Garden. It was built by Inigo Jones in 1633 who created the Italian style Piazza. There are benches in the garden which is a tranquil spot to escape the crowds. The church hosts services and it is worth taking a look inside.
St Paul’s Church
Ten Things To Do In Covent Garden Information
There is a tube station at Covent Garden which is on the Piccadilly Line. Other stations in walking distance are Holborn on the Central and Piccadilly Lines and Leicester Square on the Northern and Piccadilly Lines. Covent Garden is located on the eastern edge of the West End between Charing Cross and Drury Lane. We found some interesting independent eateries located on New Row. Due to open shortly at Thomas Neal’s Warehouse is a food hall by Kerb (this has now opened, read my article: Kerb Opens Seven Dials Market Covent Garden). For historic information read the Wikipedia Covent Garden page. To see more pictures take a look at my Love Covent Garden Pinterest Board. Enjoy your visit.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.
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