Covent Garden
Covent Garden
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Filled with restaurants, bars, markets and boutiques, London's premier tourist center offers fabulous shopping by day, and the destination of theatergoers and patrons of the Royal Opera House by night.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 3 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
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  • ladytwinpeaks
    Kent, United Kingdom73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of street entertainers, atmosphere was great.
    Stopped off at Covent Gardens and was entertained by various entertainers, had a bite to eat and drink from one of many options available. The undercover stalls were selling a great choice of different items. Very busy with lots of people enjoying a bit of sunshine at the weekend. The Tube station was convenient access to all London stations
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, Missouri7,500 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lunch & Shopping Stop on our City Tour
    Based on the rapid pace of the morning portion of our day-long City of London bus tour, the tour guide instructed our driver to park near Covent Garden where a variety of eateries can be found in & around the historic market space. My wife & I had packed a lunch in case the tour schedule was compressed, so we enjoyed our sandwiches & crisps at one of several colorful picnic tables on the outdoor East Piazza. Luckily we ate before we shopped, because we finished our last bite just minutes prior to a crew picking up & moving the tables to another spot in the Piazza. The crowd wasn’t overly large on a sunny early summer week day, but the atmosphere was lively. The shops on the Covent Garden property range from private vendor stalls to high-end name brand luxury goods stores. We restricted our browsing to the individual vendor wares, where my wife picked up a small gift for her sister back home. The variety of food & drink places should satisfy just about any visitor’s tastes, with the lower level piazza inside the building complex looking particularly attractive. There is also a pair of modern attended pay toilet facilities in that area, electronic payments only (£1 per entry at this writing).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Laura PeGr
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands1,579 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Covent garden next the St Paul's church
    Shopping center in the district from which it takes its name (Covent Garden), full of stands, shops, cafes and restaurants. Opposite is the St Paul's church: a small church that I was unable to visit because there was an event going on. Not to be confused with St. Paul's Cathedral.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • alicesoulsby
    St. Albans, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    amazing!
    it was amazing! so many shops and food options and lots of pretty streets! we made so many memories and ate a cookie! i loved the transformers and street entertainment and i particularly loved the shops! very busy area and dont take the stairs it is a very long way!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Alan T
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Had a thoroughly enjoyable time which was probably helped by the brilliant weather. It was hot every day. My wife and I spent a full week in London. We stayed at The Tower Hotel next to the Tower Bridge and have to say it was a vast improvement on our previous stay there. The room was excellent with a fantastic view of Tower Bridge. We are frequent visitors as our sons live and work in central London so we are pretty good at negotiating the tube which helps. We love the Covent Garden area and visited several times. At the weekend it was busy but a little quieter mid-week. We attended the Freddie Mercury exhibition at Sotheby's which was amazing and better than I expected. We also visited the Brian May photographic exhibition at The Proud Gallery which was good but not as much as the Freddie Mercury exhibition. The only thing that possibly spoilt the trip was you had tp pre-book attending any of the national galleries and museums which are free to enter. We like to visit places ad hoc. We spent most nights eating outside at the many restaurants on St Katharine's Dock next to our hotel all of which were reasonably priced. We love The Tower of London and prior to our visit I purchased a yearly membership to The Royal Palaces for £90 for my wife and I as it costs over £30 per person to visit the Tower. We visited the Tower most mornings for a couple of hours to do one section of the Tower each day - excellent value. This was by far our most enjoyable visit to London.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • soinic
    2,637 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist magnet ...
    When visiting London, we always come back to this well kept "market & entertainment" spot. Just walking around, doing some real or window shopping, stopping in a café/on a terrace, watching some street artists ... It's a "must visit" for plenty of fellow tourists, but not overcrowded ... it's clean&safe.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • SOQ2010
    Massachusetts3,766 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Covenent
    One trip to Covent gardens is a must while visiting London. This time I had to shop from Hobbs and Charlotte tillbury over there and thats what I did. Its a touristy place no doubt . Later we took a stroll towards Oxford street.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Nina
    Hartlepool, United Kingdom87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early birthday trip to London
    Well after a ride on a busy tube with a number of changes ended up here at Covent Garden . Just lovely and well worth the journey ! Had a lovely biscuit from the famous bens cookies and a drink in the punch and Judy had to be done !! Had a lovely walk around the numerous small shops and the street entertainment was outstanding loved Charlie chaplain !! This place had a lovely vibe to it and could have spent hours more there if hadn’t had to rush back for theatre show xx well worth a visit x couldn’t resist telling the gorilla I was a monkey hanger the look on his face !! 😀
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 October 2023
  • thezine71
    London, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short's Garden Events - Beware of the Power of Your Beauty
    Beauty will always exist from within us all. All of us have the accessibilities to make beauty feel like something from within the soul searching for paths to explore identities. The nouveau of beauty are exemplar in living well and living for your individualistic self-worth. The panel consisted of Sharon Lloyd, Joseph Harwood and Millie Flemington - Clare. Each panellist had a powerful orality to discuss the theme of beauty that should be both inclusive and advocacy on contemporary advancements in what is considered as beautiful. Each participant on the panel had an added value to the conversation. The conversation had rhizomatic qualities to adding rooted thoughts that cannot stop evolving and growing. Beauty continues to be an aestheticism without boundaries. Non linear dialogues exist in the mainstream frameworks have to be acknowledged thus to place emphasis on the endless possibilities that come from engaging with the beauty industry. Largest minority in the world are individuals who could become disabled because life happens to us all. The big companies should not be marginalised and silence to deny their voices to be constructive parts of beauty narratives in the realms of societal advancements. Being adaptable and learning new skills is the best remedy to articulate who you are in such a fluid society. This life lesson is applicable to a plethora of situations and circumstances. It is vital to discuss the concept of beauty should be relatable to narratives explored across the ages. Thus the means of beauty could be something more and know they should aim for something more. N.B. The event held was a concise and confident way to shape the beauty industry on behalf of the British Beauty Week 2023.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Lord Parker
    Taunton, United Kingdom299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Atmosphere - Awesome Shops
    This was just fantastic - they had all the Christmas decorations up and the atmosphere was buzzing. We popped in and out of shops, although the one I was looking forward to visiting I couldn't as it was up 3 flights of stairs and my wonky legs would not take it. I enjoyed the ambience of the area and especially the four-piece string ensemble which we observed from the upper area. We enjoyed them so much, that when one of the group came around with CDs we made a purchase. I felt they really made Covent Garden come alive. There are so many great shops to browse, truly something for everyone. We didn't find it too crowded and were able to explore the area easily. A tip I can give you is to watch where you are walking if you do have "Wonky Legs" as the flooring can go from flat paving to cobbled.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
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Kieran lane
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
After travelling from Liverpool with my partner for a gorgeous weekend in London.

We Arrived on time to be seated at table, once sat the concept was explained and the drink order was taken. This is where things went south. After making our food order and we waited 30+ minutes for our 2 glasses of sparkling wine and a bottle of beer. We had to then speak to a waiter and ask where our drinks were to be told they would arrive shortly. Another 10 minutes in and we had to ask another waitress about the drinks and she sorted them ASAP ( valuable member of team as she was sincere ). Food then arrived and it was poor quality ! Chewy meat, popcorn shrimp rubbery, any rice based sushi was mushy and so sticky it glued to the plate, vegetable gyoza fell apart mid air while picking it off the plate.

We thought maybe this is just fluke and ordered our second round of food, to wait another 20 minutes ! To then chase the food with a waiter to be told that many of our options ( salmon, tuna, the dragon sushi and basically anything meat based ) were out of stock ! along with several other dishes leaving the chewy beef, dry salmon maki and endless veggie options for choosing.

I did not pay the almost £40 per head (total almost £120) to be served with mediocre drinks and poor quality food.

We’re not big drinkers we had 2 glasses of sparkling wine and 3 beers !

we asked to speak to the manager on shift in the afternoon ( Saturday 8th August ) and we’re told “we’re sorry the menu items were out of stock, this is a supplier issue not delivering enough stock. We will give you a special offer” and 10 minutes later our table received a simple bottle of sparkling wine ! So much for a special offer. Bearing in mind we had spent almost £120 for this experience to be met with what I can only describe as poor quality fizz.

We were very excited to dine here. The venue was stunning and were told the venue was a flagship store ! I’d hate to think what the other stores must be like if this is their main store !

My advice to anyone considering of dining here is to head to Tesco and get a sushi platter or two as the quality would be much better and with the money you save maybe head to yo sushi as the attention to detail and customer service is clearly superior.

To anyone from the restaurant wishing to reply, I’m still waiting for my special offer.
Written 8 August 2020
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Ropes22
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
I frequently find myself in Covent Garden. It is always very busy with people shopping, watching street entertainers and minding themselves on the cobbles.
Enjoyable for a couple of hours max.
Good luck getting a seat at any of the local bars/pubs in the area, it’s always very popular and a bit pricey.
Written 4 February 2020
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Hannah M
Manchester, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Great place to kill half an hour if you're in the area with children. Ours (aged 10, 6 and 2) enjoyed watching the street performers which was well worth the couple of quid we contributed to his collection at the end. Watching the street performers is usually a highlight of our London trips for the children 🙂
Written 25 February 2020
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704jules
London, UK65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
Have just left The Ivy Brasserie in Covent Garden. Had the £33.50 lobster linguine, can I say that the same meal at Madisons St Paul's was of far better quality (far far better) and £28!! Today we refused to pay the service, which is the first time I have ever done this in a restaurant.the waiter came up to our table literally every 5 mins and really spoilt our enjoyment of our lunch out. Such a shame for quite an expensive meal in what is supposed to be a well known and reputable restaurant.
Written 11 December 2020
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Visit Blighty
2 739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Covent Garden to me just has something very special about it whatever time of year, but at Christmas in particular it paints the perfect scene. Covent Garden does an excellent job at dressing to any occasion so in festive finery and with a large Christmas Tree it’s splendiferous. Plus they always make sure there’re several very Instagram friendly spots. For 2019 they had an enchanting mainly adult orientated Tiffany & Co Winter Wonderland area which looked magical and even included a mini ice rink.

It’s always fun seeing singers in the markets and the street performers. I feel a trip to London over Christmas would not be complete without a stroll through Covent Garden.

For those not familiar with Covent Garden there’s a rabbit warren of excellent shops to explore (The Apple store is a highlight and Chanel Make Up is a mecca for sure), fabulous food options and even market stores in one area. Venchi gelato is super, Marriage Freres is one of the best tea emporiums on the planet and SushiSamba is always a good idea. It has a wonderful unique atmosphere which I find myself drawn to time and time again. Also don’t forget it hosts the Royal Opera House and also the London Film Museum with its Bond in Motion exhibit. .
Written 12 January 2020
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Karen Tann
396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We often visit this area when filling time before a theatre visit. Yesterday it was grey and wet so wandering under cover was ideal. There are some stalls and a variety of small shops along with a few eateries. We like the pub at one end called the Punch and Judy for a drink. In the summer, you can sit on the balcony and watch the crowds and sometimes buskers.
Written 28 January 2020
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Nicky T
Enfield, UK122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Exit via the lifts at Covent Garden tube (never take the stairs!) or walk from nearby Leicester Square. In the centre is an undercover craft market with boutique shops on ground level and eateries. Buskers will entertain the crowds on the cobbles around the market and the popular Transport Museum and Bond In Motion exhibit is nearby.
What sets this area apart is the variety of shops and restaurants in a time when the shopping industry is struggling. Take time to explore all the side streets because there is so much more than just the central market. Restaurants vary and all tastes are covered.
Please note that most streets are cobbled so wear sensible shoes and it gets very busy so you will need to exercise some patience.
A must for tourists and Londoners alike, make a day of it, take your reusable shopping bag and enjoy.
Written 23 February 2020
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sleightofhand
Tonbridge, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was a cold day and the whole family had hot chocolate in the area where they play live music. It was not cheap as you can imagine but was magical. the scenery and feel of the place is fabulous and going there any time of the year is stunning. Lots of street performers who do a great job un all weathers and lots of good forrd and fun ships to visit. Especially like the Oakley Store and Apple Store and Ted Baker Store. We ended up eating just outside of here but the food in and around is great with local theatres just around the corner as well. Good tube access and Leicester Square and China Town within quick walking distance as well.
Written 10 March 2020
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rhi
United Kingdom95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We always visit Covent Garden when in London as there is so much to do and see. I love just sitting on the steps and watching the entertainers perform. There is a lot of places to eat so you would not be stuck for choice! Only down side would be you have to pay to use the toilets so if you're someone like me who tends to go often it can be a problem. There is a market too which sells all sorts.
Definitely worth going to.
Written 21 January 2020
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Chris M
Lichfield, UK1 157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very very popular tourist magnet here. If you want to see all the street entertainers then pick the busy peak times 12-5. For a more quieter browse round the stalls/market go earlier or late afternoon. It'll be rammed by the tube station at a weekend. Only 5 min walk from Leicester Square though.
Written 26 February 2020
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