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Covent Garden: The jewel of the West End

The Covent Garden Piazza is home to a diverse range of acts, which will keep the whole family entertained!

History

Covent Garden has a long and rich history which extends back to the 16th century, when it became the heart of the Anglo- Saxon trading town Lundenwic. By the 19th century, the area had rapidly developed and was home to one of London’s largest flower, fruit and vegetables market. Today, Covent Garden is renowned for being the “entertainment” hub of London and is a popular choice with tourists, attracting over 44 million visitors each year. Looking to the future, there are plans to develop the area to ensure that it still remains the number one hotspot in  London’

 
What to do

Those visiting the area can enjoy a diverse range of street acts from high adrenaline bicycle stunts to sophisticated classical vocalists. There is also the opportunity to enjoy the ballet and opera at the world famous Royal Opera House. With all this going on, Covent Garden is the perfect place to unwind for those working in the City.

As a destination London’s West End is famous for its cultural vibrancy and is recognised for producing world famous musical productions such as Les Miserables, Cats and Billy Elliot. The experience of watching a play in the West End is one not to be missed and can only be compared to viewing a Broadway production in New York.

For those that are in search of retail therapy, Covent Garden has a mixture of shops, which range from premium retailers such as Burberry and Ralph Lauren to one- off craft stalls. Oxford Street, dubbed the “mecca for shopaholics”, is also within close proximity of Covent Garden.

Eating and drinking out in Covent Garden

After taking in a West End show why not take a bite to eat, you’re in the right place as Covent Garden is renowned for its diverse range of cuisine.  With its wide array of restaurants ranging from the Opera Tavern specialising in Spanish Cuisine to the Dishoom and its classical twist on Bombay cooking plus everything in-between, there’s something to suit all tastes. And for those with a sweet tooth, Scoop is well worth a visit as it offers Italian gelato in every flavour you can imagine.  A perfect end to your day in Covent Garden is to enjoy delicious cocktails at the Dirty Martini, shaken not stirred preferred!

Transport

Getting out and about couldn’t be easier. Covent Garden tube station provides convenient access to Holborn and Leicester Square via the Piccadilly Line and connects with the Northern and Central Line making exploring other parts of the City simple and convenient. Charing Cross station can be easily accessed and provides a regular service to the neighbouring borough of Kent, which is ideal for commuters.  There are also train services that run between Covent Garden station and London Heathrow airport, providing quick and direct access to the area. This is particularly good for those travelling with families.