Covent Garden is known for its piazza, market, mainstream shops and street performers and entertainers. Although, if you steer away from the branded shops and obvious entertainment, you may find yourself having a more unique, unusual and creative experience in the area. This is because there are a number of quirky boutiques in the vicinity as well as astrologers and psychics who are ready to provide you with a personalised reading. A day in Covent Garden is perfect for young women, whether alone or in groups, or for couples who are ready to explore their future together with a little bit of guidance from those who are more connected to their spiritual side.
Covent Garden is in the West End and can be accessed via the Piccadilly Line from Covent Garden Underground Station. However, as Covent Garden Underground Station is usually extremely busy, I would recommend taking the Piccadilly Line and hopping off at either Holborn or Leicester Square and walking towards Covent Garden (which is around a ten minute walk and the entire route is well sign-posted).
Shopping at Terminal D
Terminal D is based within the Thomas Neil Centre (Covent Garden) and is a shop filled with beautiful Korean tops, skirts, dresses, coats and accessories such as belts, bags and hats. This store stands out in comparison to others in the area as there are only a few of each item that are manufactured. This means that you are extremely unlikely to be caught wearing the same outfit as your family member, friend or colleague. As there are only a few of each item manufactured, they come in only one size. It should be noted, however, that they will not fit all and rather the items are more suitable for those who are petite.
The quality and cut of the material used for the items is very high and all items must be hand-washed to ensure that they maintain their design, fit and style. This is also reflected in the price of the items as most tops are around 45 GBP (approximately 66 USD), dresses are at around 55 GBP (approximately 81 USD) and coats are a minimum of 65 GBP (96 USD). There are two small changing rooms in which you can try on the items and the mirrors are kept outside the changing rooms so that you have more space to walk around and see the piece(s) that you have tried on. This also gives the staff in Terminal D an opportunity to assist you and provide helpful feedback on the piece(s) that you have tried on. The staff are attentive and provide exceptional customer service and I could not recommend them enough. There is no hard selling of items at Terminal D. There is a genuine interest in what you like in the store and what would compliment your physique. From Mondays to Saturdays, the store is open from 10.00am - 7.00pm and on Sunday the store is open from 12.00pm - 6.00pm.
Personalise your items at Skinny Dip
You can find Skinny Dip by taking a 2-3 minute stroll from Terminal D. Skinny Dip is located at 29 Neal Street (Covent Garden). Whilst this store has multiple branches in the UK and abroad and, unlike Terminal D, is not a one-off boutique, Skinny Dip does give you the chance to personalise your items. Skinny Dip sells lots of accessories including bags, purses, phone covers, and more. The bags are especially sparkly, fun, quirky and will most certainly make you smile when you see them. I purchased a glittery pink bag shaped as a large fizzy drink can! The average price for a bag is around 35 GBP (approximately 51 USD).
However, what will really make you smile is when you spot all the stickers that are being sold in the store and for which you can use to personalise any other items that you purchase, such as a bag. The stickers cost approximately 10 - 15 GBP (approximately 14 - 22 USD). The store also includes a funky automated photo booth where you can take cute pictures, and on some days there is a DJ playing music and creating a lively atmosphere. From Mondays to Saturdays, the store is open from 10.00am - 8.00pm, and on Sundays the store is open from 12.00pm - 6.00pm.
Fancy having fun with the planets?
Located at 78 Neal Street (Covent Garden) and about 5 - 6 minutes away from Skinny Dip is the London Astrology Shop. Astrology is about the planets, the stars and how we as individuals fit into the universe. The London Astrology Shop is quite small and includes a number of crystals and books.
You can even have a personalised astrology book about yourself created. However, in order to do this, you need to first decide whether you want your astrology book to focus on your personality, prospects with a partner or to be a general yearly forecast on your year ahead. Afterwards, you need to provide the staff with your full name, place and time of birth. They will input this information into an electronic system which will generate your astrology book, which they will print out for you. Afterwards, the staff will provide you with a short verbal astrology reading, which is based on what is included in your astrology book. Prices vary significantly on what type of astrology book you’re seeking.
The personalised astrology books are generated at the counter and are very much public so if you are shy, this may not be the best option for you unless you visit the shop when it’s less busy (which is in the mornings in the weekdays). The individuals who conduct the readings are very personable and calm and if you have any subsequent questions, they are happy for you to visit them again (at no cost) and they will try their best to help you (provided they’re not very busy). The store is open from 11.00am - 7.00pm everyday; although readings tend to be done between 11.00am - 5.00pm.
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Your future will no longer be a mystery
If you want a mystical experience and perhaps a more private one than what the London Astrology Shop can offer, I would suggest that you visit Mysteries, which is based at 9 Monmouth Street (Covent Garden). The store is about 1 minute away from the London Astrology Shop and is a three-floor store. The first floor has incense, crystals, books, CDs and statues of religious figures as well as a mini Buddha shrine. The second and third floors have small rooms where psychic readings are conducted. Each room is small and cosy.
The store offers psychic readings throughout the day with various readers including Jan, Barbara and Julie. The readings can either last 30 minutes, which costs 40 GBP (approximately 59 USD), or for 1 hour, which costs 80 GBP (approximately 118 USD). If you choose to have a psychic reading but feel (within 5 minutes) that you do not connect with the psychic, then Mysteries has a policy that it will provide you with a full refund. If you’re curious about meeting a psychic, Mysteries is the place to satisfy that curiosity as the people who work there, including the psychics, are warm, welcoming and open-minded. On weekdays and on Saturdays, the store is open from 10.00am - 7.00pm and on Sundays it is open from 1.00pm - 6.00pm. If you would like to see a specific psychic then I would recommend booking in advance over the telephone.
Indulge your senses at Covent Garden
Spend your morning shopping in boutiques and stores such as Terminal D and Skinny Dip and relax in the afternoon by seeing an astrologer or a psychic in Covent Garden. In the early evening, try and see if you can find the hidden and colourful gem of an area called Neal’s Yard. Just as a tip and a starting point, Neal’s Yard is hidden close to Mysteries and you will certainly be able to smell fresh Italian pizza in your quest of finding it!
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