Covent Garden is an important stop for anyone visiting London. It’s a real cultural hub that has everything for the whole family. Initially known for its internationally renowned market, Covent Garden has grown into a thriving corner of the city. Whether you are enjoying shopping at the market or getting a cup of coffee at one of the dainty continental cafes, a visit to Covent Garden will be one you’ll never forget!
Browse antiques and more at Jubilee market
London is well known for its many markets, and most of them have been established for nearly a century. However, long gone are the days when these were the poor man’s shopping places. Now, they are enticing establishments with lots to offer. Jubilee market at Covent Garden is a prime example. Browse through some amazing pewter and silver antiques, and you might even find a bargain among the treasures. Find everything from arts and crafts to souvenirs in the Jubilee market. On Mondays, you can find antiques there, and from Tuesdays to Fridays you will be able to buy everything from clothing to gifts from artisans.
Marvel at the international street performers
Whatever time of day it happens to be, you are guaranteed to be entertained in Covent Garden. Small groups will play instruments beautifully as you shop. There are also some great comedy acts on the street corners too. The “living statues” are an established part of Covent Garden. You’ll come across them on the street where the performers magically spring to life and cause a stir. There are no set times or locations for any of the performances, but you are bound to see a few during your visit.
Satisfy your tastebuds at any of the classy coffee shops
There is plenty on offer for the hungry visitor to Covent Garden. These are more than your average coffee shops. Take your time to sample the most delicious cheese with champagne at any of the quaint bistros in the area. The Whittard tea shop is also a must for people who like to experiment with tea. The two storeys of tea varieties are complemented by trained staff, who impart knowledge on how to appreciate them, as well as daily tastings. The opportunity to stop for a bite to eat is too good to miss in Covent Garden.
Go back in time at the London Transport Museum
Here’s a museum that is found away from London’s South Kensington, the city’s usual hub of museums. Tucked away in a remote corner of Covent Garden, you’ll be able to find a wonderful collection of London’s transport history at the London Transport Museum. You won’t have to be a train spotter to really appreciate the wonders that are found inside. Step aboard an actual vintage London bus or marvel at photos from times gone by. There’s the option to also pick up replica transport posters from bygone eras from the museum shop, which could be wonderful additions to any London-themed room.
Tickets to the museum cost 1 GBP (approximately 1.5 USD) more when bought at the door. Online ticket prices for adults are 16 GBP (approximately 24 USD), and those under the age of 18 can enter for free. Concession tickets cost 13.50 GBP (approximately 20 USD) and you can easily book online via the London Transport Museum website.
Sample the cultural delights of London's Covent Garden
There is so much to see and enjoy in this part of London, from street performers to a well earned cup of coffee in a delectable setting. It’s the ideal destination for shoppers, in particular antique hunters. Covent Garden is a true highlight in any trip to London.
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