Covent Garden

St. Paul\'s Church featuring a park as well as an individual male
A vibrant district, home to many of London’s trendiest boutiques and bars, where you can while away many entertaining hours.

Back in the 17th century, Covent Garden was home to a traditional fruit market. The stalls that lined the streets way back then have long since relocated further south in the city, but the buzz and energy of those times remains to this day. Today, the district is home to many shops, bars and restaurants and the main piazza at its heart. Spend some time here and you’ll be mesmerised by the street performers who flock here from across Europe and beyond.

If you’re a food lover then you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re looking for Thai rice, French pastries, Belgian chocolate, Spanish seafood or curries from North Africa, there is something for you in the restaurants here. Stop off for a drink or two in one of the historic local pubs located around the main square, which offer some interesting concoctions from far and wide.

Explore a little further away from the central piazza and you’ll find even more. Long Acre has fashionable stores, such as the ever-popular Ben Sherman and All Saints. Or you can head for the Seven Dials area and flit between its smart boutiques and cafés.

If you find yourself craving something sweet, visit one of the cafés on Monmouth Street for a cup of traditional English tea or one of a number of great coffees accompanied by a delicious cake or pastry. Neal’s Yard just around the corner is another great spot, with its health food cafés and various New Age establishments.

Close to the West End, Covent Garden is also where you’ll find the stunning Royal Opera House. Dating back to 1732, the beautiful structure has survived severe fires but still stands to this day and plays host to some dazzling opera and ballet shows.

The district is easy to reach by Underground, with the closest station Covent Garden servicing the area.

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