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Covent Garden

#45 of 2,399 things to do in London
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Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E, England
Phone Number: 020 7240 9731
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Drinking
Description: Filled with restaurants, bars, markets and boutiques, London's premier...
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.
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i went there during christmas. omg the decoration was amazing. full of christmas ornaments with smiling faces, people shopping and eating and having fun. it was really nice. there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Limassol, Cyprus
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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

i went there during christmas. omg the decoration was amazing. full of christmas ornaments with smiling faces, people shopping and eating and having fun. it was really nice. there was also a street view with dancers and magicians it was very cool. worth visiting for a drink at night as well. there are many shops there to get things and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This spot was better when it was cozier, not so crowded and with more authentic handmade wares of exceptional quality. But isn't that often true of most spots in the world? We still enjoy the sights and shopping but just don't feel as safe and comfortable. Hold onto your wallets, be careful, don't idle and get your likely foreign made... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Covent Garden and the immediate streets surrounding it, are certainly an afternoon well spent. Stop at the Swan pub for a Pohlman lunch and then on to Covent Garden. The streets have entertainers with painted faces and stoic expressions. The boutiques have a variety of unsual "take me home" offerings. Before leaving, have a jacket potato outside of the market... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We visited late afternoon in mid December. It was a very exciting time you could feel Christmas in the air. The place and many shops were vibrantly decorated. Many eating places to choose from. There were lots of people and many street performers that contributed to the festive atmosphere. The numerous market vendors had beautiful crafts and Christmas stuff to... More 

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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Covent Garden is my fave place in London, it's nice to chill out and watch the entertainers whilst having a few drinks in the Punch and Judy pub!

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

A visit to Covent Garden should be on your list of things to do in London. This area has transformed over the years it has come along way from the old fruit and veg market I once new. There are now plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs to visit. There are also many street entertainers who provide good shows and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Whether its sitting having a drink in one of the many cafe bars/restaurants, watching the street performers and musicians or a trip around the National Transport Museum there is plenty to do here. A must visit when in London,

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

A little touristy, but pretty shops. Enjoyed the opera singers who were performing on the lower level for a passed hat of tips! Great!! There is a really good toy shop with interesting and hard to find toys from yesteryear. Very friendly and helpful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Great to see the small independents mingling with the super brands. A lovely atmosphere in this historic location. Lots to tempt you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Went specifically to see the street performers. We saw a couple of Magicians/comedy acts and, as usual, they were all very good. Got dragged up to 'participate' by one Magician called Brian who, amongst other things, walks a tightrope. Always worth a visit.

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