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Covent Garden

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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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What a treat this market area was! There was something for everyone from food to sports, tea and arts/crafts, souvenirs and groceries. There were some fantastic busking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

What a treat this market area was! There was something for everyone from food to sports, tea and arts/crafts, souvenirs and groceries. There were some fantastic busking musicians which added to the charm. The whole vibe of the place was eclectic and artistic. We enjoyed our shopping experience here very much, it is easy to get to from the tube... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Beautiful architecture. Interesting. Crowded. Tourist gridlock. Buskers. Student opera singers. Chain stores. Queues to get into hamburger joints. Craft displays. Worry about pickpockets. Huge audiences watching gypsy/magician shows. Must see.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed discovering the different shops, places to eat and the musical ambiance was incredible.The food was tasty at The Pie Shop, to the sound of opera singing downstairs in the market building. As we investigated the shops and market stores we were entertained by a string quartet who also danced. You need plenty of time to truly take it... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Plenty to do and see on the Covent Garden area. Theatres shops museums restaurants ect. Or just the markets and boutiques.

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is indeed by far my favorite neighborhood in London. I can't really describe the feeling when I am walking within its limits, but it is definitely different. Especially, if you are lucky enough to be in London near Christmas and it happens to be in the Covent Garden Market. Just amazing. It is decorated in a different manner, I... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We had a day trip to London and bought a train to Clapham junction and bus to Covent Garden once a fruit and vegetable market What an exciting lively place The market is a treasure trove of little shops and a square with open air restaurants full of visitors and street entertainment one of the best free places in London... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

full of interesting people, shops and restaurants. If you're lucky opera students may be performing downstairs in the old market building. Covent Garden always has a buzz about it ,what with the many street performers and interesting craft stalls. Only sorry that the ' Rock Garden' restaurant closed and is now an Apple Store! It has a variety of restaurants,... More 

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Corby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A variety of unusual little shops as well as the market. There is something for everyone. Lots of little food places too and generally music or some form of entertainment going on in the centre. It is a very pretty, lively area and definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The environment, the people, the street market, the street artists are more than great reasons to visit a mythical place in the Capital of England

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

You must go to Covent Garden if visiting London's theatre land. It is so near and there is so much to see and/or buy with different foods being cooked outside and often entertainment being performed there too.

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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