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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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Where to start? Street entertainers are interesting. A wonderful tea shop in Covent Garden proper. A very good french restaurant on the second floor. Handmade items for sale... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Where to start? Street entertainers are interesting. A wonderful tea shop in Covent Garden proper. A very good french restaurant on the second floor. Handmade items for sale in the booths. On of the best currency exchanges (for good rates) is across the street. I always come there first to convert US to UK. Paul is a short walk away... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

In Covent Garden you can go shopping, you can relax and enjoy food and music at the same time, you can walk around and get entertained by stand up artists and the like, you can take a slow walk through the marketplace. All in all it's a bit crowded but still a nice place to hang out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I love this little part of London, an ideal place to while away a couple of hours during a weekend visit to the capital. A short walk from Leicester Square and you come across the piazza with its trendy shops, small boutiques and wonderful places to eat. There is usually always a street entertainer showcasing their skills but more importantly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A really nice atmosphere with the market stalls, cafes and music. I went there on a saturday afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Explored Covent. Garden last week. It has a special buzz that isn't matched by any other location in London. Excellent nightlife and the market is full of fun!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Since my previous review I have been in and around Covent Garden several times, mainly because of the close proximity of the Royal Opera House. I'm sure it's pleasant for people who like street entertainers, musical performers, eating/drinking at outside tables, shopping, walking on cobbles etc. etc. but for me it's still something of a 'tourist trap'. The whole thing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

we spent almost all day listening to the street music shows and comedy shows. Very interactive and very entertaining, brilliant brilliant!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Great shopping. Some high end stores as well as some outside vendors. Clean and large. Easy to get to. Mind you very large crowds, watch out for your purse and belongings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Covent Garden is a place I visit each time I come to London. The energy is always so vibrant. You will find plenty of street performers which add to the colour and vibrancy of the area. Remember street performers are artists making a living so don't forget to throw a 5 pounds or more (if you have it) into their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Love Covent Garden, there is so much to see here, markets, shops, restaurants, bars, ballet, theatre.We always visit Covent Garden when we visit London this time we did something different & went to an outside play put on in the gardens of St. Pauls Church.They put on a magical performance of Twelth Night, amazing you travel around the garden &... More 

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Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E, England
Phone Number: 020 7240 9731
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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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