Covent Garden

Covent Garden, London: Hours, Address, Covent Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Covent Garden
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Flea & Street Markets
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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. 

How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 3 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
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24,957 reviews
Very good

Jason T
Adelaide, Australia561 contributions
Jan 2020
I always come here at least once during my visits to London, there is a good selection of both art and craft type sellers along with more mainstream brands. The London Transport and Film Museums are also located here which I also recommend the former if you are into transport history, they have a pretty good shop too.

The tube station here is serviced by the Piccadilly line, it is a deep level line so please don't use the stairs to the surface (unless you are fit) if the lifts have long queues, just be patient as the lines clear pretty quickly.

As with any tourist area yes prices are somewhat higher however, they are not ridiculous or anything of that nature.

There are always street performers here and was surprised at how many there were this year, especially given it was winter when I visited. We discovered the Punch and Judy pub here too this year, it has a balcony which we noted is extremely popular as patrons use it as a vantage point for the street performers below.

The Seven Dials is also nearby, this area has various shops to visit and is also an interesting area to see. Covent Garden is easily walked to from Leicester square which is also immensely popular, especially during the festive season.

Overall if you are a little short of time and like a little entertainment while shopping etc, then this is certainly one area of London which I highly recommend you do.
Written February 2, 2020
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Louis Cecile
London, UK222 contributions
May 2022
Covent Garden is becoming the star of Central London, with Oxford Circus going downhill. There is a strong vibrant buzz around the area. There is a trendy shopping scene with a mix of known brands and independent traders. It is surrounded by bars and restaurants. There are also regular themed events and street entertainers. The main issue is the value for money that remains questionable. It has that tourist inflated price range that makes bargains hard to come by. However, you get a vibe with plenty of history and spots for entertainment. The theatres are worth visiting to catch a show. Overall if you do your research before you can have a great time no matter your budget.
Written May 2, 2022
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Austin, TX57 contributions
Nov 2021
I honestly did not get a great experience because I walked through here after seeing a show so it was kind of late (around 10 PM). Almost all the shops in Covent Garden were already closed, however, because it was mid-November the Christmas decorations were up and there was a lot of foot traffic so it was a lovely walk with my friends. There were also a number of shops that I definitely would have visited if they were open, including a chocolate and pastry shop. It would clearly be a nice place to hang out and spend the day or get a meal with friends or go on a date.
Written April 30, 2022
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wallington10 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Cafe Nana was a real disappointment we were charged £42 for a light lunch which was totally not worth it.

Panini was poor my son even said I have had better at school mum so that says something. Then they have the cheek to charge you £5.00 service charge, which can be taken off. Being and ex hospitality person I know how important these are but the service did not worthy £5.00 at all. The only thing that was good about are meal was the coffee.

Don’t bother going there the crepe van next door was much better.
Written March 5, 2022
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Kieran lane
4 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
After travelling from Liverpool with my partner for a gorgeous weekend in London.

We Arrived on time to be seated at table, once sat the concept was explained and the drink order was taken. This is where things went south. After making our food order and we waited 30+ minutes for our 2 glasses of sparkling wine and a bottle of beer. We had to then speak to a waiter and ask where our drinks were to be told they would arrive shortly. Another 10 minutes in and we had to ask another waitress about the drinks and she sorted them ASAP ( valuable member of team as she was sincere ). Food then arrived and it was poor quality ! Chewy meat, popcorn shrimp rubbery, any rice based sushi was mushy and so sticky it glued to the plate, vegetable gyoza fell apart mid air while picking it off the plate.

We thought maybe this is just fluke and ordered our second round of food, to wait another 20 minutes ! To then chase the food with a waiter to be told that many of our options ( salmon, tuna, the dragon sushi and basically anything meat based ) were out of stock ! along with several other dishes leaving the chewy beef, dry salmon maki and endless veggie options for choosing.

I did not pay the almost £40 per head (total almost £120) to be served with mediocre drinks and poor quality food.

We’re not big drinkers we had 2 glasses of sparkling wine and 3 beers !

we asked to speak to the manager on shift in the afternoon ( Saturday 8th August ) and we’re told “we’re sorry the menu items were out of stock, this is a supplier issue not delivering enough stock. We will give you a special offer” and 10 minutes later our table received a simple bottle of sparkling wine ! So much for a special offer. Bearing in mind we had spent almost £120 for this experience to be met with what I can only describe as poor quality fizz.

We were very excited to dine here. The venue was stunning and were told the venue was a flagship store ! I’d hate to think what the other stores must be like if this is their main store !

My advice to anyone considering of dining here is to head to Tesco and get a sushi platter or two as the quality would be much better and with the money you save maybe head to yo sushi as the attention to detail and customer service is clearly superior.

To anyone from the restaurant wishing to reply, I’m still waiting for my special offer.
Written August 8, 2020
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London, UK45 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
Have just left The Ivy Brasserie in Covent Garden. Had the £33.50 lobster linguine, can I say that the same meal at Madisons St Paul's was of far better quality (far far better) and £28!! Today we refused to pay the service, which is the first time I have ever done this in a restaurant.the waiter came up to our table literally every 5 mins and really spoilt our enjoyment of our lunch out. Such a shame for quite an expensive meal in what is supposed to be a well known and reputable restaurant.
Written December 11, 2020
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Dersingham, UK18 contributions
Oct 2021
This was another return visit, and every time we visit we love the atmosphere around Covent Garden, the markets are really fun and vibrant with some novel items for sale. The food & drink stalls & shops are a wide variety of choices for all tastes. There are often street performers around drawing large crowds. Just lovely to experience even if just passing through.
Written October 6, 2021
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Leeds, UK485 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Wish I’d have allowed more time to explore and experience this area. Plenty of shops - a lot of designers. Lots of street performers saw lots of varied acts will definitely come back again but would maybe try visiting on a morning. We went on a sunny afternoon and the whole area was bustling. Lots of different eateries to choose from.
Written August 29, 2021
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United Kingdom29 contributions
Nov 2021
The street performers are probably the first thing you will notice as you enter Covent Garden. There is an array of music, magic and other street performance art on display.

The high-end shops are welcoming but often reach capacity and are temporarily barriered off. The indoor market areas are bustling but it is possible to get a look at and purchase anything you wish despite the very busy crowds at all times of year. The toilets will cost you £1.
Written November 15, 2021
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Southampton, UK201 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Covent Garden is perfect to visit both day and night as it's constantly lively and fun filled with talented street performers never more than a stone throw away.

Great for shopping in the day particularly for beauty junkies with a range of makeup shops such as Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel, MAC & Kiko.

There's a large range of bars & restaurants to cater for all tastes. Ideal for a pre/post show meal as there are many theatres in walking distance.
Written August 14, 2021
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