A London institution and tourist favourite with a penchant for handmade crafts, goods and antiques.
While Londoners might advise you to avoid the bustle of Covent Garden at all costs, this hotspot is beloved by tourists. One of the biggest draws is the market, which began life in the 1970s as a humble fruit and vegetable market. Thanks to congestion, and because there was no way to develop in the area, the fresh produce moved out and the retail opportunities moved in. The colonnaded nineteenth-century Piazza building is now home to high-profile designers and beauty outlets, such as Tom Ford, Chanel and Mulberry. There are also eateries like Shake Shack and Boho Pizza, with fine-dining options Balthazar, The Ivy Market Grill and L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon nearby.
But it’s not all big-name restaurants and famous designers – from Tuesday to Sunday in Apple Market there’s a multitude of independent traders selling unique and handcrafted items. At Culpably Cute you’ll find handmade jewellery, and Painted In London offers hand-painted T-shirts sporting iconic London symbols such as red buses and black taxis. On Mondays the space transforms into an antiques and collectables market, with classic cameras, old printing blocks and vintage tins and signs. In the East Colonnade Market, traders like SM Soaps and Sweets offer various treats.
Top tip: Covent Garden Market is always heaving but early evening, especially in the summer, as it’s winding down, is rather magical. And while you’re there, pop in to nearby Jubilee Market, which hosts around 100 stalls. Alim Kheraj
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Offering a range of world-class fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores, Covent Garden is one of London’s hottest shopping destinations. From Apple to Tom Ford, Mulberry to Paul Smith and Petersham Nurseries to Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop, the area boasts a unique blend of global and independent brands curated to satisfy every shopping need in London.
Whether it’s breakfast or brunch, pre-theatre dining or burgers alfresco, Covent Garden is a foodie’s paradise, filled with a diverse array of gastronomic options to suit all taste buds morning ‘til night. With renowned five-star restaurants including the likes of Frenchie, Henrietta, The Oystermen and Balthazar. This year, Sushi Samba, Petersham Nurseries, Cora Pearl and RedFarm have opened around the iconic neighborhood.
Discover Covent Garden’s rich heritage through the centuries, from orchard garden of Westminster Abbey to London’s first residential square to London’s wholesale fruit and vegetable market.
An area also synonymous with performance, from humble beginnings recorded by Samuel Pepys as the birthplace of the ‘Punch & Judy’ puppeteer show, to the home of street performance today.
|Venue name:||Covent Garden Market|
Covent Garden Piazza
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 11am-6pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden or Charing Cross|
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Covent Garden market is the place to be and visit. There isn't anything that you couldn't find here. Especially as there is something to satisfy everyone's needs. You know the ol' saying here's a place that has something for everyone and it really is true of this place.
Really wonderful market with a large selection of cool bits from handmade scarfs, to bespoke perfumes - this market has it all!
A nice place to chill out on a summer afternoon. Lots of food shops, restaurants around. On street eateries are my favourite, you can have a meal watching the world go by. Plenty street side shows like street magicians, acrobats etc to keep you entertained.
Very nice and vibrant market. Always full of people walking and shopping. Sometime there are street shows that add to the excitements and he noise. Love Covent garden. Enjoy eating and shopping or just looking around.
for me a visit to London must include some time, evenings, mornings, at Covent Garden Market - love the crafts and the performances there! And as for the food and the coffee mmm mmm! There this week - just thinking about it is so exciting!
A hive of activity is Covent Garden Market , I was fortunate to visit recently and took in the fabulous decorations , as well as the great acts performed there by real artists of entertainment . The knife juggling tight rope walker held my attention for the longest , along with 50 to 80 others ,very comical and fascinating act to watch ! After wandering from stall to stall , I got many Christmas presents , and then found a pleasant courtyard to eat and drink , while again being entertained . To combine shopping , dining , entertainment and a cheerful friendly atmosphere , there can be no better setting than this .Well done Covent Garden ,I shall be back !