Covent Garden Market

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This London institution may appear too commercial and crowded to provide a characterful retail experience, but some quirky gems lift the experience. The colonnaded nineteenth-century Piazza building houses Apple Market, where tourist-friendly crafts are the staple, as well as cutesy chain stores – although it’s worth keeping a look out for independents still holding their ground such as Eric Snook’s Toyshop and the specialist tobacconist/cigar shop Segar & Snuff Parlour. Over in the South Piazza, Jubilee Market is a little more eccentric: Mondays are for antiques lovers while Tuesday to Friday sees a hotch-potch general market including clothing and household goods. Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for arty knick-knacks and crafts largely geared toward touritst.


Venue name: Covent Garden Market
Address: Covent Garden Piazza
Opening hours: Open 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.


Covent Garden is a little piece of London heaven. It's lively, full of fun with street performers keeping everyone entertained. On a nice day you can sit outside and take in the atmosphere with a glass of wine and bite to eat. There's plenty of little shops and I love the Ben's Cookies for a tasty treat. The surrounding area has stacks of shops, restaurants and theatres too, so you're right in the middle of all the action. Head to the Royal Opera House to watch the ballet for a mega treat :-) Enjoy!


Walk around the overly-excitable tourists watching the comedian/juggler/whatever he is at the main entrance and have a look at the artisan stalls instead (which seem to change per day of the week), with truly lovely and unique jewellery, photographs, scarves, blown-glass plates and other luxurious items. Yes, they're expensive, but usually worth the price, unlike the chocolate-covered strawberries at the nearby Godiva store (ask the price of those strawberries, I dare you). The artisans are happy to discuss provenance and artistic methods with you, and you'll go away with something lovingly handmade if you look hard enough. Then justify your purchase by going into the covered market next door and buying cheap t-shirts, fridge magnets, candy and other mass-produced stuff. You'll also find a huge choice of restaurants, cafes and fast-food joints in and around the markets and on Sunday afternoons you may hear a free concert from musicians hawking their CDs.

Really wonderful market with a large selection of cool bits from handmade scarfs, to bespoke perfumes - this market has it all!

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Probably the best market in London. Love the hussle around covent garden, with the street performers and the array of different stalls. Visit during the winter months when its nice and festive

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 !