6 Top Attractions in Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a famous tourist attraction in London annually attracting about 44 million worldwide visitors. It is well known for its historic market building at the centre of the traffic free square. Located at the eastern edge of the famous West End, it had remained primarily a fruit and vegetable market – London’s largest, until the 1970s. Now it houses some fantastic entertainment and theatres.

There is so much to see and do in Covent Garden you would need at least a few days to do it justice. With the variety of shops, bars, restaurants and theatres you won’t be disappointed. The street performers on the famous cobbled streets make for great entertainment as you dine in the nearby cafes and restaurants or shop along the square.

You can easily lose time people watching and wondering through the unique shops and stalls that sell a variety of produce from antiques, vintage jewellery, and handicrafts under the glass ceiling of the market building.

Starting on the Covent Garden Walking Tour will give you an insight into life at this famous market and you will need to make sure you visit the below attractions:

  1. Royal Opera House – this is home to The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet being Britain’s largest ballet company. The Royal Opera has a reputation as the world’s leading opera companies renowned for both traditional opera and commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers.
  2. Simon Oldfield Gallery – well worth a visit if you want to stay abreast of up and coming contemporary British artists. The gallery has been in Covent Garden since June 2010 and works with up and coming British artists as well as international artists.
  3. Donmar Warehouse – this is a 250-seat subsidised (not for profit) theatre and is known as one of the UK’s leading producing theatres having hosted many theatrical performances including Chicago. It hosts a minimum of six productions each year in Covent Garden and presents work both nationally and internationally.
  4. Funny Side of Covent Garden – The Funny Side is a stand-up comedy club. There are five in London; The City, Clapham, Earlsfield, Leicester Square and Covent Garden with The Covent Garden club open on Fridays and Saturdays.
  5. London Transport Museum – The collection at London Transport Museum started in the 1920s with the first addition being two Victorian horse buses and one bus submitted by the London General Omnibus Company. The museum changed locations a few times before settling in the Flower Market building in Covent Garden in 1980.
  6. Adelphi Theatre – The Adelphi Theatre’s history goes back to 1806 and it still continues to be a host of West End theatre entertainment today with a capacity of 1500 people. The original building was established on the site in 1806 – the one you see today is the fourth building. When the theatre was founded in 1806 it was called Sans Pareil where numerous musicals, pantomimes and plays were hosted. The current site opened in 1930 on The Strand, and bought by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group in 1993 when it was refurbished.

If you can’t afford to spend a few days in Covent Garden, try and grab a bite to eat here where you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the street performers as you dine on fine English cuisine.

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