If you’re a lover of theatre, fine dining, street performances and boutique retail therapy, then a visit to London’s Covent Gardens is not to be missed!
Featuring an elegant pedestrianised piazza, beautiful shopfronts and elegant marketplaces, thousands upon thousands of visitors flock to this iconic area each year to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and enjoy some great shopping and entertainment.
Here’s our five-minute guide that gives you everything you need to know when planning a visit to Covent Garden.
How to get there
Getting to Covent Garden from the Chilworth Hotel is really straightforward. Simply take the Bakerloo tube line from Paddington Station to Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden is located just three minute’s walk away.
The journey takes just twenty minutes, so you can easily pop back to your hotel when you’re laden with shopping bags.
If you’re heading off to one of the many theatres in Covent Garden later in the evening and don’t want to take the tube, it’s just a ten-minute black cab ride away from the Chilworth Hotel.
What to see
Covent Garden isn’t just a mecca for shopaholics, its also home to some of the world’s best theatres featuring well-known and new shows playing on a daily basis. Pop in for an afternoon matinee or book tickets for a later performance after heading back to the Chilworth Hotel to get ready for a big night out in Covent Garden.
There’s also plenty of places to eat, but as the area is always pretty busy, then it can be difficult to get a table. Instead, you could opt for a late lunch at one of the best restaurants in London Paddington that’s nearer to your hotel once you’ve finished browsing the performances you want to see during your visit to London.
There’s also plenty of street performers looking to entertain you during your visit to Covent Garden, so stroll around the piazza and streets and enjoy the musicians, street artists and comedians that help give the area its buzzing atmosphere.
Where to shop
Covent Garden is simply bursting with gorgeous independent boutiques, big high street names and designer labels. But what makes this area so special is the Covent Garden indoor market.
Packed full of handcrafted jewellery, homewares and one-off paintings, there’s something to suit every taste and budget. The market halls are sectioned off into different areas as there’s also an amazing selection of artisan breads, cheeses and preserves available as well as continental treats to tempt your palette, so its perhaps not the best place to visit if you’re on a diet or already have dinner reservations at one of the best restaurants in London Paddington later that evening.
Browse around the various stalls and chat with the local artisans and craftsmen to see if you can pick up a little piece of London at a bargain price.