Covent Garden – London Travel Guide

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Covent Garden is a thriving metropolitan hotspot and one of London’s most esteemed shopping destinations. Once home to a huge fruit and vegetable market, it now hosts a multitude of independent boutiques, historic buildings and world class entertainment venues like the Royal Opera House. The district’s heart is a decadent mid-Victorian mall called the Apple Market which is packed with shops that specialise in everything from flowers to haute couture. The main streets are a year-round riot of colourful restaurants, pubs, flower shops, and delicatessens.

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Getting there

Getting there

The port at Dover is the closest major destination that DFDS operates at and is less than two hours’ drive to the very centre of London. The M20 motorway leads straight from the Dover area to the M25 London circular, from which accessing any of London’s districts is straightforward. Alternatively, the port at Newhaven is just 2 hours from London via the M25.

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How to get to Covent Garden

How to get to Covent Garden

Once you’re in London, getting to Covent Garden is fairly straightforward. If you’re parking at a hotel in the city centre then you can get onto any tube that connects you to the Piccadilly line, which provides you with straightforward access to the Covent Garden station. It is also a short walk from Leicester Square which connects you to most of London’s tube lines. If you’d prefer to get a bus then the RV1 will take you straight there. You can even jump on a boat - Embankment is a regular stop for most water taxis, and that's just a short 5 minute walk from this bustling cultural hotspot. Take your own car and parking isn’t recommended as there really isn’t a lot of space but there is an NCP car park adjacent to the main square if you can find a space.

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Where to Stay

Covent Garden is host to a number of hotels including the Radisson Blu and a Travelodge. If you’re looking for somewhere quirkier to stay then you can also find some great boutique locations, including The Fielding Hotel and Kingsway Hall - a sumptuous and extravagant hotel that’s home to the Harlequin Restaurant.

There are also some great serviced apartment options in the area which include Grosvenor House Studios, an upmarket apartment block that leases rooms out to travellers and offers all modern conveniences in the very heart of London. Staying here means that you’ll be within easy reach of sightseeing attractions and you will also have some truly spectacular views from your bedroom window.

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There’s no shortage of things to do in Covent Garden. The Royal Opera house is always hosting world-class ballet, opera or theatre. The London Transport Museum is also well worth a look, and then there’s the Apple Market itself, with its boutique shops, cafes and tea rooms. Off the beaten path there’s plenty of incredible eateries that we’d recommend, including contemporary restaurants such as Margot. There are also more traditional joints such as Flat Iron, which is renowned for its steaks. Enjoy a bevy of street performers found to the north of Covent Garden’s main piazza. Some of these acts are truly a sight to behold, so we’d definitely recommend that you spend some time soaking up the atmosphere.

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