Covent Garden is a district in London on the eastern fringes of the West End, between St. Martin's Lane and Drury Lane. Having lived in London I frequented it plenty and I love this post by Tasnim, sums it up perfectly.
Whether you're looking to shop, dine, stroll, be entertained or experience a very unique heritage, there is plenty of great things to do in London's Covent Garden. While the list is endless, I'm happy to give you my favourite three (and yes I am female so shopping is in there) things to do in one day - get ready for a jam-packed day.
Covent Garden is well known for its entertainment and is the home to the Royal Opera House and many other theatres such as the Adelphi and Aldwych Theatres.
This world-famous theatre, home of the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera and the ROH Orchestra is open during the day to the general public, as well as being open to ticket holders during performances. Pre-booked guided tours are available daily. Buy a ticket for a performance from the Box Office and visit the ROH shop for a wide range of souvenirs.
You can even take in the stunning architecture without going to a show—the entrance hall and exhibitions are open for viewing and backstage tours.
Visit the London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, its culture and society since 1800. Highlights include the iconic red London bus, the world’s first underground steam train and the ‘padded cell’ – a train carriage dating back to the 1890s.
The Design for Travel gallery showcases pioneering advertising posters and artworks and the displays include Harry Beck’s original artwork for his ground breaking London Underground map, and the story of the development of the world famous ‘roundel’ transport logo.
The galleries are full of interactive exhibits for young people and adults alike to play on - including real buses and trains.
For a unique shopping experience, head to Seven Dials, London's most fashionable retail destination. Located at the doorstep of Covent Garden, Seven Dials is an assorted mix of stylish boutiques, edgy street stores, cafes, bars, designer houses and hotels. So whether you are looking to shop for designer outfits or vintage selections, or the latest in sportswear or accessories, or even getting your hair styled or catching a play, Seven Dials is the place for you.
While we were busy with shopping & museums we also visited the most amazing hotel that I wanted to take note of. The Lancaster is a spectacular new hotel ideally located in Bloomsbury, close to Covent Garden. It offers a peaceful retreat with it's Georgian features, in the quieter part of London’s West End.
The perfect way to start your day is with breakfast in the Lancaster's private walled garden, then hit the shops, the museum and end your day with a performance by the Royal Opera. That's one perfect English day.
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Tasnim Niger is an experienced writer, who likes to travel. She has a strong proficiency in writing and research and is eager to travel more of the world.