Covent Garden: A visitor's guide

Residing in the eastern edge of the West End, Covent Garden is surrounded by an abundance of theatres, shops, bars, restaurants and eccentric street performers and is recognised as London’s hub of entertainment and leisure.

Covent Garden’s piazza-style environment is home to three popular markets, The Apple Market, East Colonnade Market and Jubilee Market, which sell an array of goods from crafts to antiques and is therefore a popular destination for both locals and visitors.

Whether you’re looking to shop, dine, wander or experience the area’s heritage, Covent Garden has plenty of things to do and see allowing there to be something for everyone.

What to do in the evenings?

After a hard day at work, Covent Garden proves to be a perfect place to unwind with a range of things to do and see. The world-famous Royal Opera House is a great place to go if you enjoy the performing arts as it is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House so you can be sure of a spectacular evening of music, dance and drama.

If you’re looking to treat yourself to a great meal outside of your apartment, this area has a diverse array of places to try, including cult favourite MEATmarket, the sophisticated Laduree and Jamie Oliver’s bespoke Union Jacks concept. Similarly, there are some popular bars and pubs to enjoy such as Green Man & French Horn, which is known for its exceptional wine list and quirky atmosphere.

However, spending money isn’t necessary to enjoy Covent Garden as there is plenty to see whilst walking around. Street entertainers are synonymous with the area so you will always find some crowd-pleasing performances which locals and visitors come together to watch of an evening.

What to do at the weekend?

Known as a vibrant retail and leisure district, Covent Garden has a plethora of luxury premium retailers and one off craft stalls to explore during your time off at the weekend. Several fashion brands such as Burberry Brit, Rugby Ralph Lauren and Opening Ceremony have launched there first UK stores here whilst the ever popular Apple, Jubilee and East Colonnade markets are at the heart of the 19th century piazza and offer an eclectic mix of craft, antiques and jewellery.

If you’re interested in the rich history this area has to offer then why not join a walking tour which will provide you with some fascinating commentary of the historic Covent Garden that dates back to the sixth century.

Moreover, the famous London Transport Museum resides here and aims to conserve and explain the heritage of London’s transport by explaining the link between transport and the growth of modern London. The museum is encased in a beautiful Victorian iron and glass building, which was previously home to Covent Garden’s vegetable, fruit and flower market and is open every day for an admission charge of £13.50 per adult.

Popular restaurants during the day include Shake Shack and Sticks ‘n’ Sushi which both serve high-quality fresh food and are a perfect way to re-fuel after shopping, strolling or exploring the areas culture.

Transport

Getting to and from Covent Garden couldn’t be simpler with a range of transport links at your disposal. Covent Garden tube station is on the Piccadilly line and is just a short walk from the Market building at the end of St James Street.

Other popular stations such as Leicester Square and Charing Cross are good alternatives as they prove to be less busy than Covent Garden station whilst also allowing travellers to discover some of the area on foot.

Serviced Apartments

At Portland Brown we have over 400 high-quality serviced apartments for the corporate market spread across London. We have an abundance of properties around the Covent Garden area which all take between five and fifteen minutes to walk to. So if you’re working in the City or Central, these apartments are perfect for great transport links alongside being in a fantastic area of the capital.