"Everything in a few blocks" Other Markets Tip by tvor

Other Markets, London: 69 reviews and 95 photos


Covent Garden was designed as a piazza in the 1600's and some of the area street names are still the same as then. St. Paul's church is on one side of the square and it used to be surrounded by Inigo Jones designed houses. Little by little Covent Garden became a market square and then a flower market and slowly the merchants expanded into the surrounding streets. In the mid 1960's, the old market was cleared out and redeveloped for tourism. There are still market stalls amid all the shops and restaurants and the old theatre is now the Royal Opera House.

What to buy: Covent Garden has some very interesting shops in the main piazza structure. There are seconds china shops, a theatre and toy store, Past Times, boutiques and the market stalls as well. You will see street performers and at night, there are streams of people filing into the area to take part in the bars and restaurants before and after the theatre.

Address: Various
Phone: Maps and shopping guide below
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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