Best Things To Do In Covent Garden

Our top picks for the best things to do in Covent Garden including selections from the most expensive and cheapest things to do for solo travellers, couples, friends, and families

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The Ivy (Market Grill)

1 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8PS

Eating in Style Covent Garden Restaurants Henrietta Street

Walking around the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden it has hard to imagine the area as once being farmland belonging to Westminster Abbey (hence the name "Covent Garden"). In that time the only things to do would have been farming hence the area not being such a tourist attraction. Don't worry though times have changed and now if you take your partner or family to Covent Garden you will find plenty of things to do.

Covent Garden's relatively recent history, it's still older than America as a commercial area, does't take away from its charm. The street performers in particular give the illusion that you could be in stereotypical medieval times, the market and piazza can also transpose those thoughts.

Covent Garden Piazza

Did someone say pizza? No! Of course a piazza is a sort of a posh gazebo which is a sort of a post glasshouse. That's probably not much clearer for our foreign readers. Covent Garden Piazza is well worth a visit though and yes you can get pizza there.

Attend an Opera at the Royal Opera House

Visit Covent Garden Market

Watch a Play at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Visit the London Transport Museum

Probably one of the most interesting museums and underrated museums in London. Transportation, in particular railways affected all aspects of our lives. For example there was not a "standard" time as we know it before the invention of the railways. Fascinating and great for the family especially in the age of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Take a Moment at St Paul's Church

Not to be confused with St Paul's Cathedral.

Visit the Freemasons' Hall

A great place for anyone keen to research more about the Freemasons.

Take in a Street Performance

Let's face it, if you can visit Covent Garden and avoid a street performance you are doing better than most of us.

Recommended Restaurants in Covent Garden

Covent Garden has some great restaurants to suit every occasion and every budget. Eating well shouldn't be a class issue but then there is The Ivy. Ever popular with A-listers The Ivy has been an institution for actors performing at the many nearby theatres since it opened in 1917 as an Italian cafe. If you are on a budget then you could discover a new classic at one of the great pizza restaurants in Covent Garden. A few of our favourites are Bungatini, Pepe Italian Street Food, Prima Covent Garden, and La Ballerina. Claiming to be London's oldest restaurant Rule's is so old the Charles Dickens used to be a regular later came Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. That doesn't mean the food isn't great though with food being served with a story being event more enjoyable. Modern versions of British classics like pies and game dishes make it a great place to visit.

Recommended Pubs, Bars & Clubs in Covent Garden

Of course Soho is just a short walk from Covent Garden so be sure to look at our recommendations for things to do in Soho including the best restaurants in Soho and the best nightclubs,

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Last updated on 25/10/2018, 22:32

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