London has an amazing number of places to visit and events to see all year long. Whether you want to appreciate its iconic historical sites or take in its vibrant arts and cultural scene, there’s an incredible array of attractions to experience in this dynamic city.
To make the most of your trip, it’s recommended to stay at a hotel in central London, and you’ll find several five and four-star hotels in Paddington, in central London.
If you stay at the Park Grand London Hyde Park Hotel, you’re just a short distance from one of the hottest destinations in town: Covent Garden. The famous location has undergone a transformation from being just another tourist spot to one of the most popular areas in London. With fantastic shops, bars and restaurants having sprung up, along with a slew of activities to choose from, it’s the place to visit in the city.
During your next trip to London, you’ll want to fit these top attractions in and around Covent Garden into your itinerary:
Exploring Covent Garden Market
The area is well known for its famous market that has been around for more than 400 years—since 1654 in fact. The fruit and vegetable market, which was originally based here (New Covent Garden Market), has been moved to Nine Elms. In its place is the modern market we see today: Covent Garden Market. The stunning Apple Market, which is located in a picturesque, nineteenth-century piazza, houses shops with an eclectic choice of items that range from stationary, toys, jewelry, and ties. Many of the items to be found here are different from what you can expect to find on the high street. So, if you’re looking for something really quirky and unusual, then this is the place to shop.
The South Piazza hosts the Jubilee Market, known for its exceptional antiques. Mondays are the best days to head to the market for the finest pieces available for sale, and drop in on the weekends when there are more than 200 stalls selling a variety of arts and crafts. If you’re a gastronome, then visit the Real Food Market on Thursdays, which is when you’ll get to savour the finest homemade delicacies with fresh breads, cakes, and macaroons, among other treats.
Visit wonderful museums
Probably the most famous museum in the world, the British Museum, is a short stroll from Covent Garden and a fascinating place to explore with the family. There are also free tours to take, which is a great way to learn more about the museum and its priceless exhibits.
The British Museum is home to one of the finest and largest collections of rare artifacts from around the world and different eras. With galleries displaying invaluable artifacts and the most incredible collections, it’s definitely not an experience to miss! There are plenty of free activities and events for kids like museum trails, art events, and the handling of objects. It’ll certainly be a one-of-a-kind event for kids!
Though there’s no admission fee, some of the special exhibitions may charge a nominal fee. As those generally attract large crowds, it’s always a good idea to book your tickets well in advance to avoid any disappointment.
The London Transport Museum is also in the vicinity and showcases a variety of different modes of public transport throughout the ages!
Enjoy a performance at the theatre
Covent Garden has an abundance of theatres neary in London’s famed West End, so it might be a bit of a puzzle deciding which to go to. One of the biggest theatres in the area is the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which has played host to some of the most popular and acclaimed shows in the city. These include those that have been a hit with the kids like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Producers, and Matilde.
For adults, there are great performances like War Horse and The Bodyguard, which have won accolades from both the public and critics. Whatever you plan to see at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, you’ll be amazed by the performances for sure.
Another popular choice is the Aldwych Theatre—its magnificent façade is a sight to behold. It also served as the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company for quite a number of years. Check the daily listings to decide for shows you’d like to see at any of the great theatres of your choice in the area.
Shop in Covent Garden
Covent Garden has become one of the most popular areas for shopping in London, and there are a multitude of high-street brands that keep in line with the chic and trendy image that the area is known for. If you’re keen on designer ware, you’ll never run short of options to choose from. With top brands like Burberry, Chanel, Mulberry, and Paul Smith, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you’re the adventurous sort, you could browse through shops like Filed & Trek and Cotswold Outdoor, among others. And if all that shopping makes you develop an appetite, head straight to Laudree, which is renowned for its superb macaroons. You can also sample scrumptious snacks with champagne or even order take-away.
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