One of my favorite areas of London is Covent Garden, located in Central London within walking distance of Soho, the River Thames and Trafalgar Square. Covent Garden is composed of a large central indoor/outdoor market, side streets with shopping and restaurants, the Opera Quarter, St. Martin’s Courtyard, Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials.
I remember first stumbling upon Covent Garden as part of a class outing to Neal’s Yard. Turning the corner into this colorful nook of London was a wonderful surprise. Neal’s Yard is a small alley full of quaint shops offering natural health and beauty products, among other goodies, and health food cafes. It is a great spot to pick up unique souvenirs if you are visiting London.
The Covent Garden Market is hard to miss. Located right in the heart of Covent Garden, you can visit shops that sell homemade soaps, jewelry, clothing, anything you can think of! When I was there over the holiday season it was decorated beautifully with Christmas trees and gigantic ornaments hanging in the rafters. It was an incredibly festive environment.
Here is a list of some additional attractions in and around Covent Garden worth checking out:
- The Royal Opera House (home of The Royal Ballet)
- Covent Garden Market
- Somerset House
- Leicester Square
- Trafalgar Square
- National Gallery
I visited Covent Garden many times while living in London. I brought my family there too and they claimed it was one of their favorite parts of the city.
If you have ever visited Covent Garden, let me know what your favorite part was!
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