Exploring Covent Garden
Once the city's flower, fruit and vegetable market, modern day Covent Garden is a hub for visitors for its Royal Opera House, market square, actors' church, street entertainment, pubs, restaurants and winding, narrow shopping streets. A visit to Covent Garden is an absolute must. Wander around Neal's Yard, a narrow alleyway opening out into a sprawling courtyard, to explore the endless trinket shops and gourmet stalls. Dive into rustic-decorated Opera Tavern to get your fill of authentic Spanish tapas or stop by Hawksmoor for some of the best steaks and cocktails in the area. Then, wander along to the West End to catch one of London's latest shows.
Accommodations near Covent Garden
A popular tourist city, accommodations London has a wide range of places to stay ranging from affordable hostels to luxury hotels. London caters for every type of traveler from budget backpackers to high-brow hunters. Choose from a wide selection of stays, from classic British hotels to quirky boutiques, inexpensive hostels to serviced apartments. Whatever you decide upon, however, you aren't likely to spend much time locked up indoors as London's busy streets will beckon you away. Recommended hotels near Covent Garden are The Strand Palace, The Waldorf Hilton, and ME London.
Sightseeing near Covent Garden
London's two-millennia history as a capital city set along the banks of the River Thames goes back to its founding as Londinium by the Romans. The heart of the conurbation is the City of London's iconic Square Mile, following the boundaries of the medieval walls and now home to the world's most important financial centre. The present-day city is a fantastic combination of history, heritage, landmark buildings, world-class museums, a vibrant theater district, shopping areas galore and amazing nightlife. Be sure to visit the bordering Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus.
Transportation near Covent Garden
The air arrival hubs for most of London's tourists are Heathrow and Gatwick international airports, with Heathrow's Piccadilly Line Tube station and Airport Express to Paddington Station giving fast access to the city centre. Gatwick has a fast rail link to Victoria Station. Once in the city, the best way to travel is by the Tube as its inner city stations are close to the majority of London's attractions. London's famous black cabs are convenient but expensive, and bus travel, although comprehensive, is slow due to overcrowded roads. Self-drive isn't recommended due to the congestion charge, the expense of parking and the city's day-long heavy traffic.