Covent Garden Market

A market since Roman times

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Not too many Londoners make regular trips to Covent Garden; it is more popular with tourists. But London’s former fruit and vegetable market is a lively, fun atmosphere and you can still imagine what this marketplace might have been like in Roman times.

Jugglers, comedians and musicians perform most days in the Piazza by St Paul’s Church but the best entertainment is the violinists and opera singers in the courtyard outside the Crusted Pipe, a bar in the lower level of the market square. In summer, come early to get an outdoor table. Another good drinking venue is on the balcony of the Punch and Judy pub where you can stand above the fray.

Artists’ stalls line the indoor market areas; the North Hall’s Apple Market is best. The fantastic London Transport Museum is in the southeast corner of the Piazza and the nearby London outpost
of Baltazhar, the all-day brasserie, is a fun place to eat.

At A Glance

Covent Garden
London WC2

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