MOSTLY known for being part of the ‘Theatre District’, Covent Garden is one of those little pockets of London that is full of energy and provides so much in such a small area. I’ve been lucky enough to work around the area, which meant that for many of my lunchtimes I had plenty to wander and look at.
Smack bang in the middle of it is the Covent Garden Market which hosts stalls filled with antiques, jewellery, prints and souvenirs as well as long standing stores from the high street and little boutiques. There are also some great food stalls where you can get amazing paella as well as coffee and cupcakes. There is often live music being played or sung so don’t be surprised if you are walking around while being serenaded by Spanish guitarists or sung to by an opera singer.
Musicians aren’t the only entertainment you can find, with many street performers and buskers littering the main areas. From ‘statues’ painted all in silver to stilt walking jugglers, there is always something to see while you sit at a café or pub. I’ve also been lucky enough to stumble upon a fresh food cooking demonstration on one evening, meaning I got a taste test from one of London’s restaurants for just being in the right place at the right time.
Surrounding the markets are lots of shops, pubs and cafes where you can easily find a cheap pre theatre dinner or just some drinks, with a type of place to suit everyone. If you haven’t already found it, you can also stumble upon the Aussie food shop stocked full with favourites from back home. While the prices of Tim Tams are a bit extreme, it’s comforting to know they are there if you ever need them!
With a huge Apple store on one corner of the Piazza, it isn’t just high street stores you can hit for shopping. Covent Garden is filled with vintage and second hand shops. One of the best ones is Rockit – that has such a wide range of clothes, shoes and accessories that if you are looking for something — you will most likely find it!
My favourite thing about Covent Garden is the fresh food market that pops up every Thursday. It’s the perfect excuse to take a break from work, get out of the office and treat yourself to something yummy for lunch. Similar to the food available at Borough Markets you are never short of something great to choose from but I totally recommend the corn crepes.
Phew! I think that’s covered most of what I have discovered in my lunch time wanderings but I’m sure as I continue to explore I will unearth some more fun things in all the nooks and crannies Covent Garden has to offer.