Saturday, August 1, 2009

5 reasons to visit Covent Garden


Weekend's finally here and if you are still wondering how you could best spend your time before heading back to work again, fret no more! Why not follow the hoards of tourists? Head towards the ever bustling Covent Garden for a cheery and colourful afternoon! Here's 5 reasons why Covent Garden remains one of the favourite spots for Londoners and tourists alike.

1. Busking is the order of the day

Busking is very much alive in London an it has been tune to an art in Covent Garden. Have your photo taken with the muscular Roman soldier covered with silver paint or Invisible Man (an irony no doubt), be tickled by the cheeky comedians walking on tight ropes or simply take a moment and enjoy some instrumental performances. You could practically spend hours making your rounds at the buskers. Just be sure to drop some change before you move off to the next performance.

2. London Transport Museum

Though the London Transport Museum is not as grand as the British Museum nor is it as quirky as the London Museum, it is nevertheless an institution in its own right.

Don't be misled by its facade for you'll need the better part of an afternoon to fully explore it.

3. Shopping galore

Though no longer a market for vegetables, flowers and fruits, Covent Garden remains a commercial retail hub. High street stores and independent shops filled the market square and the nearby streets and alleys. A heaven even for the window shoppers.

4. People watching

After you're done with shopping, have a cup of Breakfast tea at one of the alfresco cafes in Covent Garden. Covent Garden, with its many pubs, is one of the favourite venues for stag and hen parties. Watch out for the groups of men and women in outrageous costumes mingling with the crowds.

5. Set in the heart of West End

Set right in the heart of London's West End, Covent Garden is never far from the London's theatre entertainment scene - you'll be spoilt for choice with The Woman in Black, Oliver Twist, Chicago and Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, all of which are being performed within a five minutes' walk from Covent Garden's market square.

For more on Covent Garden and how to spend your day in London, refer to images of Covent Garden or a 1 day itinerary for London.

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waitingkitty said...

Oh, I like Covent Garden! Great atmosphere and great for people watching!

C K said...

I never get tired of the place, a good place to hang out while Wife goes shopping. lol