Covent Garden

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by morph! on March 19, 2007

A magical place to pick out souvenirs from your stay in London, Covent Garden is a must-see for anyone interested in fashion, traditional toys, open air opera and food in a fantastic location!

Walking over to the market from the Covent Garden underground stop, you'll see boutiques and theatres and super shops galore - try to ignore them and go first to the market for something more unique!

The closed-over market seems divided in two - there's the bric-a-brac, alternative clothes site and the artistic, crafty side where you can pick up pieces by designers starting out.

After a leisurely look, walk over to the shops surrounding the market. With everything from quirky to more upmarket clothes, there's something for every taste and most budgets. The make-up and skin care shops are specialist and expensive - perfect for a holiday treat - while the traditional toy shops are full of things to take home - I particularly loved the puppet theatres in every possible size. There's also the museum (and shop!) dedicated to London transport - in stock are, for example, DVDs showing the journey of London underground trains, and books with photos of old buses and trams. A perfect place to pick up postcards with a difference!

In the courtyards outside the shops, opera singers take it in turns to entertain in the open air as you eat waffles and ice cream from the caf├ęs between shops. Covent Garden is a really special sight - it's expensive but an experience you won't want to miss.
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