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 cafés 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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