Covent Garden in London

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Covent Garden, London, is one of the most well-known shopping areas in the world. It is a district lying among the famous Drury Lane and St. Martin’s Lane. The well known Royal Opera House is close by to the shopping area. No only famous for tourists, it is also a young and vibrant place for Londoners to meet up , either for finding some unique pieces or for a drink after work. Covent Garden is a restless little gem.

By entering Covent Garden, you will see many street performers trying to attract everyone’s attention with the latest tricks, magics or outfits. There are many shops including boutiques, books, gadgets, designer wear or accessories, everything is within arms reach in this small piece of London. Shops selling all well-known designer names jostle with places bursting with special accessories to accompany any men’s or women’s outfit. Levi’s, lingerie, swimwear, sports clothes, or sportswear all types, kinds of clothes are prominently displayed. Beauty shops including the newly opened Dior and Burberry offer all ranges of cosmetic products along with natural and health products.

Covent Garden has served the public for a long time as a shopping area.  It started as an open air fruit and vegetable market in the year 1654.  However, it became a place of ill repute after many pubs, inns and brothels opened.  The area was cleaned up in 1830 and reopened as a shopping centre for public.  In the twentieth and twenty first century it is a well known tourist spot and shopping area, fashion designers, electronic giants, book stores, art galleries to cater to consumer tastes. There are shops selling sportswear, fashion wear, street wear, accessories, bags, boots, and precious stones. It contains elegant boutique hotels, pubs and fashionable eateries. In the market you can find a dapper jacket for and shirt for dad along with a splash of new perfume. Lingerie, casual and designer wears shoes, jewellery, and accessories for Mom.

There’s also a Apple store , the second one after Oxford Street store. have stocks for all the electronics and accessories around the brand. Music stores stock all types of music and movies to cater to everyone’s taste. There are shops selling posters if collecting antiques posters are your thing. Books shops burst with books on all topics and shops stock children’s toy and games, gifts from Walt Disney world, everything to suit the taste of any kid; bring them along and let them loose in the shops and watch their excitement.

When all that shopping tires you out there are places to stimulate your taste buds, Godiva, the luxury chocolatier,  Shake Shack Burger, Spanish Tapas, or if you fancy some Italian fare, that too is on offer nearby and you can gorge yourself on special gelato and pizzas.

After shopping you could also wondering to nearby areas, London Transport Museum, China town, or the famous soho area for pubs, restaurants, and some night clubs.

Directions
From the Airport
From Heathrow airport take Heathrow Express to Paddington, change for Bakerloo line to Piccadilly Circus, change again for Piccadilly line to Covent Garde
From Heathrow airport take Heathrow Connect to Ealing Broadway, Take central line to Holborn, then change Piccadilly line to Covent Garden.

Tube Station
Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line

*Recommendation
There’s a lot to see, you could plan around half day for shopping and enjoying the atmosphere.

Map

Major Brand
Accessorize, Dior, Burberry Avada, COS, Chanel, Fred, Perry, Godiva, Hobbs, Karen Millen, Kurt Geiger, Laduree, L’Occitane, Links of London, Mulberry, Muji, Paul Smith, Zara….

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