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Covent Garden Tours

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Covent Garden
In the heart of London’s West End, Covent Garden is one of the city’s most popular dining and entertainment hubs. Home to the Royal Opera House; several top theaters, including the Lyceum and the Donmar Warehouse; world-class restaurants; and many major brand-name stores, most travelers to London plan to explore this area while visiting.
 
The Basics
Covent Garden’s original purpose was as a convent garden, where Westminster Abbey monks would grow fruit and vegetables, some 500 years ago. In the 17th century, architect Inigo Jones built St. Paul’s Church (not to be confused with the cathedral) and the Covent Garden Piazza and the area started to take shape. In the streets around the market came theaters, coffee houses, and restaurants, turning the area into a nightlife hotspot.
 
The market arcades, built in the 1830s, were home to fruit, vegetable, and flower sellers. The original market was moved out of the city in the 1970s, and the arcades were redeveloped into stores and cafes. Nowadays, the piazza is famous for lively street performers, while the surrounding streets—Floral Street, Neal Street, Long Acre, and Mercer Street—offer some of the best shopping in London. Guided walking, bike, and taxi tours visit the area on a regular basis. It's also a stop on hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Covent Garden is wheelchair accessible.
  • For same-day theater tickets, visit the TKTS booth on Leicester Square.
  • St. Paul’s Church is known as “The Actor’s Church” for the area’s many theaters.
  • The churchyard has benches for visitors to sit and rest.
  • Covent Garden’s seven main streets converge at the Seven Dials sundial.
 
How to Get There
Covent Garden is located in the center of West End, London. The nearest subway (tube) station is Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line. Leicester Square station is also a short walk away. The area is walkable from many other points in Central London and is a popular stop on historic walking and bike tours of the city. Hop-on hop-off buses also stop here.
 
When to Get There
Covent Garden is a public piazza and is open all day. The Apple Market stalls are open from 10am–6pm. Nearby stores, restaurants, and theaters, including the Royal Opera House, have their own separate opening times—check before visiting.
 
London’s Chinatown
A few streets away from Covent Garden, bordered by Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road is London’s Chinatown, filled with colorful shops and restaurants serving authentic East Asian cuisine. One of the city’s most popular destinations for cheap eats, the area is always buzzing with both locals and tourists.
Address: Covent Garden Market, London WC2, England
Admission: Free
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London Pub Walking Tour of Covent GardenWine Tasting

London Pub Walking Tour of Covent Garden

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3hr Covent Garden pub & tavern walking tour. Ideal for lovers of beer, wine, spirits and London pub culture. Visit five of Covent Garden’s most interesting and historic pubs. Be regaled with tales of the well-known characters who frequented these Covent Garden venues. Benefit from a more personal atmosphere with a small-group tour. Receive a more intimate view of the area by exploring on foot.
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Camden Market, Borough Market and Covent Garden Market Private TourHalf-day Tours

Camden Market, Borough Market and Covent Garden Market Private Tour

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London has some of the best markets in the world and this private tour lets you experience them like a local. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you browse famous markets such as Camden Lock, Covent Garden, and Spitalfields; discover local favorites like the Jubilee Market and Greenwich Market; and shop for delicious artisan foods at Borough Market.
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus TourBus Tours

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of LondonHalf-day Tours

Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

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Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
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Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes City Packages

Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes

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Go on a Magic of Film themed walking tour of London. Follow a guide along through Soho to see the Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, and hear movie trivia as you go. You’ll also take a fun quiz to test your own movie knowledge.
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London Old City Walking TourFull-day Tours

London Old City Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself in legend and grandeur on a walking tour through London. On this fun and informative excursion, explore the warren of streets that make up London's Old City to visit sites like Covent Garden, St. Paul’s Cathedral and London Bridge, as well as infamous locations such as the Tower of London—where many enemies of the crown met their deaths. Explore this cutting-edge metropolis that remains a landmark of tradition.
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off TourBus Tours

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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Secret Walking Tour of Central LondonCity Packages

Secret Walking Tour of Central London

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Venture off the tourist trail and discover the stories, secrets and superstitions that make London so unique on this small-group walking tour. Unforgettable sights include the world's smallest police station, an ancient water gate and the Duke of Wellington's nose, revealing a side to London that you never knew existed.
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Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of LondonBus Tours

Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

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Take a private custom tour through bustling London in a traditional black taxi! Your personal driver will help you design the perfect 2-hour itinerary or take the reins completely, escorting you to London’s key attractions. Travel at your own pace, and request stops to snap photos, grab a souvenir or have a closer look at a site. London is your oyster on this private black taxi tour!
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour Mountain Bike Tours

Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

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Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a sightseeing tour. Led by a guide, pedal past the city's top sites, including Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Along the way, learn about the city’s colorful history — the glorious, the infamous, and everything in between.  
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Private Custom Tour: London in a DayFull-day Tours

Private Custom Tour: London in a Day

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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London City Tour Hop On - Hop Off with Free Walking Tour and River CruiseBus Tours

London City Tour Hop On - Hop Off with Free Walking Tour and River Cruise

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Maximize your time in London with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Choose a 1-day, 24-, 48-, or 72-hour ticket and make the most of unlimited travel across several routes for the ticket validity period. Get views of top London sights such as the Tower of London and Big Ben from the open-top bus, listen to audio commentary and enjoy the flexibility to hop on and off at any of the well-placed stops. All tickets also include a complimentary river cruise and a walking tour.
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The Cheese Tour - with glass of proseccoCity Packages

The Cheese Tour - with glass of prosecco

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Guided tours are a great way to see the best of London, but trudging round the landmarks can lack a certain appeal. On this walking tour with a difference, starting in Mayfair, tuck into some of London's finest blue cheese, in a cheese counter that's been serving the whey too eager public for over 300 years. This place sells literally tonnes of Stilton every December! Fortnum & Mason is where even the royals get their dairy fix. Stop off in the last remaining store of Little Italy in Soho, dine on some of the best baked Camembert in Covent Garden.
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of LondonHalf-day Tours

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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3-hour Old City of London Walking TourHalf-day Tours

3-hour Old City of London Walking Tour

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Get a more intimate glimpse into the historic City of London than you would by coach or car on a walking tour. Designed to delight history buffs, this tour reveals off-the-beaten-path places and allows you to orient yourself among central London’s winding streets without getting lost. If you’re visiting London for the first time, this tour provides a great way to kickstart your vacation.
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Private London evening tour by carHalf-day Tours

Private London evening tour by car

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Avoid the busy London Underground (subway) and see the best of London at night from the relaxing vantage point of a private car. Save time of going to a meeting place with hotel pickup, and pass by top landmarks, including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Coca-Cola London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace.
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Trendy Covent Garden and Soho Walk - Private Custom TourHalf-day Tours

Trendy Covent Garden and Soho Walk - Private Custom Tour

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Explore two of London’s most vibrant shopping districts (and follow a local to vintage shops and independent boutiques that most tourists miss) on this private tour. Meet your guide in Covent Garden, and wander through the bustling streets along Seven Dials. Next, transfer to dynamic Soho, where you’ll visit department stores, see the elegant sweep of Regent’s Street, and wander down Carnaby Street. This tour is customizable, and the itinerary can be tailored to fit your interests.
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Private Tour of London in a Classic CarCity Packages

Private Tour of London in a Classic Car

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See London with your own private driver who shows you around the city in a classic Mini Cooper. During your two-hour tour, your driver-guide shows you both top attractions including St Paul's Cathedral, Houses of Parliament (aka Palace of Westminster) and Big Ben, and lesser-known favorites such as Borough Market — the oldest food market in London. Get an insider’s perspective on the best places to go in London and enjoy the fun of seeing the city in your own private car.
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Must see London with a local: private & personalizedDay Trips

Must see London with a local: private & personalized

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Make your London adventure a personal one on a private 8-hour sightseeing tour. Your tailor made itinerary can include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the city’s hidden gems, and much more. It's up to you. Thanks to the expert navigation skills of your Londoner guide, you’re able to explore in an efficient, but leisurely manner. Leave with exclusive tips on what to see, eat, and do with the rest of your vacation.
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London City Center Westminster Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

London City Center Westminster Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Gain a better understanding of London’s history, which stretches back to Roman times, on this walking tour of the city. Follow your guide around as he or she tells you interesting facts and tidbits about the past, and stop by well-known places, such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square. Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring you spend an intimate day with a small group of like-minded history buffs.
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Private 90 Minutes London Kickstart TourCity Packages

Private 90 Minutes London Kickstart Tour

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See many of London’s major highlights in just a short amount of time—and tweak your itinerary to fit your interests—on a private tour of the city, led by a long-time London resident. Pick morning or afternoon tour times and meet your guide in the city’s Pimlico neighborhood. Choose to see major landmarks, art museums, bustling neighborhoods, and more. You’ll also head off the tourist track to explore locals-frequented areas and venues, and will learn insider tips about the city from your guide.
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British Museum & London City Center Westminster Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

British Museum & London City Center Westminster Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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The British Museum is one of the UK’s largest and most visited museums, chronicling over two million years of human history. Make the most of your visit on this small-group tour, then marvel at London’s historic monuments on a guided walking tour, including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and the Houses of Parliament.
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Best of London: Experience the top 100 sights your own way, your own paceBus Tours

Best of London: Experience the top 100 sights your own way, your own pace

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Let technology lead the way and take a tour when you want with this self-guided tour of London the provides directions and commentary through your Smart Phone and right into your earbuds. Use the system without eating up any Smart Phone data and explore at your own pace while learning about London’s history, heritage, culture, traditions, and landmarks.
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London Landmarks & Secret Gems, Historic Pub and British Bikes with Local Guides

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Pedal around the sights in style on this small-group, 3.5-hour bike tour of central London. Hop on board your classic English Pashley bicycle and follow your guide down quiet backstreets, past famous landmarks and along the banks of the Thames River. Take in iconic sights like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Southbank and Covent Garden, then get off-the-beaten-track as you discover the street art of Banksy and even have a go at your own graffiti tag.
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