Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Covent Garden Market

Tips for visiting Covent Garden Market
By Mark Fitzgerald

The London attraction of Covent Garden Market is not too different than Boston's Quincy market. There are a wide variety shops, crafts and foods. Similar to other large city markets it is a wide area more than a single market; it takes in several blocks of buildings.
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Covent Garden Market

Covent Garden Market is not (or no longer) like Pike's Place Market in Seattle.  The food market has disappeared over the years, though there are still lots of restaurants and cafes. In the past there have been food stalls on Friday nights, which is the night we plan to be there, and it appears that still happens at select times. It is still primarily a day time destination.   

As we get closer to our visit we will look at their website for details.  Even if the shops are closed there are lots of restaurant options.  I think the attraction for our family is not the shopping but the buzz, street performing and people watching, so I would like to work out a time to visit when it is open for business.

One of the shoppes that we want to visit is Neal's Yard Dairy.  The cheese may be pricey but the dairy still seems to be a sight to see.

There are a number of ways of getting to Covent Garden.  The most accessible Tube Station is Covent Garden on the Picadilly Line.  There is also Embankment Station which uses the Circle and District lines.  You can always use the London Transport option of riding a bike or one of the many buses in the area. The bike dock on the back side of the London Transport Museum on Wellington and Tavistock.

Most stores have a restroom for paying customers.  There is a paid public restroom near the bike dock on Tavistock.  There is also a free toilet in the piazza, south of St. Pauls, in the basement.

Map of Covent Garden Market:

The website for Covent Garden Market is:

Going on a family vacation builds memories, provides life changing experiences and helps teach about the world we live in. Take time to explore, enjoy and have fun. If shopping at Covent Gardens sounded interesting you may also like Harrods. You can also look at our entire list of London Attractions.


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