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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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Camden Market, Borough Market and Covent Garden Market Private Tour

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.30
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$201.30
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Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho

Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho

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Experience London’s vibrant nightlife and rich history on a pub tour of the West End. With a guide, head to traditional pubs and sample locally brewed beer in each one. Stroll through districts like Soho and Seven Dials, see iconic monuments like Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square, and pass through the alleys of Covent Garden. Gain fascinating insight into the history of beer and public houses in England, and enjoy an intimate atmosphere, limited to 15 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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Trendy Covent Garden and Soho Walk - Private Custom Tour

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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  • 3 hours
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$134.21
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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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 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 and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$39.46
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$39.46
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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$34.01
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Private Tour: Photography Walking Tour from Trafalgar Square to Covent Garden

Private Tour: Photography Walking Tour from Trafalgar Square to Covent Garden

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Capture the exotic food stalls and vibrant shop fronts of London’s Chinatown, the traditional architecture of Trafalgar Square, and the artists and street entertainers of buzzing Covent Garden, on this unique 4-hour photography walking tour. Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide, who’ll give you the tips and tricks necessary to improve your photos and get the most out of your camera.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$238.58
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Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes

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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  • 2 hours
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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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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  • 7 hours
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$158.28
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Secret Walking Tour of Central London

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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London Pub Walking Tour of Covent Garden

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.82
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Magic of Film Themed Virtual Tour of London

Magic of Film Themed Virtual Tour of London

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Go on a Magic of Film themed walking tour of London. Get sorted into teams and test your film knowledge. Starting in Soho, we wend our way through Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and many more stops - each with its own showbiz backstory! Walk in the footsteps of your favorite actors and screenwriters around the cinematic world of London. Your guide is a movie enthusiast, armed with weird and wonderful film trivia. Meet your guide in Soho, where you will be put into teams - prepare to have your movie knowledge tested in our Silverscreen Quiz! There are several other games along the way with fabulous prizes to be won. Visit the sites that inspired the movies, from Hitchcock’s classics and silent film, all the way through to Bond, Marvel movies and romcoms. PLEASE NOTE ALL TOUR TIMES ARE SET TO TIME ZONE BST
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  • 1 hour
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$6.79
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$6.79

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.75
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Christmas Lights Bike Tour of London

Christmas Lights Bike Tour of London

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Immerse yourself in the magic of the season with an evening Christmas lights bike tour through London! For a whimsical three hours, pedal past main attractions like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye bedecked in color and light. Take in the dazzle of Oxford Street blanketed in fairy lights, Covent Garden Christmas Market and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.  
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  • 3 hours
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$40.75
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Private Shopping Tour - Elegant Covent Garden, Soho, Regent’s Street, Carnaby St

Private Shopping Tour - Elegant Covent Garden, Soho, Regent’s Street, Carnaby St

This private tour is not just about seeing London but truly experiencing it during your walk along its shopping districts. Marvel at the vintage shops and independent boutiques with your personal guide. Your walk starts at Covent Garden and then you glide along the crowded streets of Seven Dials. Vibrant Soho awaits! Be dazzled at its department stores and paint-perfect streets such as Regent’s Street and Carnaby Street. You can change the itinerary according to your interests. • Change the itinerary as you want it to be • Set the convenient time to meet your guide • Be dazzled by colorful street life in Soho • Explore the paths unknown to most tourists
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$444.00
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$444.00
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Covent Garden Sightseeing Tour

Covent Garden Sightseeing Tour

Set in London’s West End, Covent Garden is a major draw for visitors and Londoners who enjoy its many attractions, including shopping, theatre, restaurants, bars, history and culture. This tour takes you on a exciting and hands-on journey that brings to life the sights and smells of 17th, 18th and 19th Century London with skill and realism. With its many highlights our native guide will navigate you through lively streets and show you the must see places including the London Transport Museum, the Royal Opera House, Somerset House and Covent Garden Market. There are also several smaller areas within Covent Garden that you will get priceless insights into and you will learn the fascinating story behind the green and blue plaques of Covent Garden...
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.29
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Gelato Tasting Tour of Covent Garden

Gelato Tasting Tour of Covent Garden

Your tour guide is a food expert in Gelato and Chocolate and cheese. He will introduce you to the finest Artisan Gelato and explain the history and what is the difference between Gelato and Ice Cream. Paul is passionate about London and the finest food this city has to offer.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$63.38
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$63.38

The Cheese Tour - with glass of prosecco

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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.01
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$34.01
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Private London evening tour by car

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.82
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$118.82
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Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Tours an open air outdoors experience

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Tours an open air outdoors experience

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Rock and rave your way through London and enjoy your sightseeing with a little added style on this silent disco walking tour. With your high-tech headphones on, follow your guide through the streets of London accompanied by feel-good beats from the 1970s to the noughties. Along the way, soak up the sites of central London and set your inner singer free.
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  • 1 hour
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$27.21
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$27.21
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Must See London With A Local: Private & Personalized

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$178.93
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London: Self-Guided City Experience

London: Self-Guided City Experience

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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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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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$12.34
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Bespoke Walk

Bespoke Walk

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Get a more intimate glimpse into London than you would if traveling by bus or car on a walking tour that can be tailored to your interests. Rather than visiting sights that you’re less interested in, you’ll enjoy the flexibility to indulge your interests in a particular place, person, or era alongside a private, London-based guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$357.86
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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise (Fri-Sun only).
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.94
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London's Festive Sights And Christmas Lights

London's Festive Sights And Christmas Lights

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London is known for its spectacular Christmas lights, decorations, markets, and window displays. On this tour, you’ll save hours researching and planning your itinerary by having a local host to take you on an action-packed tour of top attractions. See Covent Garden’s window displays, learn where to see the best Christmas lights, and enjoy Christmas Markets at South Bank. You’ll also get to enjoy the quintessentially British experience of visiting a London pub, and a hot chocolate, mulled wine, or soft drink is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.78
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