Covent Garden has been home to a market, theatres, and street entertainers for hundreds of years and the tradition continues to this day. Find a hotel near Covent Garden with us and explore all that this exciting area has to offer.
Many people come here for the excellent street performers that play in the square, ranging from buskers, to acrobats, magicians, opera singers and even a Santa’s Grotto during Christmas time when the Covent Garden Hotels become really popular.
There are also a number of renowned theatres in the area, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where Monty Python recorded their legendary concert album. The Theatre Royal currently hosts popular plays and musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber and others, including Wicked and The Book of Mormon, which attract's lots of tourists to the hotels near Covent Garden.
The elegant Royal Opera House had the first ballet performed here in 1734 and Handel specifically wrote many of his operas for the venue. It has also been home to the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet for over sixty years.
St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden also has strong ties to the theatre community. The first recorded performance of Punch and Judy took place here in 1662, as noted by the diarist, Samuel Pepys.
There’s more history to be discovered at the London Transport Museum, where you can see a range of old public transport vehicles, including buses, trolleybuses, trams, and rail vehicles.
When it’s time to shop, you’ll find great gift ideas for yourself and all the family in the boutique craft shops and bigger retail stores that line the square. Head to the Apple Store to check out the latest iPads, see the latest from Mickey Mouse and the gang at the Disney Store, or browse designer fashion at stores such as Burberry, Chanel, and Ted Baker.
If all of the above has made you hungry, there are plenty of great places to eat just a short walk from even the cheap hotels near Covent Garden. Try some Italian classics at the Jamie Oliver Restaurant, gorgeous burgers at the Gourmet Burger Kitchen, or hot dogs, frozen custard and shakes at the amazing Shake Shack.