Covent Garden Tours

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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.
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Address: Covent Garden Market, London WC2, England
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3-Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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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Semi-Private Guided Walking Tour: London City Center Westminster

Gain a better understanding for London’s history, which stretches back to Roman times, on this 2.5-hour 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 House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square. Numbers are limited to 10 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll spend an intimate day with a small group of like-minded history buffs.
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Love London Bike Tour

Sitting in London traffic on a tour bus is no fun, so see the city’s sights in an active and enjoyable way on this 3-hour bike tour, which covers lesser-known London attractions. Cycling through the vibrant West End, you’ll pass renowned theater, The Old Vic, the 15th-century Lambeth Palace, and the colorful shops and cafes of Lower Marsh. Delve into luxurious London in Mayfair, replete with exclusive clubs and hotels, and pedal past the historic Horse Guards Parade and Carnaby Street, Soho's beating heart.
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Private Tour: London Taxi Photographic Tour

Enjoy a seamless way to explore London when you travel by taxi—and have your trip commemorated by a professional photographer—on this private tour of the city. Choose between several tour lengths, and set off to see the city’s key sights. As you go, learn more about the landmarks from your guide, pose for photos, and stop the car to capture photos of your own. After the tour, you’ll be sent a CD of all the images from your day out.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Walking Tour: Highlights of London with a Blue Badge Guide

Explore London’s iconic sights by foot on a 4-hour private tour, with an official UK Blue Badge guide. As you stroll from landmark to landmark, hear intriguing facts about the city’s heritage and culture, and enjoy photo stops at Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Learn about London’s medieval history and check out other star turns such as Covent Garden, Horse Guards Parade and the crowning glory, regal Buckingham Palace. If there’s something you want to see more of, talk to your guide about adjusting your itinerary to suit.
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Private Tour: London Photography Walking Tour from Trafalgar Square to Covent Garden

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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Private Tour: London Walking Tour

See London’s most famous landmarks on a private 3-hour walking tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Stop outside top sights including Buckingham Palace, home to the Royal Family, and the government headquarters at 10 Downing St, which is also the Prime Minister’s residence. Enjoy photo ops of Big Ben, Parliament (Palace of Westminster) and Westminster Abbey. Walk through Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho, with the option to purchase drinks at a classic pub. You’ll travel with your own private guide who tailors the commentary to your interests.
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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 tours and a River Thames cruise.
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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

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, single-day pass, pick any date you’d like to hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers three route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include three city walking tours, a River Thames cruise and local discounts.
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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this 3-hour 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho

Experience London’s vibrant nightlife and rich history on a 3-hour pub tour of the West End. With a guide, head to five 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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Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

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 Bike Tour of Central London

Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a 3-hour 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 Day

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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Private Tour of London in a Classic Car

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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Small Group Best London Highlights Tour

Designed to orient first-time visitors, this 4-hour London walking tour allows you to explore England’s capital in a small group limited to ten people. Traveling on public transport and on foot, you’ll tick off top London attractions such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. Plus, you’ll witness a Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace (on days the ceremony is performed). This tour does not offer interior visits of the sights.
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London Landmarks, Historic Ale Pub and British Bicycles Bike Tour with a Local Guide

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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London Old City Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in legend and grandeur on a 2.5-hour walking tour through London! On this fun and informative excursion, you'll 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 tyrants and politicians met their deaths. Explore this cutting-edge metropolis that remains a landmark of tradition.
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Private 90 Minutes London Kickstart Tour

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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London Death and Debauchery Walking Tour

If dark tourism is your bag, then venture into the murky world of London’s historic underworld on a walking tour led by a theatrical guide. Hear grim and gory tales of leper hospitals, plague pits, body-snatchers, ghosts, criminals, and slums. Stumble in the footsteps of 18th-century gentlemen of pleasure and the artist Hogarth’s infamous Gin Lane.
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Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea

See the capital in bloom on a full-day tour of London’s most beautiful and little-visited gardens, followed by a decadent High Tea at the Kensington Palace Orangerie. With a maximum of 4 people and private transport by black cab, you’ll enjoy the personalised attention of your guide, as you stroll around pretty rose gardens, green squares and sunken gardens. Visit the Lincoln's Inn Fields and the John Soane Museum, browse the London Garden Museum and learn about medicinal plants and flowers at Chelsea Physic Garden.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Bike Tour of London Landmarks

Avoid London’s notorious traffic jams and explore the city with ease on a 3-hour bike tour. Ideal for active travelers and first-time visitors, this tour covers iconic London sights such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, St, Paul’s Cathedral, and Covent Garden. Stop regularly for photo opportunities and receive personalized attention in a small group limited to nine. Upgrade to an electric bike for an easier ride.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Night Bike Tour of London

Explore London on two wheels during this nighttime bike tour. When its famous landmarks light up as the sun goes down, London comes to life with locals out for the evening. You’ll pass by attractions like Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, enjoying plenty of photo ops.
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Private Chauffeured Range Rover Tour to Windsor from London

Enjoy a Range Rover at your disposal from your Selected London Hotel to Windsor City. Upon reaching the Historic City of Windsor meet your English Blue Badge Guide who will show you around the Famous Landmarks of the City walking. You will also be given an opportunity to visit Windsor Castle, a residence of the British Royal Family (entrance not included and tickets can be purchased on the spot). Your private Blue Badge guide will then escort you to your Luxurious Range Rover and you will be transferred back to your London Hotel. This is a great chauffeured service perfect for small families that are visiting London and who would like to visit Windsor. Your driver customizes the private full-day service to your needs, whether you want to visit famous sightseeing spots or go shopping at Marks and Spencer, on Oxford Street, Covent Garden, King's Road or at other locations near London.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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