A guide to visiting Covent Garden

Whether you're a first time visitor to London or have seen the city many times before, there are a few places and landmarks that are always worth checking out when you're in town, and Covent Garden certainly ranks among the best.

Located in the heart of the West End, surrounded by some of London's top luxury hotels, this famous landmark is always heaving with people, which can put some visitors off going there, although the truth is that it's popular for a reason, so the fact that it's so crowded should tell you that it's not something to be missed.

Indeed, Covent Garden has a reputation for hosting the very best street performers that London has to offer. From musicians to acrobats – not to mention a few musicians, dancers and beatboxers thrown in as well – you'll find loads of impressive artists on the street here, which is great news if you want to be entertained without having to go to a West End theatre.

Of course, that's not to say you can't also see a musical or a play while you're in London, and Covent Garden is within walking distance of some of the top theatres in town, such as the Cambridge Theatre, the Royal Opera House and several others.

On top of all this, the Apple Market – which is housed inside Covent Garden itself – is a fantastic place to pick up handicrafts and souvenirs, and is surrounded by some wonderful boutique clothes shops and cafes.

Those with a sweet tooth will be particularly charmed by what's on offer here, with shops like the Cupcake Bakehouse and the Primrose Bakery offering some of the best confectionery in London.

Outside the market, you'll find the London Transport Museum – one of the city's most intriguing exhibition centres – as well as the Apple Store, where you'll be able to browse through the latest products from the iconic technology firm.

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