Sunday, 17, May 2015
5 Things To Do In Covent Garden
1. Apple Market
For quirky gifts, trinkets and craft items, be sure to make your way to Covent Garden’s Apple Market, located in the area’s gorgeous 19th century piazza. It’s open seven days a week and home to stalls selling jewellery, antiques, glasswork and heirlooms.
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2. Punch & Judy’s First Performance
Kids of all ages will be familiar with Punch and Judy; a colourful puppet act often performed outdoors in canvas booths. But did you know that this famous couple actually date back over 350 years? At St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, you’ll find a notice on the wall declaring it the first place that Punch’s Puppet Show was ever performed. The show was witnessed in 1662 by MP Samuel Pepys, who made a note of it in his now-famous diary.
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3. Royal Opera House
Speaking of theatrics, the West End is famous for its many theatres; with lots of them absolutely steeped in history. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shows, but if you can, we recommend you check out the region’s famous Royal Opera House. Originally known as the Theatre Royal, it dates back to 1732 and today hosts world-class opera, ballet and plays.
4. London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum will take you on an exciting exploration of London’s transport system. Documenting over 200 years of transport in London, the Museum looks at the links between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society. Set in the scenic Flower Market building in Convent Garden Piazza, the museum is home to over 450,000 artefacts catering to those of all ages - making it must see for families visiting London.
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5. Vertical Chill
Fancy something a little more daring? Vertical Chill is an indoor ice climbing wall with sessions suited to adventure-seekers of all levels. The wall at Covent Garden is 8 metres in height and ranges in steepness; so be prepared for a full-body workout!