Covent Garden always has something happening, it is known as one of the capital’s liveliest areas as there are many places to eat, drink and get the real feeling of life in London. From many recognised fashion labels to quirky individual quality outlets, Covent Garden certainly has something to offer everyone. With a number of shops in the Piazza you can wander down to the lower level and have a look at the fun wooden gifts at Eric Snook’s shop; and fitting in with the theatrical fell of the area, take time to visit Pollock’s theatrical warehouse.
As Covent Garden is the only area in London that is licensed for street entertainment, it attracts a whole variety of different street performers such as jugglers, magicians and up-and-coming musicians who will perform in the streets around the Piazza. Unique to its covered inner market, only classical musicians can play their works to the public.
Aside from the street entertainment, it can be said that the three markets of Covent Garden, named The Jubilee Hall, East Colonnade and The Apple Market, draws visitors from all over the world. There is a wide variety of stalls in each market and each sell products ranging from beautiful antiques to magnificent artworks and handmade jewellery to individually-made gifts for everyone. For those visitors that are interested in antiques, The Jubilee Market has a strong reputation for hosting one of London’s most recognised independent antique markets.
Magic is certainly a word that can be frequently used in Covent Garden, especially if you decide to venture to Charing Cross underpass shopping arcade and visit Davenports Magic Society. It is frequently patronised be members of the Magic Circle, the official society of magicians. It always has magnificent window displays and the staff will often do demonstrations of their mystical arts.