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    Festivities At Covent Garden Market

    by Chuckaziz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My latest visit to this place is in late November 2009, and about 4 weeks before Christmas. Covent Garden is experiencing a festive mood. Crowds too seem to be getting into the same mood. Not that this place isn't merry on other weekends of the year but it is even more merrier when the year is ending and the holiday mood is setting in. If you are in London at year end please dont miss the opportunity to visit Covent Garden Market, especially on the weekends.

    Covent Garden Market is at the West End. This is the most famous market in the whole of England and offers several markets such as Apple Market (where traders sell many collectible items), Jubilee Market (selling antiques) and Covent Garden Market, selling fashions, gifts, toys, cigar and much more.

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    Covent Garden, Leceister Square, and Hyde Park

    by thenugget31 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    To get a taste of London go to: Covent Garden, Leceister Square, take a walk near the Thames, Natural History museum, Madame Tussauds, Science museum, Tate Modern Art Gallery, Hyde Park, Regent Street, Oxford Circus

    Outside of central London try Richmond and Kew Gardens

    Interesting towns nearby - Guildford

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    by joanj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This picture shows the Apple Market housed within Covent Garden. It has many colourful stalls, selling handicrafts, specialised gifts, too many here to mention. There are small shops around the outside area of the stalls, but under the roof.

    Have a look at the Covent Garden Website for more information.and click onto the visual tour

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    London's favourite place to visit - Covert Garden

    by MISSQT Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "Covent Garden is the Capital’s capital when it comes to culture, cuisine and commerce. With a globally renowned arts scene, fabulous dining experience and terrific shopping the whole world comes to Covent Garden."

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    Covent Garden/Seven Dials

    by leeludalas Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Covent Garden is a great place to while away an afternoon! It has a large market offering everything from antiques and crafts to beauty products. . The street performers in the area are some of the best I've seen. Located adjacent is the Seven Dials/Neal Street area which offers such popular shops as Diesel and a very interesting Astrology Shop.

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    Covent Gardens

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 7, 2011

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    Covent Garden is situated in the West End of London. This is connected with where the former fruit and vegetable market was held (which was a short distance away) but now it attracts high street and independent retailers, restaurants, cafes and also an established tourist attraction. There are two markets: Apple Market, an arts & craft market, and another market is held in Jubilee Hall. The central square is lively with its street performers.

    There is also The Royal Opera House, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London Transport Museum that are situated nearby. There are some historic buildings worth noting such as the St Paul's Church and Inigo Jone's Italianate arcaded square.

    The name 'Covent Garden' came from the 16th Century when Henry VII acquire the Abbey land in that name and the area became popular since then and over the centuries.

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    Are you on the square?

    by planxty Updated Jan 28, 2011

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    I must start by stating that I am not a Freemason myself, although I have friends and family who are. I have long been fascinated by the organisation and it's role in history.

    For example, nine of the men who signed the US Declaration of Independence and thirteen signers of the US Constitution were Freemasons. I have also heard it claimed that the pyramid and "all-seeing eye" on the US dollar bill are Masonic symbols. George Washington was a Freemason. Closer to home, Prince Michael of Kent and Prince Edward are members, as are Phil Collins and footballers Fabien Barthez and Laurent Blanc.

    UK headquarters for "the Lodge" is the impressive art Deco Freemasons Hall, completed in 1933. Despite the perceived secrecy of the organisation, I was surprised to find that free guided tours are available and duly went on one. It was absolutely fascinating. The architecture alone is worth the visit, as is the one and a quarter ton bronze door that is so perfectly balanced it can be opened with one finger!

    The tour is given by one of the Masonic staff and is very well presented. The Library where you wait for the tour to begin is also interesting.

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    Covent garden

    by mirchica Updated Jan 4, 2011

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    I liked that place a lot. You can spend whole day there. Outside there are artists who make some show. We were laughing like crazy for 20 min. Who said that British humor is not good?
    Also you can visit the market. It’s pretty big and you can find old stuff sold there, different collections too. The transport museum is at the same square so it would be a good end of the day. Don’t miss to have a coffee there 

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    by JulesH Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    This is a mecca for street performers and has a cool flea market at the weekend. A great place to just hang out on a suny day but there's also plenty of shelter if it's raining. The London Transport Museum is here, good shopping along Longacre and Neal Street. The area is part of "Theatreland" and many restaurants in this area have a "pre-theatre" menu at a very reasonable cost in the early evening. Not only is this a cheap way to eat, you often get much faster service if you mention you have theatre seats at a certain time (no need to prove this).

    Neal Street, to the West of the tube station is a particularly cool area with a surfer/hippy feel to it. To the south of the tube station, towards the piazza and market square is a bit more quirky. At Christmas there is a huge Christmas tree erected in the piazza and usually a Santa's Grotto and mulled wine stall too! Obviously this isn't a cheap experience, but it's lovely to soak up the atmosphere even if you choose not to take out a small mortgage for the traditional beverage!

    Covent Garden is a huge meeting place and lots of people tend to hang around outside the station, so it's always busy. A good place to star spot too. It's a vibrant, arty and very trendy place to just wander round and explore.

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    Covent Garden

    by Britannia2 Written Sep 20, 2010

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    Inigo Jones designed the Italianate arcaded square along with the church of St Paul's (not the St Pauls) opposite the square in the 1500s and around 1654 a fruit and vegetable market opened in a corner of the square but in the main the square became an area of taverns and coffee houses and it was in 1830 the area became London's principal fruit and vegetable market. It stayed like this until 1974 when traffic congestion caused it to be no longer suitable as a traders market. In 1980 it opened as we see it today - an area of shops, cafes, bars - an area with something for everyone.
    There are street entertainers, changing displays of for example new cars or fashion displays and it is never boring here.
    The tube station can be very busy and Leicester Square is a good alternative. The public toilets in the square are not Londons best. However a good central attraction in the heart of the west end.

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    time for a coffee break!

    by mindcrime Updated Mar 21, 2010

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    Ok, the area is touristic too but I like to come here when I want to meet a friend and have a coffee or tea.
    There are some nice colorful cafes and dozens of street artists etc.

    Walk along Neal Street and buy superb tea flavors at TEAHOUSE(at number15A, pic2), the weird ASTROLOGY SHOP at number 78 and many other nice little stores for small gifts. At the intersection with Earlham Street is the THOMAS NEAL mall, full of modern clothes etc At Neil’s Yard you can find several food stores with great cheese, yogurt and other healthy things but kind of expensive. I liked the free samples outside though :)

    At SEVEN DIALS square where 7 roads meet you can see a column that has 7 sun clocks on it(pic3). You can drink a coffee at NERO café at the corner (cappuccino 2.10pounds, tea 1.55, chocolate 2.15) and go back towards the central market for more. My favorite street artist is usually in front of St Paul (pic4) opposite the Covent Market. A juggler standing on a stair(pic5) and doing his things with knifes!! If you want to visit St.Paul have in mind that the entrance is from the other side where the garden of the church is.

    Try not to miss the STANFORDS bookstore along the way or some small art galleries on New Row Street.

    What's more, on saturdays there is a market on Covent Garden.

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    Freemasons Hall

    by Britannia2 Updated Jan 6, 2010

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    I have no links with the Freemasons organisation but I include this tip because presumably there will be VT members (or people reading these pages ) who will be members - the building in the West End is also a very classical building and worth seeing.
    Freemasons’ Hall is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the principal meeting place for Masonic Lodges in London. Grand Lodge has been in Great Queen Street since 1775, the present Hall being the third building on the site.
    Built between 1927–1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War, it is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England, and is now Grade II* listed internally and externally. In addition to the Grand Temple (seating 1700) there are 21 Lodge Rooms, a Library and Museum, Board and Committee Rooms and administrative offices. The building is fully open to the public.

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    So much more than a market

    by jorgec25 Written Sep 15, 2009

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    Covent Garden is throbbing with life at all times. Don't think it just a market, because it's so much more: the street artists around the market building, the singers and musicians inside the building. The incredible amount of colours, smells and flavours. All this make spending some time at Covent Garden a true must. Be sure to visit all the shops and speak with the owners. It's a great experience.

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    Free entertainment at Covent Garden

    by imeley Written Jun 23, 2009

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    This place is always busy may it be shopping, free entertainment at the Covent Garden ground. There is always a street performers entertaining the audience which composes of tourists coming to London. The feeling is that you're in an old market sorrounded by restaurant, pubs, shops, opera theatre.

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    Covent Garden

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 20, 2009

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    The history of Covent Garden (or better Convent Garden) goes back to the 12th Century.

    Nowadays Covent Garden offers you a variety of things like the Market building itself with it's internal stalls with art sellers, the specialties shop. the fruit stand, the Punch and Judy Pub and more.

    Around you'll find the London Transport Museum, The Royal Opera House, St. Paul's Church, the Jubilee Market, terraces, street performers and restaurants.

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