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Covent Garden

  • The Piazza, off Wellington St. Map It
  • Covent Garden
  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Covent Garden actually comprises three markets. Forty stalls selling handcrafted jewelry, clothes, ceramics, antiques, curios, and other unique items are in the covered area, which was originally designed by Inigo Jones and is known as the Apple Market. The Jubilee Market, in Jubilee Hall toward Southampton Street, tends toward the more pedestrian (kitschy T-shirts, unremarkable household goods, and the like) Tuesday–Friday, but has vintage collectibles on Monday and worthwhile handmade goods on weekends. A "Real Food" market on Thursday offers artisanal street food, while the East Colonnade market has stalls with specialty items that include handmade soaps and magic tricks, as well as housewares, jewelry, and accessories. Covent Garden is something of a tourist magnet, and the prices can be high, but don't miss the magicians, musicians, and escape artists who perform in the open-air piazza. Covent Garden has started aiming for a more sophisticated image with the opening of upscale restaurants and chains in the surrounding arcades (including the world's largest Apple Store) and boutiques for brands like Chanel beauty, agnès b, Dior beauty, Mulberry, Kate Spade, and Jo Malone. Even noted celebrity haunt The Ivy has a branch there now.

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The Piazza, off Wellington St., London, WC2E, England

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Published 08/30/2016


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