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Covent Garden Market

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

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

This popular destination includes three separate market areas: the Apple Market, the East Colonnade Market, and the Jubilee Market. In the covered area originally designed by Inigo Jones and known as the Apple Market, 40 stalls sell handcrafted jewelry, prints, clothes (such as hand-painted dancewear), ceramics, and crafts Tuesday through Sunday, while Monday is given over to antiques, curios, and collectables. The East Colonnade Market has stalls with mostly handmade specialty items that include handmade soaps and jewelry, as well as housewares, accessories, and magic tricks. The Jubilee Market, in Jubilee Hall toward Southampton Street, tends toward the more pedestrian (kitschy T-shirts, unremarkable household goods, and the like) Tuesday through Friday, but has vintage collectibles and antiques on Monday and worthwhile handmade goods on weekends. Largely aimed at the tourist trade in the past, Covent Garden Market continues its ascent, introducing a more sophisticated image (and correspondingly

high prices) with the opening of upscale restaurants and chains in the surrounding arcades, including the world's second largest Apple Store ; beauty outlets for Chanel, M.A.C., and Dior; and boutiques for brands like Tumi, Mulberry and N. Peal. Don't miss the magicians, musicians, jugglers, and escape artists who perform in the open-air piazza; the performances are free (though contributions are welcome).

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

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Published 08/20/2030

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