A visit to Covent Garden is a must, whether you intend to shop, sightsee or soak in the carnival atmosphere. Covent Garden is a brilliant area for boutique shopping and is renowned for its famous covered piazza, which contains a mix of high street shops but also an array of unusual stores not found elsewhere. The focal point of Covent Garden, the market, has dominated the area ever since the Middle Ages when monks tended their market garden here. Since the 19th century the market has expanded. Watch out for mime artists – harmless but irritating.
On my second day in London we had planned on going to Ladurée famous Parisian tea salon in Covent Garden, so we woke up early in the morning and we enjoyed the empty streets so unusual for this city. After we ate the best macaroons in London we ended up taking some photos in front of the Apple Market. The weather was so nice and often there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. That day I styled my white trendy Stan Smith by Adidas with the printed leggings from Top Shop, a long black boyish dress from H&M and my cool hat, while holding my classic beige bag. Something about hats just makes everything cooler. Just a super simple look and sneakers while I still can, but this hat is everything… Hats always rock!
One of the highlights of visiting Covent Garden is this famous Parisian pâtisserie and tea salon Laduree, opened in the heart of The Piazza with a balcony overlooking the buskers. It joins the newly opened Burberry Brit store (a minute away in King Street) and the soon-to-come Balthazar in the ‘Opera Quarter’. The boutique is pure Ladurée style, pastel hues, wooden arabesques, very 18th century. The idea of course, is that no matter to which address you stop by for a treat in the world, you will find the same atmosphere. Well this officially makes Covent Garden a minefield, now doesn’t it. The best jacket potato in London happens to be just around the corner, as well as a SNOG and the Icecreamists… and you know what they say: you set off one mine, the rest go off. I think it’s high time I freeze my card in an ice block or leave the sweet tooth on the bedside table when coming out to this area.
Ladurée may not have the exquisite, palatial interiors of the Champs-Elysées salon or the gloss of the Harrods store, but it’s perfect for a relaxing break in Covent Garden, or a hard-to-resist macaron-fix.
Whether you want hip fashion, unique gifts, rare sweets or one-off handmade jewellery, Covent Garden is a great place to explore. Geographically, Covent Garden it’s located in Central London, bordered by the City of London and Leicester Square. It is within walking distance of Soho, the river Thames and Trafalgar Square.
At the heart of Covent Garden is the market with its quirky craft stalls and emerging designer boutiques. The central piazza is constantly buzzing with street performers and musicians, creating the perfect inner city atmosphere. There are three markets located in Covent Garden’s 19th century Piazza, each offering a wide range of craft, gifts and more. The Apple Market is found in the South Row of the Marketing Building and sells British made crafts, jewellery, leather goods and more. Open every day of the week, the East Colonnade Market has a variety of stalls selling products such as handmade soap, jewellery, handbags, hand-knitted children’s clothing, a magician’s stall, sweets, artwork and homeware. In the South Piazza, the Jubilee Market changes its wares daily. On Mondays, the market is dedicated to antiques. From Tuesday to Friday, a general market operates with traders selling clothes and household goods. At weekends, the market offers arts and crafts.
Covent Garden’s side streets are a mecca for shop-hoppers because of the variety on offer. High Street outlets include Oasis, French Connection, Next, Hobbs, Marks & Spencer, Zara, All Saints and Mango. Menswear is available at Diesel, Replay, Firetrap and, for the smarter guy, Paul Smith. There are a huge number of women’s fashion stores, while Neal Street is probably the best shoe shopping street in the capital, with numerous trendy outlets including Office and Size. If you tire of clothes shopping there are scores of excellent spots for a coffee. If you’re still keen to shop remember to pay a visit to some of the excellent specialists shops in the area, selling anything from sweets to maps, cigars and cheese.
This was a little snapshot of what I wore on the second day of my stay in London last week. All black and with a little bit of color coming from my chic leggings from Top Shop.
I would love to live in, it’s a beautiful city with cool people and great shops
What else do a Shopaholica need?