Covent Gardens London Reviews
spring in the Gardens Jun 11, 2008
I have been to Covent Gardens, in the centre of London, a couple of times now and ech time my experience has been totally different. The first time I went I had read nothing about it and I had limited time so we just wandered aimlessly until we had to move on. I wish I had stopped for a beer at the Punch and Judy themed bar overlooking the square. I did get to browse in the shops, notably the Tea shop where you can sample hot and cold infusions for free (we tried them all at least twice).
There were also stalls selling everything from art to mirrors to honey to hats and then some. But to be honest they weren't the cheapest, it was very much aimed at moneybag tourists.
My favourite aspect was the buskers! Some were great, others not so much, but they were all definitely performers and it was very entertaining to watch. Also, while I was there in April it was the spring celebration. Two giant peacocks made out of flowers and organic materials had been erected at the entrance. There was also a small vegie patch on the tube station side which had a scarecrow (disappointingly it wasn't a real person). I read later that the patch was designed to teach city dwellers how to grow food in limited space which I thought was a fantastic idea.
Covent Gardens is good for a quick stroll or a whole day, it reminds us why we are so in love with London.
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