Covent Garden, Heart of Theaters

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Valery Aloyants

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Beware ! Covent Garden is no longer the vegetable market

The imposing glass roof of the Floral Hall houses a lovely jewelery and souvenir market.

Covent Garden is still a much loved place by both tourists and Londoners.

The terraces of the pubs overflow on several levels. The beer is flowing to the roof...

Our suggested activity: Private walking tour of Covent Garden and Soho

At the same time mimes and jugglers occupy the streets all around.

You will find fashionable shops under the colonnades of the square and you can come across tenors, sopranos and dancers coming out of rehearsals at the Royal Opera House.

You are indeed in the West End, the theater district.

The Theater Royal Drury Lane (London's oldest still in operation) is right next door.

But how to delimit the West End?

In reality, it was originally all the neighborhoods of the aristocracy and the wealthy who wanted to settle between the palaces of the sovereigns and the City.

Today, the West End is a multifaceted area. It concentrates shopping and especially the nocturnal attractions of London: restaurants, cinemas theatres...

But the place is above all synonymous with great theatres, ballets and Musicals, so much so that the main theaters in other districts have also taken the West End name.

The West End is a neighborhood in perpetual motion

However, by consulting the programs of the rooms you will see that certain sure values ​​will never change: the shows “Mamma Mia! and “Les Miserables” are still playing.

If you're looking for tickets, ticket booths are ubiquitous. One of the best plans is Tkts, in Leicester Square.

It is the only ticket office authorized to sell half-price tickets for shows on the same day.

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