Getting to Covent Garden
Covent Garden is a vibrant and cosmopolitan area of London, home to the very best in food, drink and entertainment. However, London is a big place, so we thought we would put together a few instructions on how to get there, whether it be by underground, bus, bicycle, taxi or even by boat!
If you are heading there on foot and would like to not only find the area, but also investigate the many interesting side streets and alcoves, then there is a great website www.walkit.com. A downloadable smartphone app is available for ease and it provides directions, themed walks, circular walking routes that take in all the attractions, leaving you back where you started and much more.
Covent Garden can be reached with the minimum of effort via London’s extensive underground rail network. Enter the underground at any given station and head for the piccadilly line (Noted on the underground map by a dark blue line). Covent Garden underground station is located in between Leicester Square and Holborn and once there, you have a very short walk to your destination from the market building on James Street.
If you are using your own cycle or a ‘Boris Bike’ to get there, you can safely and securely stow it in one of three bike racks on Bow Street, Southampton Street and on the corner of Russell Street, all of which are a stone’s throw from Covent Garden.
For more information on using your bicycle in central London, visit the Transport for London website: www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling
There is more than one option to reach your Covent Garden by bus. The RV1 bus services drops you right on the doorstep, but if you’re coming from a different direction, there are several bus routes that will also get you there. The number 9, 13, 15, 23, 139 and 153 all stop at Trafalgar Square and Aldwych, which are both very close to the Market Building. Also, the number 24 stops at Leicester Square, which would leave you with a short signposted walk to Covent Garden.
For information on navigating London by bus visit www.tfl.gov.uk/buses.
You’re never too far away from a London Black Cab when you’re in the centre of the city. It might cost a little more than other travel options, but it is certainly the easiest. Simply hail one and ask the driver to take you Covent Garden Market. For more information on London Black Cabs, how to book them and also for airport transfers, visit http://www.londonblackcabs.co.uk.
Driving in central London is not for the faint hearted and parking is very restricted, especially in the Covent Garden area, so it’s not the best option, but if you are, there is a limited amount of metered on-street parking located in the roads surrounding Covent Garden.
Alternatively, the one of the largest car park providers in London is the NCP. Follow this link https://goo.gl/Tkz2mD to find the nearest to your chosen destination.
Another factor you must consider when arriving by car, is the congestion charge. Failure to do so may land you with an unwelcome penalty fine, but don’t worry, as there are a number of ways to pay it. You can pay the congestion charge at selected retailers and petrol stations, by text, by post or by calling +44 (0)20 7649 9122.
If you are lucky enough to own a boat, the closest jetty to Covent Garden is located at Embankment. For more information on travelling by boat around London, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/river for everything you need to know.
However you get to Covent Garden, be safe and even if you get lost, you can always ask a policeman for directions.