Covent Garden Walking Tour: Discover the Colorful History & Characters of London
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15 Ratings
Greater London
Uncover the vibrant history and intriguing characters of London's Covent Garden. From a vegetable garden to a bustling market, theatre district, and slum, join us on a walking tour to explore this captivating district.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • St Paul’s Church Covent Garden - We’ll visit the “Actor’s Church”, one of the only remaining buildings of the original Covent Garden Piazza.
  • Covent Garden - We’ll take a look inside and around the Covent Garden market building as we learn how the market has changed through the centuries.
  • Jubilee Market - The only market in London run by traders. Learn about Covent Garden’s nightlife and famed live entertainment.
  • Theatre Royal Drury Lane - Outside the longest-running theatre site in London, your guide will tell you about the eccentric characters of the city’s theatre and social scene.
  • Royal Opera House - Once the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, this beautiful building shows opera and ballet all year round.
  • Neal Street - Learn about Covent Garden’s prostitution trade and the famous “Gin Craze” as you enter Seven Dials, once one of London’s great slums.
  • Neal’s Yard - A colourful hidden gem!
  • Seven Dials - Finish your tour at the sundial monument of Seven Dials.
What's Included
  • Local Guide
Additional Information

Covent Garden offers more than just upscale shopping outlets and fine-dining eateries. It’s a melting pot of some of the most eccentric and vibrant personalities in the history of London. Embark on a historical journey with us to learn how this region transformed from a vegetable garden owned by Westminster Abbey into a lively marketplace, theatre district, and a hub of indulgence and depravity, even serving as a slum that captured the imagination of none other than Charles Dickens. Explore with us the most intriguing district in the heart of London!

**CAUTION: While children are permitted on this tour, the subjects discussed include alcohol and the sex industry, so parental prudence is recommended.

Location
Covent Garden
Long Acre
We will meet in front of the Sunglasses Hut, opposite Covent Garden underground station. Your guide will be holding a yellow Rebel Tours umbrella.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Ronald_l
Mar 7, 2024
Fascinating and Highly Recommended - Covent Garden and Seven Dials - two areas in London with fascinating histories and some secrets disclosed by our wonderful guide. Vert interesting stories that you don't want to miss.
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Andr_f
Mar 5, 2024
Perfect tour even when jet lagged! - We had a great time. Our host was knowledgeable, kind, and to the point. The tour is full of information and there’s plenty of opportunity to have a good laugh. I would certainly recommend it fully.
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Lawrenceslondon
Feb 28, 2024
The show went on even for just two - Best was that the tour was only for my wife and myself. Our guide, Cecily, could have canceled, but didn’t. She created and researched the specifics for this tour and was a gracious wealth of information. We take Viator sponsored tours in every city and we will continue to do so.
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Edwin_g
Jan 23, 2024
Great informative tour and excellent value for money - Very enjoyable and informative walking tour of Covent Garden. The tour guide Charlotte was very informative and interesting. Would thoroughly recommend the tour.
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Ivan_p
Jan 15, 2024
Guided Tour of Covent Garden and Seven Dials, London - Good to hear the history of St Pauls 'Actors' Church, the Royal Theatres and much more local history. Our guide, Ellie was knowledgeable, an excellent orator and made it a very interesting tour. I highly recommend her as a tour guide.
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Julie_n
Jan 9, 2024
Engaging, informative and well-researched - Our guide was really engaging and informative and very friendly. The tour was well researched exploring stories of the people typically left out of the history books. It was very interesting, even if you think you know the area well already.
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Wendy_t
Nov 30, 2023
Going back for Charles Dickens! - Well informed and enjoyable experience with a knowledgeable and personable guide. Will return for another trip.
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Jenny
Nov 13, 2023
Interesting and Fun - Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. It was nice to learn more about Covent Garden and the Seven Dials area since they don't normally feature in London tours. Good value for the price!
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Ilsa
Oct 25, 2023
A tour for all - Our Tour Guide was great She was sure that all members of the party kept up as we walked around and could hear her as she spoke. The tour provides ot of I formation about Covent Garden and the surrounding areas as well as Thanx "misfuts" A good tour for those who want all perspectives
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Amanda_f
Jun 12, 2023
Ask for Cecily as your walkng guide! - Cecily was a great guide. She moved us about Covent Gardens to just the right areas to share her info of the Misfits of CG tour. She is a great speaker, very informative and easily understood. Such a delight to see the younger generation so into their local history and eager to share the culture new and old. She is a very good speaker, listener, and I bet an excellent writer! Ask for her on this walking tour!
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