What to do in an afternoon at Covent Garden

Convent Garden Market

Covent Garden is a busy and active part of the bustling city of London, and there’s plenty to see and do here to keep you entertained. But what if you only have an afternoon free? We’ve assembled this quick guide to activities sure to keep you busy…

Visit Covent Garden Market

Selling the best of British-made crafts, jewellery and curiosities, the Covent Garden Market is open every day of the week with lots of unique items which would make great souvenirs of your stay at our Kensington Hotel London. These handmade treats are great for a leisurely browse during an afternoon in the area, and the sheer variety on offer draws in plenty of fellow shoppers year-round.

Head to the theatre

Theatre more your thing? Then theRoyal Opera House is the perfect destination. In addition to the lavish productions you might expect, if you haven’t time for that, you might instead be interested in one of their guided tours to help you get to know the venue a little better during your stay at the Park Grand Paddington. This isn’t the only theatre in the area, however – Covent Garden boasts many! Whether it’s a West End musical you’re seeking or something a little more understated, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for with an afternoon matinee performance.

Browse a famous square

Trafalgar Square with St. Martin

With both Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square right on your doorstep, it’s time to get browsing. In Trafalgar Square you’ll find sights such as Nelson’s column, and the world-famous lion sculptures which appear to guard the area. As you might expect, there’s normally something happening in Trafalgar Square, but Leicester Square is equally as buzzing, with an array of cinemas which routinely host red carpet events throughout the year. Whenever you’re visiting the Park Grand Paddington you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice!

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See some local landmarks


Covent Garden is home to some very interesting buildings, including some of the city’s top attractions. While an afternoon may not give you time to visit all of them, you will certainly be able to take your pick! Interested in art? Then head on over to the National Gallery, situated right on the edge. The gallery is currently hosting lots of exciting exhibitions including celebrations of the Pre-Raphaelite painters and an exploration of monochrome artworks.

Other top destinations for a little Covent Garden exploring include the London Transport Museum, where you can get closer to finding out all about the city’s impressive public transport system. For a more relaxed stroll, why not head to St Martin in the Fields Church, a lavish structure with regular musical performances and sermons perfect for taking a break from the noise of London? There’s even an atmospheric ‘Café in the Crypt’ for grabbing a bite to eat before setting off to see everything else the city has to offer.

There’s plenty of other destinations for getting a great meal, including some of London’s finest restaurants – so if all that exploring is making you peckish, you’ll be able to indulge in style.