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Discover London’s Eastern Theatre District - from Covent Garden to the Strand (1.8 Km)

Updated: Jun 7

Start at Covent Garden Station

Finish at Trafalgar Square (near Charing Cross Station)



THE EXPERIENCE


Just as theatre is the ‘art of looking at ourselves', this route through Covent Garden and the Strand will help you with the art of looking at London and understanding how the area evolved to become one of the most important entertainment regions in London from the 1660s onwards.

It is great for its atmosphere, history, iconic sights, entertainment venues, crowds, transport links, shops, theatres, museums, art galleries, and lots of places to eat, drink, and be merry.


 

MUST SEE PLACES



What to See List


PLACES TO EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY



Areas to Eat, Drink and Be Merry List

Links to nearby Eat, Drink and Be Merry Routes.



BEST TIME

Morning - The best time to do this route is on weekends in the early morning when it is quiet and free from crowds and heavy traffic.

Day - Most of the route will be busy during the day.

Evenings - Covent Garden and the Strand will be busy during the evening.


ROUTE OVERVIEW

This 1.8 Km route begins at Covent Garden, where the west end entertainment zone was born. It traces the path down past historic theatres and great places to eat and drink before emerging at the Aldwych and then the Strand by Somerset House. The route travels the length of the Strand past the Savoy and Charing Cross before ending up on the south side of Trafalgar Square.


Route at a Glance Video..



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DESCRIPTIVE PHOTO GALLERY


This gallery provides a descriptive and visual reference to many sights along this route. Use the Google Map above to find their location. Double-click to see its full size.



 

INTERESTING FACTS

Covent Garden Market

 Royal Opera House - Bow Street

Theatre Royal Drury Lane - Catherine Street

Strand Facts

Trafalgar Square


 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE AREA


Click on the picture below to take a 360-degree virtual tour of the area.



Use the red route to explore this location by looking around in 360, taking in the sights and sounds, listening to an audio recording about the area and going on a virtual tour.


 

HISTORY & GUIDES VIDEO LIBRARY


SIGHT GUIDES


These short videos give you a quick guided tour of some sights on this route.

Part 1 - Around Covent Garden (4:42)

Part 2 - Around the Aldwych (6:54)

Part 3 - Along the Strand (5:53)

HISTORY GUIDES


These history videos provide you with a history of the area and a history of entertainment in the west end of London.


This video gives you an overview of the history of London's Entertainment District.



 

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