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Covent Garden Market London Shopping Pubs Street Performers Guide Tour

September 3, 2019

LOCATION: LONDON – PRESENT DAY – ROBERTS LONDON PRESENTS COVENT GARDEN HI guys welcome back to London today I’am on the bank of the river
Thames I’am starting on the bank of the river Thames I’am just opposite the London Eye on
the North bank I’am headed to an area of London known as called Covent Garden well first of
all I’am going to head to an area called seven dials but if you read guide books and look
on maps it is often described as part of Covent Garden I think for most Londoners the when
they think of Covent Garden they think of the main square just down the road from Covent
Garden tube station and we will head there first of all I’am going to head to seven dials
as I said I’am going to get some coffee there is a good coffee shop there and they sell
coffee beans and I’ve run out so yeah first of all I’ll head up to seven dials which is
the neighbouring neighbourhood I guess of Covent Garden itself then we will head down
through Neil’s Yard into towards the main piazza area the main square of Covent Garden
and I guess Covent garden is renowned for shopping primarily so I will share with you
the main shopping streets of Covent Garden what else is it renowned for food and drink
and restaurants I’am sure we can go somewhere to get something to eat or something to drink
it is also renowned for street performance now today it is not the best day to do this
it has been snowing intermittently I’am sure the street performers would perform in any
weather however they are not going to perform unless the weather is good enough for people
to stop and watch so yeah hopefully we can check out some street performers the reason
Covent Garden is renowned for street performers is they they audition the performers there
are street performers and buskers all over town but yeah in Covent Garden to perform
there you have to audition if they haven’t turned that into a TV show yet they have missed
an opportunity the popularity of reality TV and TV talent shows they have missed a trick
there maybe they have already but I haven’t seen it if they have but yeah so we will see
if we can check out some street performers it is also home to it is probably the heart
of London’s theatre district there is a couple of very large a historic theatres there The
Royal Opera House and The Theatre Royal so we can go and check that out and yeah a number
of other landmark buildings the old Bow Street is it Bow Street The Old court house and the
old court house and police station so we can go and check that out other landmarks would
include there are a couple of museums there is Freemasons hall so yeah we will go and
check out some of the landmark buildings of Covent Garden but first up I’am going to head
to seven dials which is just next door as I said most guide books consider it part of
Covent Garden itself but I will talk a little bit more about that on the way there and it
will make more sense when we get there if there is some problems with focus today you
will just have to deal with it like I was saying I don’t know if you can see it but
there is snow in the air and there is undoubtedly by the end of this there is going to be some
snow on the screen but roll with it OK that is Covent Garden down there if you head down
that street turn left you will end up in the main piazza the main square however as I was
saying I want to head up to seven dials and I also want to do it by avoiding the crowds
Covent Garden is a very nice area to visit and obviously hugely popular so yeah I’am
going to head up this way it will just be quicker and avoid the crowds but the shortest
way is that way if your heading straight into Covent Garden OK again if your coming from
Leicester Square Leicester Square is just there Covent Garden that is one of the main
that is the main shopping street of Covent Garden there Long Acre so yeah I’am going
to head to seven dials and then come back around the area we are going to is actually
North of from the river North of Covent Garden but yeah there were quicker ways there but
we need coffee OK this is seven dials or this is one of the streets of seven dials now you
haven’t seen how busy the main part of Covent Garden will be yet but the reason I came around
this way was because in short it will be filled with people so this area is a lot more relaxed
and smaller businesses smaller more independent stores that will probably change yeah I guess
as the rents change it is definitely an area on the up but yeah bigger brands bigger rents
in the main piazza area where as here more smaller and independent businesses but the
reason it is called seven dials is the sun dials there are actually only six they say
the seventh is the actually column itself the reality is when they designed the street
and built the column there was to be six streets but ultimately they got seven there is a reason
for that but if you want to know how to use the sun dials the instructions are on the
side of the pub I would imagine a prerequisite of using it though is sun which is in short
supply OK right originally every apex of this street had a pub there is only one left The
Crown right lets head up Monmouth Street and get some coffee beans I’am going to get a
cup of coffee and head back down into the main piazza of Covent Garden Seven dials the
seven streets of seven dials were first laid out in the sixteen ninety’s as I was saying
originally the plans were for six streets converging at the central sun dials however
they managed to squeeze in seven seven dials was intended to be a luxury development when
it was built but soon descended into one of London’s worst and most notorious slums it
wasn’t just seven dials this whole part of London was a slum seven dials was just a small
part of it it was the iconic Dickensian slum Dickens visited himself and referenced the
areas poverty in his writings often OK here we go Monmouth Coffee queue out the door lets
get the queue and get coffee beans and a cup of coffee OK success on the coffee bean front
I’ve got half a kilo of Kenya’s finest I didn’t get in the queue for coffee I’ve got things
to do other than spend my Saturday queuing up for coffee it is good though it is worth
the queue but I’am going to pop into Neil’s yard here again this is probably one of London’s
hidden gems you’ve got the big sign there you can’t miss the sign but you can miss the
entrance Neil’s yard is named after Thomas Neil who was the original designer and developer
of seven dials as I was saying he had hoped for it to be a luxury development and attract
wealthy residents however the surrounding areas descended into one of London’s worst
ever slums and no one wanted to live here people had to live here first of Huguenots
came in the seventeen hundreds French Protestants fleeing persecution in France and they settled
here in large numbers and in the eighteen hundreds they were replaced by large numbers
of Irish immigrants and that increased dramatically in the eighteen forties during the potato
famine simultaneously in the eighteen forties the authorities were trying to clear the slums
and they built New Oxford Street through its centre which only intensified over crowding
here in seven dials OK welcome to Neil’s yard some very colourful building here popular
on Instagram plenty of places to eat and drink in here and Neil’s Yard remedies right lets
head down from here to the main part of Covent Garden and go and check out the main shopping
streets OK this is definitely one the more popular shopping streets Neil Street itself
lots of popular brands boutique size shops and as you can see this street runs up pretty
much to Covent Garden tube station and then from there you can head down into the main
square but yeah picking the main streets here there are I guess three main streets I guess
Neil Street Long Acre and Floral Street but all of these all of these streets shooting
off the main streets again filled with boutique shops a lot of fashion stores bars and restaurants
although today the streets of Covent Garden are lined with some amazing shops stores and
boutiques that wasn’t always the case a lot of the buildings here were once small workshops
or warehouses once the clearance of the slums here began in the eighteen forties either
by development by the authorities or by deadly contagious diseases caused by the over crowding
such as cholera once the slums began to be cleared businesses began to develop and by
the eighteen seventies the whole area was dominated by breweries small workshops and
of coarse the ever developing wholesale flower market in the main square and that was a trend
that continued for the best part of a century until the nineteen seventies when the wholesale
flower market was moved and then the retail shopping destination that we know today began
to develop OK if you come to Covent Garden by tube here is Covent Garden tube and down
there a very short walk you can see them there are the main the former flower market buildings
so the main the main square the main piazza where you will see the street performers this
I’am on what I’am on here is another one of the major shopping streets I’ll head down
here to give you an idea of whats here we will head to one of the oldest shops I’ll
show you that and cut down the street that runs parallel with this there are little cut
through s to Floral street we will cut back down Floral street and head down into the
main piazza lets go as you can see although seven dials is considered by many part of
Covent Garden a very different feel much more relaxed up there apart from the coffee shop
which was filled with people but yeah much more relaxed vibe up there very busy down
here filled with visitors shoppers and tourists OK if you keep heading down there you will
end up in Chinatown then Leicester Square I thought I would come down this far to show
you Stanford’s today Stanford’s is the worlds largest and one of its oldest map and travel
book stores Edward Stanford established Stanford’s in eighteen fifty three just down the road
on Charing Cross from eighteen seventy three this was the print works the retail store
and the print works were combined under one roof here in nineteen hundred and one OK heading
to Floral street I hope I can head into Floral street down one of these little courts or
alleyways and then yes I can yeah so cut down here into Floral Street which
runs parallel with Long Acre it is one of the other major shopping streets and then
head into the main piazza if your planning on going travelling Stanford’s is definitely
the place to get your maps and travel guides previous customers have included David Livingston
Captain Scott Florence nightingale Sir Ranulph Fiennes Michael Palin even Sherlock Holmes
sent Dr Watson here actually I think what I’am going to do this is the back of Stanford’s
I’am going to get a coffee while I’am here and then we will head to the main piazza so
yeah you can obviously enjoy a coffee while reading a book I didn’t know this was here
and the queue is shorter than Monmouth although don’t tell them I better hide that its probably
not as good I’am not expecting it to be anywhere as good as Monmouth Coffee OK takeaway coffee
from Stanford’s book shop it is as good as I expected it will do I would definitely recommend
Monmouth coffee on Monmouth street Stanford’s a great place to get books and maps right
lets head along Floral street here and into the main part of Covent Garden to be fair
to Stanford’s the service was very good and it was actually great value for money for
this part of town if they walked up the road and got some decent beans they could make
a better cup of coffee but that would cost more however there is a queue out the door
for coffee at Monmouth and not at Stanford’s so maybe that doesn’t matter in this part
of town OK before we head into the super crows of the main piazza and Covent garden itself
in front of me is actually we are going to go in a big circle yeah in front of me I’am
not sure if you can make this out but the building on the corner there is the Royal
opera house I’ll show you that one of the major landmarks here and at the end of the
street that building there right at the end of the street is the the former Bow Street
magistrates court and police station and we will be heading there but rather than heading
straight there we are going to head down here to the main bit OK at one end of this street
behind us is Covent Garden tube station and in front of us are the former market buildings
which are arguably the very heart of Covent Garden today Covent Garden has a long history
it is documented in the twelve hundreds to be the walled garden of the Abbott of the
Convent of Westminster this land would have been used by a Convent of priests monks and
nuns as farm land fruit orchards were here arable land to grow crops and pasture to graze
livestock the name changed from convent garden to Covent garden by at least the fifteen hundreds
there is a lease from fifteen fifteen from Westminster Abbey which details the area as
a garden called convent garden Covent convent they have the same meaning so from fifteen
fifteen and still today the area is known as Covent garden OK this is front of me that
is the main square the main piazza of Covent garden the former flower market buildings
and now boutique shops as you can see you’ve got street performers already a magician there
a human statue there levitating the main performances are in front of the church in front of the
main square they are more like circus acts whether they will be performing today though
as I said earlier the weather is terrible King Henry VIII between fifteen thirty six
and fifteen forty one in an act called the dissolution of monasteries disbanded catholic
monasteries priors convents and friary’s and seized all their assets he tool all the land
belonging to Westminster Abbey including Covent garden his son Edward VI then granted Covent
Garden to John Russell the first Earl of Bedford in fifteen fifty two and it remained in the
Russell family until nineteen eighteen OK let me give you a quick lap of the market
buildings and then we will pop in and see whats happening in sixteen thirty the fourth
earl of Bedford commissioned renowned English architect Inigo Jones to build the Covent
Garden Square we are in today the buildings in front of us are former market buildings
and wen’t constructed for a further two hundred years in the eighteen thirties originally
the square was open Inigo Jones was commissioned to build the church which I’ll show you in
a moment and three rows of fine town houses around this square or piazza although the
layout and church remain the original houses have been replaced Inigo Jones introduced
the classical architecture of Rome and the Italian Renaissance here to London Covent
Garden design was based on the Grand piazza of Livorno on the west coast of Italy although
not a faithful reproduction you can see the resemblance OK a quick lap lets head in it
is a strange mix of street performance and very luxurious boutique stores I can see here
Dior Burberry Channel plenty of jewellery stores and inside restaurants and a street
market effectively a covered street market once the aristocracy left Covent Garden for
Mayfair and more fashionable neighbourhoods during the seventeen hundreds the square here
became home to coffee shops gambling dens and brothels and the market in the square
which was originally primarily fruit and veg by the eighteen hundreds it had become chaotic
and a wide range of goods were being sold here so in eighteen thirteen the then owner
the sixth Duke of Bedford secured an act of parliament to regulate trade here which worked
and to make things even more orderly he built these market halls in the centre of the square
in eighteen flirty they have been reconstructed and annexed over the years and were very nearly
demolished completely when the flower market moved in the nineteen seventies but here they
remain and today the shops and stores that were once used to sell flowers and plants
are today boutique shops bars and restaurants the market here really flourished during the
Victorian era and developed from fruit veg and knickknacks it grew into London’s primary
wholesale flower and plant market so successful was the market the space had become inadequate
really by the end of eighteen hundreds OK in this part the smell of food is incredible
I can hear performers singing but yeah the lower ground there there is seating and plenty
of restaurants check it out OK there is another lower ground on the other side the same set
up there is a toy and theatre shop here a puppet store the first showing of Punch and
Judy in London was here hence the name of the pub Punch and Judy’s and the theatre toy
store I guess you can get Punch and Judy’s here There is a long history her in Covent
Garden of theatre Opera and market and historically that brought with it the strange mix of riches
and poverty you have the wealthy visiting the theatre Royal and Royal Opera house which
I will show you in a while the rich mingling with the market traders a children dressed
in rags Charles Dickens described the mix of rich and poor at length in Little Dorrit
describing Covent Garden as a place of past and present mystery romance abundance want
beauty ugliness fair country gardens and foul street gutters all confused together a spot
of Opera while you enjoy your Shake Shack burgers OK lets head to one of the pubs with
a balcony overlooking the street performers as they are performing Punch and Judy’s pub
the entrance is just here lets head upstairs to the balcony OK yeah check it out entrance
on the side of the market all that is behind the door is a set of stairs there is a bar
downstairs as well balcony bar where we can check out some street performers OK this is
the spot to enjoy a drink and to check out the performances The Punch and Judy pub balcony
has fantastic views not only of Covent Gardens amazing Street performers but also St Paul’s
church which was originally built between sixteen thirty one and sixteen thirty eight
designed by Inigo Jones the land owner wanted a modest building he asked for a barn of church
Inigo Jones called it the handsomest barn in England and we will go and take a closer
look at that later It is better on a sunny day pub histories are always long stories
in London and they love nothing more than to tell tales about how old they are according
to the pub this was built in seventeen eighty seven and it is a listed building maybe the
underground cellar bar was paintings from the period just show wooden huts and the rules
of the market at the time were flowers and vegetables only but the unauthorised sale
of booze is well documented so maybe there were cellars here in short I don’t know which
part of the building dates back to seventeen eighty seven English heritage do have a listing
for the market buildings we are in being built between eighteen twenty eight and eighteen
thirty I don’t know what existed before that besides wooden huts and market stalls or what
remains of it Covent Garden market was a flower market and did’t open as retail shops until
nineteen eighty and than is when the pub opened in its current incarnation nineteen eighty
and it is called Punch and Judy’s because the first record of Punch and Judy’s puppet
show being shown or performed in England was here in Covent Garden in sixteen sixty two
and watched by Samuel Pepys one thing for sure is we are in a very old historic building
nearly two hundred years old surrounded by buildings and a development nearly four hundred
year old OK that was Punch and Judy’s it is easy to miss the entrance to that I definitely
recommend that its a great spot to check out the street performance here in the main the
main square in front of the church There heckling the performers I guess up there they can’t
get roped in to the show so they feel safer up there yeah they are good shows right I’am
going to show you some of Covent Gardens landmarks if we head just down here and around the corner
to Bow Street yeah Bow Street I’ll show you a couple of the theatres and the old police
station and court house famous well it is the precursor to the Metropolitan police the
police station was the court house is famous because of the famous people that were defendants
there as you can see today the main square the main piazza of Covent Garden is pedestrianised
however during its era as a flower market you could drive up to and around the square
and huge lorries from farms were delivering plants here it was ridiculously congested
the family that owned the markets sold it in nineteen eighteen and back then they even
tried to see it to the London county council but they didn’t want to know they described
it as inadequate the situation just worsened until the council did finally buy it and moved
the market in the nineteen seventies but it was a disaster the reason for doing it had
reversed from primarily benefiting the market to primarily developing the area they planned
to flatten the whole place there were petitions counsellors resigning it was messy luckily
the locals won and many of the building were preserved the area was pedestrianised once
again and today it has taken many years to develop but Covent Garden is once again what
it was intended to be a picturesque playground for the well healed that tourists and visitors
love spending time strolling around shopping eating and drinking and visiting the theatre
OK before we head to Bow Street that corner there is the London Transport museum sadly
it is not one of London’s best museums because London’s best museums are free so yeah a popular
museum The London Transport Museum it is one of the things I have no issue with my taxes
funding my fares funding museums its not the case for everyone but yeah a lot of London’s
best museums well London’s best museums are free they just ask for donations well when
I say they are free they are funded by the tax payer right lets head on at this end of
Covent Garden we are heading into the very heart of London’s West End theatre district
the one thing people like to do both before and after the theatre is dinner and drinks
and there are plenty of restaurants and bars in this part of town to choose from including
London’s oldest restaurant Rule’s which was founded in seventeen ninety eight OK this
is Bow Street the street that runs parallel with it actually lets pop down there the street
that runs parallel with it is Drury Lane which was much of London has had changing fortunes
over the decades and centuries and apparently Drury Lane down here was one of London’s most
fashionable streets but yeah this is another one of London’s famous theatres The Theatre
Royal the entrance is actually now here on Catherine street but there has been a number
of Theatre Royals on this site and some of them have had entrances on Drury Lane we are
in the very heart of London’s theatre district here London has a very long history of theatre
but all theatres were closed in the sixteen forties there was a civil war and they banned
all past times considered frivolous until sixteen sixty and the restoration of the monarchy
in sixteen sixty King Charles II granted two chaps permission to form new theatre companies
they started out in converted buildings one was called the Kings Company and the other
the Dukes company and they had a monopoly on shows considered serious drama all other
theatres could show at the time was comedy pantomime and singing and dancing by law ultimately
in sixteen eighty two the two companies merged the Kings company was in the Theatre Royal
here beside us and after a number of years and a number of moves the Dukes company was
in what we know today just up the road in what we know today as The Royal Opera house
and they were competing with one another just down the road from one another in sixteen
sixty three the Kings company opened the first west end theatre here beside us the theatre
Royal and there has been a theatre here ever since and it has been visited by every monarch
to reign ever since it has been demolished and rebuilt and this is the fourth theatre
built here which opened in eighteen twelve OK this is Drury Lane it is mainly residential
properties now and a few shops the back of the theatre Royal now was traditionally traditionally
yeah traditionally one of London’s more fashionable streets also I think the first I understand
one of the first if your not from England J Salisbury’s Salisbury’s is one of London’s
biggest supermarket chains and the first store was on that street somewhere I actually live
in one of his first stores myself in the townhouse above but that is a whole another story right
lets head back and check out Bow Street police station and see if we can cut down the back
here to Bow Street police station and magistrates court and the Royal Opera House OK maybe not
the best day to show you The Royal Opera House they are having some renovations done but
I suppose you can see the the main Foyer This is the third theatre the third Royal Opera
House to be built on this site the first was constructed in seventeen thirty two this one
was first built in eighteen fifty eight and has undergone considerable refurbishment since
today it is home to The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet both of which you can see perform
in a video on my channel about Covent Garden at Christmas I’ll put a link to that at the
end for those of you that haven’t see it OK this behind me here we are on Bow Street and
this is the former as you can see it is all boarded up this police station and court house
was completed in eighteen eighty one but Bow Street has a much longer history for law enforcement
the first court opened in seventeen forty and its constables the Bow Street runners
formed in seventeen forty nine they were considered the first professional police force and a
precursor to the Metropolitan police OK yeah before I was interrupted by the ambulance
Bow Street police station see the sign above the door this was the entrance to Bow Street
police station and then on the corner here the former magistrates
court Bow Street magistrates court I don’t know what the plans are for that building
but I would imagine it has got hotel written all over it huh there is another one up at
the end of the former court house at the end of Carnaby Street on is it Marlborough street
Marlborough Lane I forget the road that Liberty that Liberty is on there is a former court
house there that was made famous because The Rolling Stones were ended up in there for
one reason or another and yeah it is now a hotel and you can have dinner in the old court
rooms a few famous names have appeared in court on Bow Street Casanova appeared in court
on Bow Street accused of hurting a pretty girl Chilean dictator general Pinochet famous
London gangsters The Kray twins Charles Dickens reported cases from courts and Oscar Wilde’s
gross indecency trial was held here so yeah the former magistrates court probably one
of the most Instagram the most Instagram streets in this part of town with all the phone boxes
looks like someone is sadly moving into that one check out this bronze statue of a ballet
dancer it is called young dancer OK while we are at this end of Covent Garden Bow Street
and the Royal Opera house there the ambulance is back while we are at this end of Covent
Garden I’ll take a quick right and show you another one of the landmarks here The Freemasons
hall I used to work with a Freemason for many years never got to the bottom of it the secretive
hand shakes and what not but yeah the hall is here for a secretive society it is a pretty
ostentatious building it is actually I believe a memorial to Freemason’s that died in the
I think in the first world war maybe I’ll narrate this bit OK the Freemasons hall is
the headquarters of the united grand lodge of England and the supreme grand chapter of
Royal arch mason’s of England as well as a meeting place for many masonic lodges it has
been a masonic meeting place since seventeen seventy five there have been three masonic
buildings on the site the current one opened in nineteen thirty three and it was built
as a memorial to the three thousand two hundred and twenty five Freemason’s who died on active
service in WWI it was originally called the masonic peace memorial but they changed the
name to Freemasons hall at the out break of WWII in nineteen thirty nine OK yeah I don’t
know if you can make it out above the door nineteen fourteen to nineteen eighteen so
I guess I was right I was hopefully right so yeah Freemasons hall available for private
hire these days it is in the multiple movies award ceremonies plenty of events these days
right lets head back into we have done a big lap lets head back into the main part of Covent
Garden maybe we will finish off in one of London’s more historic pubs OK on the way I’ve got to give one of Covent
Gardens pubs an honourable mention the Cross Keys I’am not going to go in we will go in
the other one but I’ll show you where it is just down here OK that is the Cross Keys very
popular pub with locals it is a great pub you can’t go wrong if your looking for a traditional
British pub pop in there but I’am going to head to a slightly older one one popular with
the tourists yeah you will find more locals back there than you will in this one but lets
go wrong turn that way OK this here on Rose street this little street just off of Garrick
Street just down the road from the main piazza of Covent Garden yeah just here on Rose Street
is the Lamb and Flag public house although I’ve never ever heard anyone else in Britain
call a public house a pubic house they are the pub now as I was saying earlier when we
were in the last pub London’s oldest pub is a list of disputed short stories rather than
a list of comprehensive facts The Lamb and Flag here on Rose street well Rose street
here was constructed in Sixteen twenty three it is one of the original parts of Covent
Garden development and a timber frame building would have been here originally the building
here now in parts dates to around sixteen eighty eight according to English Heritage
maybe earlier the pub say sixteen thirty eight it has definitely had some work done over
the centuries and the brink front was completely rebuilt in the nineteen fifty’s it has been
recorded as being a pub as far back as seventeen seventy two according to the pub and has been
called the Lamb and Flag since eighteen thirty three making it one of Covent Gardens oldest
pubs and certainly one of London’s more historic boozers famous drinkers have included the
writer Charles Dickens and also poet John Dryden was attacked here in sixteen seventy
nine and they have named a room after him upstairs OK being one of London’s more famous
and historic pubs its a pretty busy pub good service and good beer OK it would have originally
been probably at least three bars you can see from the beam there and the door we came
in it would have been a saloon bar probably a lounge bar at the back and public bar at
the front but year it is so busy it has been smashed into one you can still see the beams
from where the partitions would have been the dining room is upstairs apparently the
Lamb and Flag had the nickname the bucket of blood for some time because it gained a
reputation for boxing outside on the cobbles bare knuckle prize fighting which was pretty
brutal as there were no rules until seventeen forty three and the Marquess of Queensberry’s
rules as we know them today didn’t come about until eighteen sixty seven public bare knuckle
boxing was a popular sport here but effectively outlawed in eighteen eighty two and from then
on boxing became either more organised events or more private ones today the Lamb and Flag
is a more friendly place and they serve a great choice of beers in the bar and there
is seating on the first floor to enjoy some food OK I would definitely recommend the the
side door to the Lamb and Flag it is a great pub and an historic pub the irony of that
is being an historic pub one of London’s older pubs makes it one of London’s famous pubs
and that makes it as you could see incredibly busy which means you probably won’t get the
quintessential British pub experience most Brits go to the pub the Rugby is on in there
today so there are a lot of Brits in there it is not full of tourists watching the watching
the rugby however most of the time if the sports not on Brits Londoners during the day
like it is now obviously Friday nights and Saturday nights are different but during the
day primarily head to the pub for a drink and I guess chaps for a chat ladies to gossip
so yeah maybe somewhere less busy than that like the pub I showed you earlier but OK I
hope you enjoyed this this trip to Covent Garden maybe I will head back into the main
piazza yeah I hope you enjoyed this trip a tour of Covent Garden we covered the major
shopping streets best place to watch the street performers and some of its famous landmarks
but I would definitely recommend a trip here the area has had a roller coaster of mixed
fortunes over the centuries originally developed as a luxury residential development as was
seven dials deteriorated into a slum and once again it is back in business and on the up
through my life time it the brands the stores the market has definitely been becoming more
and more luxurious home to higher ticketed brands and stores but anyway as I was saying
I hope you enjoyed this trip here so until next time from Covent Garden Toodles! Ok before
we leave Covent Garden I’ll give you a quick walk through of a I guess a spot most people
may not visit but a popular spot for locals at lunch time a peaceful spot the church yard
incredible statue St Paul’s church is part of the original Inigo Jones design for Covent
Garden and it has been here since sixteen thirty three and as well as performing its
duties as Covent Garden parish church so baptisms weddings funerals and praying it squeezes
in an incredible amount of events each year concerts and theatre performances and the
church yard back here is a popular spot with locals to take a quiet break from the hustle
and bustle of the main piazza I would imagine a lot of the people that work in the shops
and stores probably take their breaks here OK I’am sure a lot of people are very very
familiar with the other side of the church because of the performances but the actual
entrance is back here yeah a popular peaceful spot for people to
sit and enjoy a drink or bite to eat at lunch time obviously popular spot on Sundays as
well and yeah St Paul’s church yard and the church OK from Covent Garden Toodles! definitely
recommend a trip here the guy is about to do what he calls the sandwich of death yeah
I definitely prefer the the circus shows to some of the others but if you want to see
the sandwich of death you’ll have to pop to Covent Garden yourself


  • Reply Stan Kormy March 5, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Your putting London on the map!

  • Reply Inconspicuous Name March 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Your editing is getting better, keep it up👍🏻

  • Reply 577AS March 5, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Great vid – can you do more coffee shop and restaurant reviews as well pls. Really enjoyed your previous ones

  • Reply Fleur March 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Great video. As usual very informative. Thank you x

  • Reply Jeanette Cardinal March 5, 2017 at 11:42 am

    enjoyed.rotten day though .Thanks

  • Reply Jerry Fortner March 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    THANKS!  One of the best ever!  And I thought I knew Covent Garden – NOT!  So much more to explore when I visit London later this week.  All thanks to you!!!

  • Reply Bailey & Addy March 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for preparing me for London. I'll be there next week. I got this….

  • Reply O Português March 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Agora escreves tudo em português porque? :))

  • Reply PzLYOUTUBE March 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    decent videos geez

  • Reply Matilda Martin March 5, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Very interesting Robert history worth knowing

  • Reply Geoff Bercovich March 5, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    always a pleasure following your London tours. Thank you.

  • Reply LynnS. March 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Enjoyed the tour! Your videos are the best!

  • Reply frances allen March 5, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    always enjoy your videos and always look forward to seeing them every week.

  • Reply Tim Daugherty March 6, 2017 at 6:16 am

    We love your footage man!!

  • Reply ΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΟΣ ΝΙΚΟΛΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ March 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Great Robert. Thank you 👍

  • Reply Juan Manuel Perez Sutil March 7, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Just Awesome, Robert!

  • Reply Nathan Sanderson March 7, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I've been searching for a youtube channel like this for month. I'm hoping to move to London after I graduate, and your videos are making me even more keen to move here. Thank you!

  • Reply James Smith March 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Robert that video was absolutely excellent please keep up the good work

  • Reply earlbee31 March 8, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Awesome tour

  • Reply Arnold Brewer March 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I was in there last Friday for my birthday and then went across to Paddington Basin where we caught a restaurant boat for a trip to Camden Lock – just wish we has found your videos before – we will in future use you as our guide! I am going to have to do the same for my own City – to follow!!

  • Reply lyn ockenden March 18, 2017 at 7:21 am

    lyn Ockenden from Melborne Australia my husband and I love the videos we are coming to London for ten days in Dec 2017and have plenty to see now  thanks so much Lyn& Bill

  • Reply Favoured IJN March 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Im begining to suspect you like Coffee :oD LolI couldnt resist that… Thanks so much as this is the 2nd vid of yours and im enjoying watching. Have you done Elephant and Castle market? Not sure if that market is exciting?

  • Reply erica mary March 28, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Great guided tour. Thank you X

  • Reply Sofia Badillo April 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    ciao…sono nuova nel tuo canale…grazie.!!bellissimo tutto londra…da favola! !!😄😙

  • Reply Henry Tudor April 8, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    next time I stumble into london, woll definitly check it out. love your videos. cheers from canterbury

  • Reply Alan jones April 17, 2017 at 8:40 am

    absolutely amazing videos .. so interesting ..:) thanks Robert

  • Reply Jessica Kent April 21, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I love your videos there Great 😊, if you could help me also, I'm planning on coming to London soon for the weekend which hotel would you suggest for families or near the most attractions?

  • Reply OnWingsOfHope May 6, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Best video on London's landmark attractions ever! New Subscriber 🙂

  • Reply Donatien Langlois May 12, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I'm French

  • Reply Sanjay May 14, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I was searching for so long for good videos of LONDON . Now I have found. TOP videos . THANKS Robert.

  • Reply evancortez2 June 7, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Do you ever hire yourself out as a private tour guide? I imagine many people going to London for the first time needs some sort of experienced guide around the city

  • Reply Leigh RN July 12, 2017 at 3:59 am

    OMG your VLOGS have me homesick and I'm not English

  • Reply Blanca Pineda July 26, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    amezing video

  • Reply Maria Jeffery July 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing these videos, its good to see what it is like in London on a typical day. I will be moving there in the near future.

  • Reply Rainier Chamberlin October 31, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Much reviews of Covent Garden To avoid confusion, just visit the marketplace at Covent Garden, as the general neighborhood itself – including all the fetching streetscape with its bustling marketplace.

  • Reply wowza November 27, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Awesome POV mate, thanks

  • Reply Valentino Spiteri February 21, 2018 at 9:54 am

    well done Robert

  • Reply Depp601 February 24, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    You missed talking about The Royal Ballet

  • Reply charlie April 21, 2018 at 5:34 am

    I heard there's a street in London where the front of the houses are fake and they're there to hide the Tube rail, is that true?

  • Reply MOOSE May 26, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Lived in London all my life, loved this

  • Reply Vicky Lloyd June 3, 2018 at 5:46 am

    I live in Covent Garden. Right off Drury Lane. I love the history of it. I i've lived there for 15 years. I'm British born. But i'm so sick of the bloody tourists

  • Reply Lucy Reidy June 24, 2018 at 11:37 am

    amazing video, so helpful, thank you

  • Reply Pamela Avant August 25, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you for making these videos . I love them. Happy happy

  • Reply Matty Jones September 8, 2018 at 8:37 am

    London is the best city  in the world and UK for all people and foreigners as other UK cities are not integrated and are more racist and segregated , Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool are vile boring segregated cities lack in culture and history.

  • Reply Elvira T October 1, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    I love London!

  • Reply Jennifer Kemp October 7, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Robert I love your videos! I watch one everyday. I'm coming back for a second trip to London and these videos have helped me plan some other things on my trip so thank you. X

  • Reply Louis Wingate November 3, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Fantastic! Very knowledgable!

  • Reply rudolf blaha December 13, 2018 at 5:25 am

    i lived in london for over twoo years and covent garden was one of my favourite areas in london

  • Reply scathson January 17, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Normally love these "walk" videos but only made it to about 7 minutes in – could have done with a whole lot less face and a great deal more city

  • Reply Lemonia Skarkala January 21, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Το αγαπημενο υπεροχη περιοχη ερωτευτηκα το Λονδινο

  • Reply Ham Zeng January 31, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I will never forget Covent Garden, because I was desperately searching for a toilet there, and that place was like a maze, lol

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  • Reply EMTB RIDES NETHERLANDS February 2, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Great video’s mate 👍🏼

  • Reply Eddie Murphy May 17, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Used to be Childrens Hospital In Convent Gatden.

  • Reply Eddie Murphy May 17, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Worked here when I was seven helping with the Fruit and Flowers . Used to get :2 bob. Great 👍

  • Reply Euclayptus Flood May 24, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Street lights,roberts

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