Covent Garden is the home of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet, as well as numerous theatres, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. In the day there is a wealth of shopping opportunities ranging from high street brand names to independent boutiques. The former vegetable market on the piazza has been stylishly converted into restaurants and shops.
The district is divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre, north of which is given over to independent shops centred on Neal's Yard and Seven Dials, while the south contains the central square with its street performers and most of the historical buildings, theatres and entertainment facilities, including the London Transport Museum and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
- The central hall has shops, cafes and bars alongside the Apple Market stalls selling antiques, jewellery, clothing and gifts.
- There are additional casual stalls in the Jubilee Hall Market on the south side of the square.
- Long Acre has clothes shops and boutiques and Neal Street is noted for its numerous shoe shops.
- London Transport Museum and the side entrance to the Royal Opera House box office and other facilities are also located on the square.
The Covent Garden area has long been associated with entertainment and shopping. Covent Garden has 13 theatres and over 60 pubs and bars, with most south of Long Acre, around the main shopping area of the old market.
Take a stroll around the streets surrounding the piazza and you are sure to spot some street theatre or a performance. There are street performances at Covent Garden Market every day of the year, except Christmas Day. The Covent Garden area has over 60 pubs and bars; several of them are listed buildings. Covent Garden is served by the Piccadilly line at Covent Garden tube station on the corner of Long Acre and James Street.