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Covent Garden: Our most recommended tours and activities

London Transport Museum Day Pass

1. London Transport Museum Day Pass

Visit London Transport Museum in the heart of Covent Garden. The Museum explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London since 1800. Historic vehicles, world-famous posters, and objects from the Museum’s collection tell the story of London’s development. Horse-drawn buses to the world’s first underground railway and the creation of the Underground map and colorful displays show how transport sustains London. From the famous bullseye Tube logo and Johnston typeface to the diagrammatic Tube map, discover these collections of posters and graphic art.

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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

2. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts’ House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose either a short boat trip down the Thames or take the world-famous London Underground. Both the boat and Underground options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. 800-year-old Borough Market 3. Sir Francis Drake's world-famous Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. 900-year-old Clink Prison 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

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London: Historical Pub Walking Tour

3. London: Historical Pub Walking Tour

Enjoy an afternoon stroll through London's liquid history, pausing to quench your thirst in 4 of the city's most historic pubs. This 3-hour tour of some of the city’s finest alehouses follows in the footsteps of legendary city chroniclers, such as Charles Dickens. You will take a gentle 2 mile walk through some of London’s ancient streets, departing from St Paul's underground station and strolling along the "street of shame". Throughout the tour, enjoy fine views, quirky history, and a drink or two along the way. Stop at no less than 4 different pubs to quench your thirst, with visits to taverns that date back as far as 1549. The small group provides a more personal touch and local feel, and the trip will finish close to the Strand and Covent Garden, where you will be a short walk from the theaters, shops, and restaurants of London’s West End. Not to mention even more historic pubs if you want to carry on your liquid tour of London on your own…

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Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

4. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivalled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Premium Plus tickets include a return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich with the option to break the journey at the Tower of London. Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop 18) and the London Eye Pier (near stop 11). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

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London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

5. London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

6. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

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London: Cheese Walking Tour with Tastings

7. London: Cheese Walking Tour with Tastings

Spend an afternoon exploring London on a cheese-themed guided walking tour. Sample some cheesy treats, learn about the capital’s relationship to cheese, and put your cheese knowledge to the test. Meet your guide in Mayfair by the Statue of Goddess Diana. Then, walk over to Fortnum & Mason’s legendary cheese counter, where you will tuck into some of London’s finest blue cheese. The department store has been serving cheese for over 300 years and sells tonnes of Stilton every December. It even provides the royals with their dairy fix. During the tour, put your cheese expertise to the test with a fully interactive cheese trivia quiz, the “QUIZtro Formaggio.” Next, head to London’s little-known Little Italy. Nothing quite beats a great wine paired with cheese, and here you will try "drunk cheeses"! Devour lots of other dairy delights before completing your cheese adventure in Covent Garden.

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London Full-Day Tour by Black Cab

8. London Full-Day Tour by Black Cab

Drive along the streets of London on board one of the city’s iconic black cabs, and get a great narration of the history from your guide. They will not only be a registered taxi driver - who have to sit the toughest taxi exam in the world - but will also be a registered Blue Badge, City of London, or City of Westminster Guide, with exceptional knowledge of London’s attractions. Following a pick-up from any central London (zone 1) hotel, set off and stop at each landmark for photographs and a historical explanation. Take in the massive medieval fortress of the Tower of London, and the fairytale splendor of Tower Bridge. Drive through Trafalgar Square, passing St James's Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Cathedral. Stop outside the Queen’s official residence at Buckingham Palace. See St. Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, the Houses of Parliament, and much more. No London tour is complete without a pub lunch, and you’ll take yours on the banks of the River Thames in a 300-year-old establishment. Back on the road, continue your family-friendly adventure to some of London’s more hidden attractions, including lost graveyards, Roman Temples, and unusual statues. Walk on a Roman pavement of mosaics, see Winston Churchill’s cigar chair, an original gas lamp, and more.

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London Private 4-Hour Taxi Tour

9. London Private 4-Hour Taxi Tour

Drive along the streets of London on board one of the city’s iconic black cabs and get a great narration of the city’s history from your registered guide. Following a pick-up from any central London hotel (zone 1), you willl set off and stop at each landmark for photographs and a historical explanation. Take in the massive medieval fortress of the Tower of London, and the fairytale splendor of Tower Bridge. Motor through Trafalgar Square, past St James's Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Cathedral, stopping outside the Queen’s official residence at Buckingham Palace. See St. Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, the Houses of Parliament, and more. Your guide will not just be a Licensed London Taxi Driver, but a registered Blue Badge, City of London, or City of Westminster Guide, so you know you are in the safest of hands. London's taxi drivers have to sit the toughest taxi exam in the world, and their knowledge of the city is unsurpassed.

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London: City Highlights Bike Tour

10. London: City Highlights Bike Tour

Visit London’s must-see sights and attractions by bicycle as well as off-the-beaten-track hot spots that tour buses can’t reach. You’ll hear quirky tales about London’s amazing and sometimes bizarre history on this unique bicycle excursion. You’ll cycle at a comfortable pace along riverside pathways, dedicated bike lanes, and park routes. Possible tour stops include London’s major highlights, including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Other places of interest that you may see include Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Listen to amusing anecdotes about London from your knowledgeable guide, and make stops during the day.

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What people are saying about Covent Garden

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 10,873 reviews

We attended this tour with our daughters ages 10 & 7 on 12/27/21. Our tour guide Ana was a lovely person who really made the experience fun for the kids (and mom). They are excited to watch the movies again so that they can spot the filming locations we visited. It would be fairly impossible to find some of these locations on your own unless you are very familiar with London. I highly recommend this tour if you are visiting, especially with kids (or any HP fan, really). We finished around lunch time and still had time to make it to Windsor Castle for the afternoon tour there.

Whilst we live in London, we found this tour super fun and informative. We were taken to places that we didn't even know existed! Hagrid/John, our guide, is extremely knowledgeable and engaging throughout. Highly recommend this tour to all - locals or visitors!!

We really enjoyed our experience with Anais! She was a great tour guide and taught us a lot about the city and films. Definitely recommend!

Everyone had a good time. It was interactive and entertaining.

Great for all ages - an interesting tour of central london