It's a fun time to be in London. But you're there for business and you've only got an afternoon to spend between meetings. If you like food, fun, and a bit of history, spend two hours wandering through Covent Garden, one of the oldest areas of London and a great place to snap a photo of London't iconic red phone boxes.
For Travelers Who Like: Food, fun and history.
Where to Go: The nearest Tube station is Covent Garden, on the Piccadilly line.
What Makes It Special: Historically, the Covent Garden area used to be a fruit and vegetable market. It now serves as a popular shopping area close to the theatre district with tons of restaurants, bars, quaint specialty shops and street performers. Mentions of street performers date back to the 1600s. It is believed that some of the first Punch and Judy plays were performed here.
You might also be familiar with Covent Garden from My Fair Lady – the main character is a Covent Garden flower seller. Covent Garden has stayed true to its colorful history, combining theatre, street performance, casual commerce and fine dining into one experience.
Covent Garden is also one of the best places to take a photo of those red London phone boxes. Broad Court has several of the iconic red boxes stacked up in a row.
Must Try: The Ivy is an absolute London icon. Though pricey, it’s worth it to sneak inside for a cocktail or light bite at the bar. The stunning interior cannot be missed. If you have a sweet tooth, you must try Sweetheart Cakes.. The gorgeous English- style layer cakes are not only stunning but absolutely delicious. The cute interior with gingham chairs and white tablecloths makes for an Instagram worthy background as well! Finally, the White Lion Pub is housed in a building that dates back to 1873, though the interior has had a sleek makeover. Visit the White Lion for a traditional English pint or a Pimms.
If you're in London on business and happen to find yourself with a spare afternoon, we recommend taking a stroll through Notting Hill. If you love beautiful architecture and Instagram-worthy moments, you'll enjoy the famous colorful doors and seeing the site of the romantic film that bears the same name.