Covent Garden Market

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Covent Garden

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore London's Covent Garden with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Covent Garden's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
The Covent Garden district of London is a bewildering mix of independent boutiques, luxury hotels, renowned theatres, independent restaurants, cafés, bars & pubs, & stalls selling street food from a variety of cultures. There are also grand and opulent buildings, splendid statues and reminders of ancient London all around, joined together by historic streets with unique and distinctive characters. Finally, there’s Covent Garden Market itself, with its glorious piazza and a wealth of street performers at its beating heart.

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    Curious About... London Covent Garden

  • An exploration of London's Covent Garden with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every-which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the district's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Covent Garden in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the district - so buses, trains, tubes and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.
  • One booklet is suitable for up to 4 people, and is available to instantly download on purchase for printing at home or for using immediately on your mobile device, or we can print it for you and send it using 1st class Royal Mail.
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Curious About... London Covent Garden

Two walks are included in the booklet, the 2nd starts where the first finishes.

1. Seven Dials to Covent Garden Market - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms

From an intriguing network of seven atmospheric streets joined at the unique Seven Dials, this walk wends its way to Covent Garden via an eclectic mix of independent boutiques, luxury hotels, famous theatres, independent restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs, and stalls selling street food from a variety of countries. Marvel too at the Royal Opera House and ancient churches, then end your walk at the amazing Covent Garden Market and its vibrant piazza.
Children's University logoChildren's University event1.5 hoursOK



2. Covent Garden to Somerset House - 1 mile / 1.6 kms

Starting at Covent Garden Market, amidst its myriad of street performers, this walk explores historic streets with unique character, along the Strand and down to the Embankment. Next pass some grand and opulent offices, hotels and theatres, past the London Transport Museum to Aldwych and from there down to Somerset House, an iconic neo-classical building set around one of the most beautiful courtyards in Europe.
Children's University logoChildren's University event1 hourNot OK. Too many steps make wheelchair access impractical

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The Booklet
London Covent Garden Booklet

Each booklet is A5 size. You can: a) download to your computer & print; b) download to your phone or tablet (different format) & use directly from there; c) order a pre-printed copy which we post to you. Each has a page dedicated to the history of the city; 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions re what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions how to find a clue if you're stuck; a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.


When you click on the Add to Basket button a pop-up asks if you want to checkout using Stripe (default) or Paypal, or continue shopping. If you decide to checkout you are taken through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).


Downloads

Download files are typically between 3 and 6 mb. You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free). Please see our FAQs page for further information.


Printed Copy

The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A postage & packing charge of £1.49 is made for 1 or 2 booklets within the UK. 3 to 6 booklets it's £2.25, and after that it's £4.35. Outside the UK it's £2.50 for 1 booklet, £3.80 for 2 booklets, £5.30 for 3 to 6 booklets and £10.75 after that.

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If you are enrolled in the Children's University you can now gain hours towards your next award by completing one or more of our many Curious About walks.
Please note, for safety reasons a child should be accompanied by an adult, either parent/carer or person in loco parentis. Also, the booklets may require a degree of interpretation by an adult, as well as support and guidance.
To get your Children's University sticker:
  • Buy the download or booklet (which will contain two walks).
  • Complete one or both walks in your own time.
  • Complete the Returns Form below and send it to us:
    Complete one form for each location (eg London Covent Garden).
    Let us know one additional interesting fact you discovered along the route for each walk you complete (this provides proof that you did it / them).
  • We will then send you an email with your sticker, which you can print, cut out and stick in your passport. Hours awarded will equal those shown against each walk.
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Latest Revision : March 2020

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