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Covent Garden, the Piazza and the Market Building is always open, but the shops usually operate between 10am and 8pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from around 11am to 6pm. The Apple Market is open daily from 10am until 6pm and the East Colonnade Market is open from 10:30am until 7pm
Covent Garden, the Piazza and the Market Building is a public space and free for anyone to walk around day or night
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There is Pay & Display parking on the streets off the Piazza - Henrietta Street, Southampton Street and Tavistock Street. There is also an NCP car park on Drury Lane
Covent Garden's tube station is a very short walk from the Market Building at the end of James Street. Covent Garden is on the Piccadilly Line. Please note, the Covent Garden tube station stairs are not for the faint of heart as there are 193 steps to the top so unless you feel like a workout it is advised to wait for the lifts
During peak times we suggest getting off at Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern Line), which is a short walk to Covent Garden
Holborn (Central Line) is only a ten minute walk from Covent Garden. Here is the best walking route via Google Maps
Embankment (Circle, District, Bakerloo and Northern Line) is a ten minute walk to Covent Garden. Here is the best walking route via Google Maps
There are several bike racks surrounding Covent Garden
Inside the Market Building there are the award winning 2theloo bathrooms that cost £1. Toilets are also located on either side of the portico by St Paul’s church, accessed via the West Piazza and cost 50p. There is also a disabled toilet in Tavistock Court, to the side of Jubilee Market
There are ATMs on the West Piazza and on King Street
The nearest Foreign Exchange Centre is Covent Garden FX
Covent Garden still retains its historical charm with Grade || listed featured and iconic cobbles. There are a number of wheelchair accessible routes around Covent Garden, with the smoothest way in to the Market Building being from Russell Street where there are a number of ramps and the bottom of James Street. Should you need any assistance in Covent Garden please visit our Information Booth at the front of the South Wells
Covent Garden, the Piazza and the Market Building welcomes dogs to walk through, however we ask that you are considerate and pick up after your dogs.
There are a number of dog friendly establishments in Covent Garden including Ave Mario, Shake Shack and Chestnut Bakery.
If you are in Covent Garden with your four legged friend and snap a picture, ensure to share with our Instagram tag #DogsofCoventGarden
There are complimentary refill stations in Ellis Brigham on Southampton Street and Boots on Long Acre.
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There are a number of places in Covent Garden where you can plug in and work including 3 Henrietta Street and Chestnut Bakery.
You have to audition.
For all auditions please arrive by 10.15am at the latest at the North Hall to ensure you are registered
There will be a judging panel made up of representatives from the Courtyard Musicians Association, Street Performers Association & the Capco Covent Garden Management Team
Each audition must last no longer than 3 minutes
These auditions are for performance slots in the North Hall, West Piazza and Courtyard
The North Hall and West Piazza pitch is predominantly for variety / circus acts with a structured show. Auditioning acts need to show a high degree of skill and the ability to build a rapport with the audience
The Courtyard pitch is for classical vocalists and instrumentalists. Vocalists should not be amplified although they can have a backing track
All auditioned performers will be contacted within one week of their audition in writing. They will receive feedback and confirmation of the audition result. All decisions are final
Please note there is no capacity for acoustic guitarists or singer/songwriters
We do not allow any wind instruments, brass instruments, electric guitars, drums, accordions, bagpipes or didgeridoos to be played here at Covent Garden
We are unable to supply electricity, all equipment must be battery powered
Next audition dates include:
Monday 9 January
Monday 17 April
Monday 10 July
Monday 9 October
If you are unsuccessful in your audition, try buskinlondon.com.
To perform on the street to the right of the tube station going towards The Market Building please contact Westminster Council or speak to one of the performers
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