As children look forward to the end of their Summer term, and parents to a break from the dreaded school run, this is this year of the staycation. And here in London our very own Covent Garden, famed around the world for its street theatre, will not disappoint. It will, In fact, thrill and amaze both young and old with tricks aplenty from terrifying fire-eaters to colourful jugglers even daring escapoligists all delivered with a joke, a huge dollop of comedy and lots of that essential audience participation.
Visit the West Piazza for your share of the fun but remember when the hat is passed around at the end of the show please be generous as the performers don’t get paid to do a show.
On the other side of the Piazza there is also a fascinating museum dedicated to both the history and the future of Transport in London. And it’s not just for trainspotters!
Exhibitions inside chart public transport from the earliest days with horse drawn buses to the transport of the future, a whopping 200 years!. There is also a live map of what is happening on London’s transport network right here right now, from the underground tube line to the buses, trams and trains above ground. If you are in need or some rest or recuperation there is also a comfy café and a shop to buy those so important souvenirs.
But there’s still more to see! The London Film Museum just next door is calling on all Harry Potter fans, and let’s face it who isn’t one, to come and visit. This is your chance to go behind the scenes at the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition which opens on 12 July..
As well as seeing iconic photographs, the exhibition also takes you behind the scenes of key moments in the films from Harry’s first day at Hogwarts through to the Battle of Hogwarts. Who can say no to that? And if that wasn’t enough it is also home to London’s only bottled Butter Beer bar. Cheers! It is definitely another not to be missed on a visit to Covent Garden.
And once all is said and done you are still only ten minutes from a stroll along the banks of the Thames or perhaps even a relaxing cruise taking in the London landmarks from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral.