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A taxi driver's guide to Covent Garden

Did you know there’s a whole lot more to Covent Garden than just its marketplace? Seven Dials, Neal’s Yard, St Martin’s Courtyard and the Opera Quarter all come together to form the actual district of Covent Garden. How best to explore this fascinating area? Jump in an Addison Lee and follow our Covent Garden taxi driver’s guide to the best restaurants, bars, pubs and attractions in the area. Amazingly, up until the 1980s Covent Garden was little more than a well known fruit and vegetable marketplace. Approach the West End from the river and you’ll still see road signs for “Covent Garden Market”, an odd anachronism given its role as a shopping and sightseeing hub today. Speak to local residents – there are still many – and they’ll tell you there was a time not too long ago when Covent Garden would be a ghost town at the weekends. The only remnants of its busy weekday industry would be a few rogue apples strewn across the cobbled piazza floor. Today of course Covent Garden is an internationally renowned place of beauty and retail. In fact, with the phenomenal success of local cosmetics company Neal’s Yard, the area has seen a large rise in the arrival of major beauty, clothing and make-up stores. But that wasn’t the kind of beauty we were referring to. We’re talking about the sheer splendour of the streets, alleyways and surrounding buildings that make up this historic part of central London. But of course with beauty comes popularity and, inevitably crowds. Which is why we’ve put together this Covent Garden taxi driver’s guide. So when you need to find the best places to eat out, grab a cocktail or even see the sights, we’re here to help. Addison Lee have been serving the people of London since 1975. Putting the comfort, safety and needs of our customers above all else. Why stop now?

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