Covent Garden Market was a fruit and vergetables market for 300 years but those traders moved out years ago to be replaced by bric-a-brac and antiques stalls. The film My fair Lady was filmed here – it’s where Henry Higgins first meets Eliza Doolittle.
It’s a nice place for a stroll with enough good coffee shops, cafes and restaurants to make it a good stop on a walking tour, or just a hang-out before or after visiting one of the theatres nearby or even the Royal Opera House.
The London Transport Museum is good for families, especially for boys and in the Summer there are often bungee jumps set up on trampolines. Add in a car free plaza to run around, sweet and toy shops (expensive chi-chi ones) and it might be just the place to run off some steam.
It’s quicker to walk to Covent Garden from Leicester Square tube stop than bother to change tube lines from Northern Line to Piccadilly. The track from one station to the other is so short that the standard zone 1 fare makes the journey from Leicester Square to Covent Garden the most expensive track in the UK.