Covent Garden’s Hidden Gems - Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour


  • Offline Mode: Download tours and listen without WiFi

  • Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy the sites

  • Instagram Hotspots: We find the perfect picture spots

  • Enjoy a private experience in a COVID-19 safe environment


Join us on this walking audio tour to explore Covent Garden’s most beautiful and bohemian locations while learning about its scandalous past.

Tour info

45 minutes
Group Size
Pricing (From)
Adult: (5-100 years)
Meeting Point

Greater London, England

Dropoff location

Bow St, Bow St, Greater London, England, WC2E 9DD

Why take this tour?

Discover the mesmerising district of Covent Garden in London, renowned for its bustling market and luxury shopping as well as award-winning restaurants and theatres! 

On this immersive tour narrated by a London historian, you will walk through the colourful street of Neal’s Yard, explore St. Paul's Church, stroll along the Strand and  finish in front of the magnificent Royal Opera House. 

Venture off the tourist trail, and discover a mix of crazy stories, famous residents, hidden neighbourhoods, and great food, as you get a more intimate and local feel for the area. 

Experience the beautiful architecture, secret gems and unforgettable iconic sights as you transport yourselves in an ​​engaging, quirky and captivating adventure.

Start the guide outside Covent Garden tube station as Ed and Claudia introduce Covent Garden’s famous faces, multitude of markets and chat about how the area’s identity has changed over its lifetime! Walk up to Neal’s Yard and discover what exactly made this area so iconic as we wander past a selection of fashionable shops.

Head into Neal’s Yard, a cosy, colourful corner that's the perfect spot to hunker down for a coffee or a glass of wine! This used to be a hub for alternative medicine, as well as occultism and astrologers, and it was also the location of the Monty Python production offices – a hit series that satirised the bizarre British way of life.

Listening to Charles Dickens as you walk, head into Seven Dials. This unusual spot sits at the heart of seven streets weaving off into different corners of the city. This used to be one of the most derelict parts of the West End as the drunken nature of this place gave it the nicknames “Gin Lane” and “Beer Alley.”

Head down into the beautiful Rose Street and Floral Court for breathtaking views of delightful flower arrangements. Designed by restaurant and plant nursery, Petersham Nurseries, this square is green all year round. There are over 100 flower pots around Covent Garden Market. There’s also a famous floral swing – see if you can find it!

Pop by St. Paul’s Church and learn about the origins of slapstick theatre, before heading into the heart of the neighbourhood, Covent Garden Market. Learn how a Market Town has existed here for around 1000 years, as a small Ango-Saxon trading town known as “Ludenwic” once sat here. The trading focus shifted to “Londinium”– and this town became known as Ealdwic, meaning “Old trading town”. Once the market was up and running, its popularity only grew and in 1828, a bill was put to Parliament to build a proper market building.

Visit some of the best pubs in the area and learn about the story behind Nell Gwynn, a celebrity figure of the Restoration period. Also, hear about the visionary that opened Europe’s first record recording studio in 1898. 

Head onto one of London’s most famous streets, the Strand. This has always been a prime location for lords and ladies of the day. As well as aristocrats, there were some notable literary neighbours. Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling lived on or by Strand. Stop by the Savoy Hotel, London’s only five-star hotel on the river, and hear about some of its strangest stories, from driving on the wrong side of the road to the unlucky number 13.

Finish the tour at the world-famous Royal Opera House, the second theatre in London allowed to perform spoken drama. Hear about the area’s Flower Girls and the origins on London’s West End Theatreland.

The Vidi Guides experience is enriched with on-screen photos and videos. We also point out where to take the perfect Instagram photos during the tour, and include recommendations for food, drinks, and local attractions. Don't worry, none of our recommendations are sponsored - they are simply favourites of the locals who helped craft the experience.

What’s included?

  • Access to your self-guided audio tour

  • Audio tour provided by a local or historian

  • Offline Mode: Download tours in advance to listen without WiFi

  • Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy sites, without getting lost

  • Instagram Hotspots: We find the spot for your perfect picture

  • Earphones

  • Mobile device

Things to know

Before you book

  • This product is suitable for all ages

  • Do it at your own pace. This product is suitable for all fitness levels

  • English speaking Audio guide only

Before you go

  • You will need to bring your own mobile phone

  • You will need to bring your own headset/earphones

Covid Policy

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Avoid the crowds and explore Covent Garden at your own pace while adhering to social distancing regulations!

Cancellation Policy

    Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

Redemption information

    Bring a pair of headphones along with you so that you can truly immerse yourself in the experience! Download now and start at your convenience!

    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Too many people visit places without discovering anything about them. And we can’t let that happen.

We believe that the true essence of travelling lies in the joy of discovering the authentic face of cities, neighbourhood and cultural sites, and unlocking the many tales they hold.

With that spirit in our hearts, we started out in search of these stories hidden in the nooks and corners of Paris, London, Cambridge and Oxford's most iconic spots. We then dived into each place’s culture, history, and traditions by collaborating with historians, famous architects, photographers, street artists, and many more. What we ended up finding was a treasure trove of stories that we have meticulously tied together just for you!

But how to deliver this information? We didn’t want to create another Wikipedia, with people looking at their phones instead of the sites. And let’s face it, audioguides and headsets belong to the 20th century.. This is why we’ve created our own storytelling format. Podcast-style tours, enriched with photos and videos, that keep you wanting more.

Our goal is to create a form of travel that will make you truly discover the places you visit.