The Best Places in London to Find Street Performers


As a metropolitan city with a diverse set of cultures calling it home, London has some incredible street performers to marvel at. You’ll notice acrobats, magicians, and dance performances as you stroll through the capital but if you really want to include street entertainment during your stay, there are five places that you should be heading.

Street performers are a part of London’s traditions and a great way to soak up some culture and break your day up as you head to the next attraction on your list. When you’re staying in one of the hotels near Hogarth Road, you’re perfectly positioned to get on the tube and head to one of the many street performer destinations.

Covent Garden, The Piazza

When it comes to street performers the best place to head is Covent Garden, you’ll usually spot at least a couple of performers getting the crowd ready for their next show. The courtyard features a vibrant mix of entertainment, who have to audition for timetabled slots, so you know quality is guaranteed. Convent Garden street entertainment dates back to the 17th century and the West Piazza is home to a diverse group of performers from escapologists to traditional clowns.

Covent Garden, James Street

Covent Garden is so popular with performers it actually has two distinct locations to head to. The James Street location is where you’re most likely to find musicians offering up a variety of different styles. To get to both Covent Garden locations, it’s just a 20-minute tube ride via the Piccadilly line from the Park Grand Hotel Kensington. The convenient Covent Garden tube stop means you’ll be within easy access to the famous busking location and have plenty of opportunities to take in a street performance or two.

The Underground

You might not think of the Underground when you’re looking for street performers, but it has a thriving entertainment scene. The London Underground Busking scheme has been in operation for 15 years. There are 35 official pitches on the Underground to brighten up the day of commuters and tourists alike. The like of Ed Sheeran and Bob Geldof have previously busked on the Underground, so you might even spot the next big artist. If you’re staying at one of the hotels near Hogarth Road, you’re easily connected via the Earl’s Court tube station.


Southbank is a great culture spot to explore even when you don’t include street performers. On the banks of the Thames near the iconic London Eye, you’ll typically find plenty of buskers and entertainers thanks to the high footfall. Expect energetic and high impact performances to marvel at and liven up your day exploring London.

Trafalgar Square

If you’re planning to take in the top sights of the capital, it’s likely that Trafalgar Square is already on your list of places to visit. Head over to the North Terrace to combine taking in the sights with some unique street performers. There are numerous living statues as you stroll the terrace and you’ll usually find some budding musicians looking for their big break too.