Enjoy some free street entertainment in Covent Garden -- everything from buskers, acrobats and clowns to opera singers.
When is the best time to visit the site? On what time should I expect the shows to start? Thakns, Yoram Aloni.
There's no set time really, and some of the spots may be empty when you go. But they generally appear when the tourists do.
There are two places to look. The best act will be on the square outside St. Paul's church. This is where you get all the acrobats, dancers fire-eaters, magicians etc. If it was me, I would probably go from 11 AM onwards -- and i would time it so I can have my lunch in Covent Garden. There are lots of good restaurants and cafes in the piazza, and most of them have seats oustide too, so you can watch what's going on. The Punch and Judy pub (which you will find inside the Piazza) even has a balcony which overlooks the square.
The second area to look is inside the Piazza, downstairs in the basement (you can also watch it from the balcony surrounding the basement). This is is where you will find the musicians... usually opera singers and classical musicians. This area has lots of seats from the cafes. I would not bother looking there until lunchtime, because they wait for the seats to fill up from people eating at the cafes.
what time do street performers finish on a saturday night and is it safe for children at night
They are basically buskers, (but auditioned ones), so there is no real schedule.
It's a very busy area, and there are lots of pubs around. I've never known any trouble there, but it's a very busy nightlife area, packed with tourists and drinkers. As long as you keep hold of them then I'm sure you will be fine (it would be very easy to lose them in the crowd)