Covent Garden is one of London’s most charming neighbourhoods. In this lively area the street artists go to great lengths to entertain their public, while others visit the square’s shops and markets, or enjoy a cup of tea in one of its pleasant terraces.
Covent Garden’s history dates back to the seventeenth century, when the land was granted to the Duke of Bedford. In 1631, the area was turned into a public square.
In 1660 a flower, vegetable and fruit market developed on the south side of the square, attracting many locals to the area. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, a market hall of three pavilions was built in the centre of the square, providing shelter for the market.
In 1974, the market hall was remodelled and was reopened as a shopping center, drawing tourists and residents to its bohemian and fashionable shops.
Covent Garden is a very special and lively neighbourhood. In the area one can visit Floral Street’s boutiques or the small stands selling handmade goods in the covered part of the market.
It is also enjoyable to spend an afternoon having a nice cup of coffee or tea in any of its multiple bars and terraces, visit the London Transport Museum or buy tickets to the Royal Opera House. If you visit the Piazza on a Thursday, you’ll be able to buy homemade cakes and sweets, while other stands prepare delicious food on the spot.
Tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line).
Buses: 9, 13, 15, 23, 139, 153 and RV1