Covent Garden

Covent Garden is one of London’s most charming neighbourhoods, where the street artists go to great lengths to entertain while others visit shops and markets, or enjoy a cup of tea in one of its terraces.

History

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 centre, drawing tourists and residents to its bohemian and fashionable shops.

Covent Garden nowadays

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.

Transport

Tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line).
Buses: 9, 13, 15, 23, 139, 153 and RV1

Nearby places

London Transport Museum (120 m)
National Portrait Gallery (457 m)
National Gallery (540 m)
Chinatown (563 m)
Trafalgar Square (580 m)