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Covent Garden

Covent Garden

One of London‘s most distinct and animated squares, Covent Garden comprises a bustling piazza filled with street performers and a market alive with shops, cafes and the occasional opera singer.

The central, covered Apple Market, designed in 1833 for fruit and vegetable wholesalers, today houses an array of stalls and small shops selling designer clothes, books, arts and crafts, decorative items and antiques.

The 17th century architect Inigo Jones planned this area as an elegant residential square, but the Victorian buildings on and around the piazza now, including the Royal |opera House, are almost entirely commercial. The market stalls continue south into the neighboring Jubilee Hall, which was built in 1903. The colonnaded Bedford Chambers on the north side give a hint of Inigo Jones’s plan, also these buildings are not original either, having been rebuilt and partially modified in 1879. Despite the renovations, the tradition of street entertainers in the piazza has endured since at least the 17th century.

On the short Covent Garden walk you will see:

  • Royal Opera House
  • Covent Garden Piazza
  • Bow Street Police Station
  • Theatre Royal Drury Lane -the oldest theatre in London (since 1663)
  • London Transport Museum
  • Jubilee Market
  • St Paul’s Church
  • Goodwin’s Court
  • Garrick Club- one of the oldest in the world
  • St Martin’s Theatre

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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    Covent Garden WC2, London
  • Underground

    Covent Garden, Leicester

"One of London‘s most distinct and animated squares"

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