Covent Garden, London
Covent Garden is a district in London, on the eastern fringes of the West End, between St Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane. Formerly it was associated with selling of fruits and vegetables at the central square. Currently, it is a popular shopping and tourist site and with the Royal Opera House. At the north of Covent Garden, there are independent shops located at Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials. At the south, there is Central Square with street performers and most of the historical buildings, theatres and entertainment facilities, including the London Transport Museum and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The Covent Garden falls within the London boroughs of Westminster and Camden.
History of Covent Garden
The market buildings with other properties in Covent Garden were brought by a property company in 2006. After high consultation with local businesses, Westminster Council made up a decision to retain the historic materials in 2004.
Major attractions found in Covent Garden
- London Transport Museum
The museum holds History of the London’s transport.
- The St. Paul Church
The church was built in 1663 and it is also a good place to visit and relax.
- Covent Garden Film Studios
Formerly, they were used as banana warehouse. Nowadays, they are used for, art display, fashion shows and clothes sales.
- Royal Opera House
It is a home for Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera.
- Phoenix Garden
It is a good place for refreshment and rest.
- Lyceum Theatre
It offers entertainment by providing music version of The Lion King.
- Covent Garden Comedy Club
It offers great moments of laughter and also offers food and drinks.
- Freemason’s Hall
The hall is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England. It is also a meeting place for London’s Masonic Lodges. The hall has been used in filming in several films and TV series.
- Drury Lane Road
It is famous road in London which leads to, Theatre Royal and New London Theatre.
- English National Opera
It is located in London Coliseum, one of the best venues. It is a home for vocal talent.
- Courtauld Institute of Art
It is a good place for gallery and educational facilities.
- Joe Allen’s
This is a great restaurant which serves high quality food. There is a warm atmosphere and anyone can enjoy being there.
It is one of the largest selections of beers.
- Neal’s Yard
It is found behind the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden. Things found there include: brightly decorated houses, windowsill flowers and boutique shops.
Facts to know about Covent Garden
- The street performers in the Covent Garden run shows every day of the year except Christmas Day.
- The Covent Garden has more than 60 pubs and bars.
- The Royal Opera House, the Theatre Royal and Drury Lane are said to be haunted.
- Covent Garden was an 18th– century red-light district.
- Covent Garden has run a market since 1656.
- Covent Garden was the first piazza in London.
- Covent Garden was designed by Royal Architect Inigo Jones
- Henry VIII seized the lands of Covent Garden and gave them to a friend.
- Covent Garden was once the bustling Centre of an Anglo Saxon trading town.
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