Covent Garden Market, London

Covent Garden Market, London (must see)

Covent Garden is well-known for its shops, street performers, bars, restaurants, theatres and the Royal Opera House. The centrepiece of Covent Garden is the famous market, designed by Inigo Jones as far back as 1632. The first record of a "new market in Covent Garden" is in 1654 when market traders set up stalls against the garden wall of Bedford House. The Earl of Bedford acquired a private charter from Charles II in 1670 for a fruit and vegetable market, permitting him and his heirs to hold a market every day except Sundays and Christmas Day.

The original market, consisting of wooden stalls and sheds, became disorganised and disorderly, and the 6th Earl requested an Act of Parliament in 1813 to regulate it, then commissioned Charles Fowler in 1830 to design the neo-classical market building that is the heart of Covent Garden today.

The site attracts annually up to 30 million visitors. Underneath the glass cover there are several arcades of fashionable boutiques, cafés, food and arts and crafts stalls, as well as the Apple and the Jubilee Hall markets. Fresh food products are brought here directly from farmers each Thursday and Saturday.

Why You Should Visit:
Always plenty of energy, places to see, bars and eateries to satisfy just about any visitor's needs. Easy to get to and a fun meeting place for tourists.

Tip:
Neat place to visit around 4pm, when sun is perfect to sit and stroll.

Operation Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm

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Covent Garden Market on Map

Sight Name: Covent Garden Market
Sight Location: London, England
Sight Type: Shopping
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