England, London Guide (B): My Favourite Things in London's Covent Garden

My Favourite Things in London's Covent Garden
A Small History

Covent Garden is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas of London, full of shops, cafés and restaurants, theatres and the famous Royal Opera House. The area spreads north of The Strand from Drury Lane westwards to St Martin’s Lane and up to the top end of Shaftesbury Avenue. There has been a settlement there since Anglo-Saxon times in the 7th century. At the beginning of the 13th century, the area was a ‘garden’ to Westminster Abbey, with arable land and orchards – hence becoming known as the ‘garden of the abbey and convent’. In 1654 a small fruit and vegetable market opened that grew into a famous one – remember Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady? I remember it as a market from my childhood. It grew so big, and there was so much traffic congestion in the area, that the market was relocated in 1974 to the south of The Thames at Nine Elms, near Battersea, and is really just a market for wholesalers now and not nearly such a romantic setting.

Covent Garden Today

You won’t find any fruit and vegetable stalls in Covent Garden now, but there’s a daily craft market, which is always fun to look round and you’ll find some lovely things – jewellery, handbags, paintings, all kinds of crafts.

It’s an area I go to regularly – not only because I love it (and indeed lived in the area for the first two years of my life, so it’s sort of ‘home’) but because it’s so convenient for me to get there from SW London where I live: a ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: My Favourite Things in London's Covent Garden
Guide Location: England » London
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Covent Garden   The Espresso Room   FreeState Coffee   Monmouth Coffee   Barrafina   Orso   Balthazar   Carluccio’s   The Real Greek   Scoop   Royal Opera House   English National Opera   National Theatre   London Transport Museum   Courtauld Gallery   National Portrait Gallery   Neal Street   Neal’s Yard Remedies  
Author: Kay Gale
Read it on author's website: https://travel-gourmet.com/2016/08/03/my-favourite-things-in-londons-covent-garden-wc2/

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