Covent Garden, London

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    Noise and sharm

    by jpeter Written Feb 8, 2016

    The area itself is absolutely charming, a little bit touristy, but it is unavoidable. That is why maybe it is not a good idea to buy something in the shops, but walking around and watching performances can make you feel a vibe of living and breathing Covent Garden`s heart.

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    Covent Garden

    by Nemorino Updated Oct 24, 2015

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    The former Covent Garden vegetable market, built in 1830, has been restored and is now a retail market with popular shops and restaurants.

    Second photo: Musicians and street performers are common at Covent Garden, and they tend to be quite good, since they have to audition and get a permit before they are allowed to perform. So it’s not as spontaneous as it might first appear, but still informal and unpretentious.

    Third photo: This is Covent Garden as seen from the upper balcony of the Royal Opera House.

    Directions: Nearest cycle stations.

    Website: http://www.visitlondon.com/discover-london/london-areas/central/covent-garden


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    COVENT GARDEN

    by hevbell Updated Oct 11, 2015

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    The area around Covent Garden and Leicester Square is one of my favourite parts of London. I just love hanging out in this area people watching and checking out all the fun shops around the Apple Market. Its a very lively area at night time with all the West End theatres and cinemas and the pubs of SoHo not far away. During the day there are the shops, restaurants and various street entertainers performing in Covent Garden.

    Address: Covent Garden & Leicester Square

    Directions: underground: : Leicester Square or Covent Garden [unless, like me, you don't like elevators! its the only way out of Covent Garden underground..]

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    Covent Garden Market

    by Galaxy31 Updated Jun 22, 2015

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    Covent Garden Market it has been there and traded as a market from the Saxon times, but the market we see today it was built by Charles Fowler and opened to the public in 1830 and up to 1974 it was trading in a wholesale fruit, vegetables and flowers.

    The market is in three sections The Apple Market in the North Hall selling British made crafts, jewellery and leather goods. The East Colonnade Market you can find handmade soaps, clothes, sweets and much more and in the Jubilee Market in the South Hall it sells different items on different days with Monday's being an antique day. The weekend the market sells arts and crafts.

    A lot of the what it used to shops and storage areas for the traders years ago now they have become cafes, restaurants and shops. Is always something to do or see there from street performers in the Piazza or the surrounding streets and at Christmas and Easter they do make a lot of effort decorating the whole place beautifully.

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Friday 10.00am to 9.00pm
    Saturday 9.00am to 8.00pm
    Sunday 11.30am to 6.00pm

    Nearest Station is Covent Garden but Leicester Square and Embankment are only five to ten minutes away.

    Address: London WC2E 8RF

    Website: http://www.coventgardenlondonuk.com

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    A Melting Pot of Cultures and Art

    by cleocat Written Jan 26, 2015

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    Everybody loves Covent Garden. I can sit for hours at one of the restaurants at the market and listen to the music and watch the people. The Covent Garden and Soho areas, which are right next to each other, are my all time favourite spaces in London. Walking along Charing Cross Road makes me happy. I've done it tons of times, but I am still excited to go there.

    The market is busy and interesting. The restaurants are great.

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    Xmas@Covent Garden

    by Galaxy31 Updated Nov 18, 2014

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    The Christmas lights are already up and everywhere in London including Covent Garden.
    The decorations in the market are simple but effective with a giant 22 feet silver reindeer on one side of the Piazza by the London Transport museum and a handpicked Christmas tree on the other side with 150, 000 sparkling pea sized lights onthe Piazza by Punch & Judy pub.
    The decorations in the rest of the market it’s large red and silver hanging balls.
    The main attraction and especially for the children it will be the live reindeers which you can pet them and hand feed them. The reindeers will be at Covent Garden every Saturday from 12.00 pm until 4.00pm until Christmas. The largest reindeer has got the largest antlers I have ever seen.
    On Saturday the 6th of December at the West Piazza the 34th Great Christmas Pudding race will take place in aid of Cancer Research UK. The entertainment will take place at 11.15 and the first race will start at 12.10.
    There are also a lot of stalls selling mulled wine and mince pies and handmade gifts.

    Address: London WC2E

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    Covent Garden - always worth a visit...

    by Anjuschka Updated Aug 16, 2014

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    Most of the times I've been to London I paid a visit to Govent Garden. (only exception waslast year)...

    I absolutely love to be there - the little charming cafès, reatsurants little shops and the market itself.
    Tourists from all over the world and Londoners or British people love to come here and enjoy there time.

    Street artist are very special herte and I love to watch them.
    You have so many opportunities to spend your time there and everyone will find something great to to.

    I always choose to go there by food - I enjoy walking there from Leicester Square, over Charing Cross Road and I especially love to walk along Shaftesbury Avenue...

    There are may ways to get there.
    I would say AVOID GOING BY TUBE there.

    Just stroll around and enjoy the atmoshere...
    You won't regret it...

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    Covent Garden - Street artists

    by Anjuschka Written Aug 16, 2014

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    If you love Covent Garden and visit it regularly you have noticed them already.
    Who will be there for the first time - youl sure will love to watch them.

    If you are standing in the front row you might get involved - what can turn out a funny experience.

    There are so many kinds of artists - you will find one where stop and watch them for a while.

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    Covent Garden

    by Agraichen Written Mar 18, 2014

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    A visit to Covent Garden is a bit like stepping back in time. For those that have seen the theatre production, My Fair Lady, you'll recognize some of the area.

    Formerly the fruit market, today it is a bit of everything for the tourist trade. Antiques, souvenir shops, pubs, even street actors passing the hat after their acts.

    It is a fun place to pass the time people watching as well as shopping.

    Address: Long Acre, London

    Directions: Easiest method is to take the Metro and get off at the Covent Garden stop.

    Website: http://www.coventgardenlondonuk.com/

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    Covent Garden

    by Balam Written Mar 18, 2014

    In 2012 when I was in London with Evan (Evenith666) we met up with Fen by a spitfire in Covent Garden and I did not really have a look around, It was straight off to a fantastic pub nearby for a good chat!
    When I visited London for my Birthday in 2013 with Vicki (Myfanwe) we had a walk around Covent Garden, There are some very nice shops and stalls as well as some great places to eat and drink. I was very impressed with the street entertainment as well, especially from a Lady that was singing, she was very good, When we visit again this year (2014) I would like to call there earlier in the day as a lot of the stalls had closed (or were just closing) and have a really good look around.

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    Seven Dials (Covent Gardens)

    by spidermiss Updated Dec 13, 2013

    I came across this wonderful hidden gem in Covent Gardens...a quieter alternative to the busy market piazza that travellers would usually associate Covent Gardens with!

    Thomas Neale, a member of parliament, during the 17th century laid out the properties in triangle series to maximise house numbers as rentals because these were charged per foot of frontage and not per square foot of interiors. This resulted in less houses and less frontage. The seven streets which linked to Seven Dials are Earlham Street, Mercer Street, Shorts Gardens and Monmouth Street. The streets had different original names but changed to avoid confusion and duplication of other London streets bearing the same name. The Sundial Pillar which represents the Seven Dials was designed by Edward Pierce and consist of six sundial faces and the seventh 'style' the column itself.

    Seven Dials didn't become the place Neale hoped it to be. The area deteriorated into a slum which attracted its social and health issues and inequalities. Following regeneration and redevelopment in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Seven Dials now attracts residents and visitors alike with its quaint Neal's Yard renowned for its vegetarian cafes, alternative medicine and therapy centres and spiritualists. There is an interesting mixture of independent boutiques, restaurants and two theatres (Cambridge Theatre and Donmar Warehouse).

    Please check out the website for further information.

    Address: Seven Dials, Covent Gardens, London

    Directions: Near Shaftesbury Avenue, Long Acre Street and Charing Cross Road.

    Website: http://www.sevendials.co.uk/

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    Neal´s Yard.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 5, 2013

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    There is a very interesting yard hidden away in central London. It is called Neal´s Yard and all the houses in the yard are brightly painted in various colours. I remember going there in 1987 and was seeking it out, but one could easily pass by it as the 2 entrances to the yard don´t show much of what is hidden inside the yard.

    Neal´s Yard has a hippie New Age feel to it and here are New Age stores and health-food stores, f.ex. Neal´s Yard Remedies, Neal´s Yard Kitchen, Neal´s Yard Salad Bar, Neal´s Yard Wholefoods, Hair by Fairy etc.

    The activist Nicholas Saunders, who was into alternative and healthy way of life, moved into (squatted) an empty warehouse in Neal´s Yard in 1978 and opened up a wholefood store, which proved to be successful, so he opened up a café, a dairy and an alternative remedies´ Apothecary.

    Both Neal´s Yard and the nearby Neal Street are named after Thomas Neale (1641-1699) who was the project manager who promoted the building scheme of the streets by Seven Dials in Covent Garden. Two of those streets, Short Garden and Monmouth Street surround Neal´s Yard.

    I am such a hippie at heart and love places like this and seek them out where ever I go.

    Directions: Off Shorts Garden and Monmouth Street.

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    Royal Opera House

    by mikey_e Written Dec 20, 2012

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    Covent Garden is frequently used as shorthand for the Royal Opera House, which has been located in Covent Garden since the first of its three buildings was constructed in the 1730s. The current structure has been standing since the 1850s, when the second fire to ravage the Opera House destroyed its second building. This structure is home to the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet and the Orchestra (of the Royal Opera), which marks a radical change from its original usage as a theatre for plays. Although the neo-classical façade now on display is the basic core of the building that was erected in the 1850s, the Royal Opera House was comprehensively renovated in the 1990s, allowing for improvements in acoustics and presentation requirements, as well as expansion into adjacent buildings. As a result, the original façade is complemented by some modern architecture, as well as Belle Époque-style additions that were maintained when it moved into sections of the Convent Garden markets.

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    Sleazy begone!

    by mikey_e Written Dec 20, 2012

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    The use of the term Covent Garden can sometimes be confusing. This confusion largely stems from the fact that the name refers to two different attraction: the market area and the Royal Opera House (well, maybe three: the subway station too). Covent Garden takes its name from the fact that the fields in this location were walled off and gifted to Westminster Abbey in the 13th century. In the 16th century, they were seized by Henry VIII and transferred to the Earls of Bedford. The Earls built London’s first Italianate plaza here in the latter part of the 16th century and the early 17th century, and it was, like Soho, an area intended to attract London’s wealthier residents. The area fell into disrupt soon after it was developed, and attracted quite the opposite of the hoped-for tenants. This situation remained until the early 19th century, when Parliament decided to bring the seedier activities under control and funded the construction of neo-classical market building that stands in the centre of the Plaza. This plan worked, and soon other respectable businesses flocked to Covent Garden. It became so busy that the main market had to be moved to New Covent Market, and today Covent Garden is largely a tourist area that attracts street performers, out-of-town visitors and Londoners looking to enjoy the specialty and artisanal stalls in the hall and to spend a bit of time outdoors before heading to the nearby cultural attractions. Covent Garden can still get quite busy, especially on the weekends, but luckily its pedestrian traffic, and quite conducive to enjoying oneself outside.

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    THE ACTOR'S CHURCH

    by davidjo Written Dec 20, 2012

    St. Paul's Church was built in 1631 for the parish of Covent Garden and soon was known as the actor's church because of the theatres that were found in the community. The Earl of Bedford demolished buildings in the area and the first formal square in London was known as Covent Garden Piazza with St. Paul's Church attributed to Inigo Jones, the first church built in London after the Reformation. The church was renovated several times and Margaret Ponteous, the first victim of plague was buried there in April 1665. The Orchestra of St. Paul's is resident at the church but performs throughout England.

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