Covent Garden - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Covent Garden' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Covent Garden is one of the most famous shopping and café areas in London, located just north of the Strand and south of Neal Street in London's West End. It is surrounded by theatres and there are numerous live acts that are done by street performers here every day. Both the London Transport Museum and the Theatre Museum are close to Covent Garden, and the Royal Opera House is just around the corner. Covent Garden is a short walk from both Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.
Covent Garden square is laid out in Italian fashion, with a covered market area in the centre. The square is surrounded by shops, and also contains a few fair ground rides. The road from Covent Garden Tube to the piazza is lined with human 'statues' waiting for the chance to be photographed with tourists. This area in London also contain numerous back alleys lined with chic independent fashion shops.
The name 'Covent Garden' comes from the 40 acre 'convent garden', which belonged to the Abbey of St. Paul which. Established in the 12C by King John it played a role in providing Westminster Abbey, and much of London, with fresh food for the next 300 years. In 1552 Henry VIII "le Covent Garden" was granted by Royal patent to the Earl of Bedford in perpetuity.
Covent Garden began to take it's current form by the 19C. In 1973 a huge public outcry prevented the area from being redeveloped and now many of the buildings, including the covered market area, are protected by listed status, making it a unique London square. The fruit and vegetable market has moved to the New Covent Garden south of the Thames.