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Covent Garden, London
Covent Garden (London)
Member Name: Misterlak
Covent Garden (London)
Advantages: great atmosphere, lots to do
It's been a while since I last was in London. But some places you will not easily forget. One of those places is Covent Garden. London and as a city where everyone must have been a time Covent Garden is a place that's worth a visit.
What is it?
You would think if you read the name that it is a garden but it is a neighborhood in London. It falls under the administration of The City of Westminster. Covent Garden got its name during the reign of King John (from 1199 to 1256). The place has been inhabited for centuries. First a whole bunch of Romans and around the 17th century it was just agricultural land. After that it was used as a major fruit and vegetable market. End of 1600 a project was started to built a large public plaza. Unfortunately I could not find where the name comes from. The name Covent Garden is also famous because it is also the name of one of the many subway stations in London.
Where is it
As above it is located in London, England. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the part which is called Greater London. The district is located in the eastern part of The City of Westminster.It is very easily accessible through the Covent Garden underground station or get off at Leicester Square tube station.
The Covent Garden Market
This is a large building in the middle of the piazza. This market is one of the major attractions of Covent Garden. You'll never feel lonely because there are more than 30 million tourists annually. The original market was designed by Inigo Jones in 1632. Of course it has changed considerably. It is a big place with a kind of buildings in between. The real front is an imposing stone structure. The stones are very large and has a large round entrance. The market is located on two sides. This is at the front side open, so it has only a roof on it. And this roof is round and made of glass. You can then also enter the building from different sides. This looks very graceful with elegant fabrics and colors It has a bit of an Italian atmosphere generated by Mr. Inigo has traveled a lot there. Between these openings are small rooms where all kind of shops in it. The shops are all a bit pricey.
Around the market you will find many street performers. They range from mimes to waders. There are people who paint. Covent Garden is the only place in London where they issue permits for street performers.
Royal opera house
The Royal Opera House is beautiful with its entrance on the north side of the market hall. Its entrance is on Bow Street. The original building was built in 1809 at a spot where formerly stood even a theater. By a major fire the building was destroyed and was rebuilt in 1857. This building was made bigger in 2000.
London's Transport Museum
On the piazza there is also the London Transport Museum. It contains old-fashioned trolley buses, London buses, trams and metro trains. I myself have not been and can't not tell whether it is worth. The cost to get in are for adults around 10 British pounds and children under 16 is free. The opening times are from 10 am until 18 hours. More information please read the website: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/
At Covent Garden there are over one hundred restaurants. I obviously do not describe all of them. They come in all price ranges, sizes and variations. There are several Italian, Asian and French restaurants and the famous fast food chains. There are also some real English pubs. One of the most famous is The Punch and Judy is in a beautiful old building overlooking the square.
You can easily spend one day at Covent Garden and the surrounding area. It is a very diverse district. You walk between the beautiful old buildings with a somewhat Italianate appearance. The district is really a character in itself. The atmosphere is friendly and cheerful. Because of the street has just a little extra. Around Christmas time, everything is beautifully lit. I think it's really a must.
Summary: Covent Garden, London
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