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London, United Kingdom
September 23, 2005
From journal Beyond the Tourist Traps in London
July 28, 2005
From journal Tea Time in London
by Cheryl Patterson
July 5, 2005
You can also find a number of different places to get food, from open-air cafes (one where you can enjoy live classical music), to top-of-the-range restaurants where you can get a five-course meal.
There is no entrance fee, and Covent Garden will be enjoyed by all ages and tastes. Ultimate cost will depend on the self control of the individual!
From journal London, England - Let a Londoner be Your Guide!
New Haven, Connecticut
April 29, 2005
From journal First Time in London
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 3, 2005
The history of the gardens date back to the Roman times, when they constructed the Lunderwich. Pop ahead 1,700 years, and what is now Covent Gardens was starting to take shape. In 1630, Earl Bedford hired architect Indigo Jones to design the piazza and square. In 1830, Charles Flower opened it to the public as a produce market. At its peak, more than 1,200 porters were working. In 1974, the market stopped selling produce and started selling gifts, collectibles, and curios and fine goods. A tradition still continued today. There are over 100 shops in the gardens. Kings, slaves, and the working class have walked the paths of Covent Gardens. It has also been home to brothels and places of murder. Three hundred years ago, a skeleton was discovered shackled and headless!
Today, you will find shops such as Marks and Spencer’s, Borders Books, Boots the Chemist (drug store), Victoria’s Secret, The Body Shop, and the Freud shop! But it doesn’t house physiatrists, just designer house wares. They have a wonderful rubber-stamp shop. I loved this place. They have a huge selection. They have a great travel section perfect for your London scrapbook pages when you return home. They also had a terrific candle shop with thousands of candles of all sizes all over the place. I purchased an incredible tea-light candle chandelier for a mere £7.5, and several other candles were very reasonable priced.
We were there over Thanksgiving, and it was already decorated for Christmas. It was absolutely beautiful. It was also very crowded. In the warmer months, you can find street performers in the front plaza. Now, if you are walking through Covent Gardens and get a sense of deja vu, you’re not having some kind of flashback from a former life. Convent Gardens served as Diagon Alley in the very successful Harry Potter movies, which stars Daniel Radcliff, and in my opinion, the very sexy Jason Isaacs as Malfoy’s dad (sorry, just had to throw that in there). The book mentions the silver griffins at the entrance several places in JK Rowlin’s books.
Convent Gardens is a great place to check out English history and splurge on some designer duds at the same time. You can check their website to see what is going on while you’re in town. Their website is . The store hours vary and, of course, restaurants, pubs, and clubs are open later.
From journal Historic London
March 23, 2005
From journal Three Weeks in London
Saint John, New Brunswick
August 27, 2004
Covent Garden is full of life and activity. Neal Street and Neal’s Yard are lined with many specialist shops converted from former warehouses. St. Martin’s Theatre is home to the world’s longest running play, The Mousetrap. The Lamb and Flag was built in 1623 and is one of London’s oldest pubs. The Theatre Museum houses a collection of theatrical memorabilia. The Royal Opera House is where many of the greatest opera singer and ballet dancers have performed. London Transport Museum’s intriguing collection brings to life the history of the city’s tubes, buses and trains. It also displays examples of 20th-century commercial art. Inigo Jones designed St. Pauls Church in 1633 in the style of the Italian Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio. Jones also designed the original Convent Garden Piazza.
The 17th-century architect Inigo Jones planned the Piazza in Covent Gardens an elegant residential square, modelled on the piazza in the Tuscan town of Livorno, which he had seen under construction during his travels in Italy. For a brief period, the Piazza became one of the most fashionable addresses in London, but it was superseded by the even grander St James’s Square, which lies to the southwest. Decline accelerated when a fruit and vegetable market developed. Meanwhile the wholesale produce market became the largest in the country and in 1828 a market hall was erected to ease congestion. The market, however, soon outgrew its new home and despite the construction of new buildings, such as Floral and Jubilee halls, the congestion grew worse. In 1973 the market moved to a new site in the south London, and over the next two decades Covent Garden was redeveloped. Today only St. Paul’s Church remains of Inigo Jones’s buildings, and Covent Garden, with its many small shops, cafes, restaurants, market stalls and street entertainers, is one of central London’s liveliest districts.
From journal Europe's Largest City
August 25, 2004
The market also has many restaurants, but there is always the caution of it being a tourist area and therefore prices will tend to be higher. A free enjoyment is the various musicians that play in yard during the day. At night, besides various pubs, the street leading out of Covent Garden is Drury Lane in which several prominent theatres are located. During the day, you can visit the Drury Lane Theatre and take a tour of one of the oldest theatres in London and hear the tales of the ghosts that haunt that hall. In addition, the Theatre Museum is located near the Drury Lane Theatre.
While it is somewhat cheesy, the long running production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK runs in this area at the Fortune Theatre of Russell Street between Bow Street and Drury Lane. The box office phone is 020 7369 1737. Although it is somewhat predictable, it is a fun thriller for the whole family to enjoy. Students can get discounts at the box office.
Whether it is walking and enjoying the performances and the people or soaking up the nightlife either at the pubs or the theatres, Covent Garden is a pleasant stroll that is relaxing and memorable.
From journal Wouldn't It Be Loverly to Go to London?
April 7, 2004
Another place to go see in Covent Garden is the Transportation Museum. It chronicles the evolution of mass transit within London. There have been attempts to tunnel under the Thames and to go over the Thames for centuries and that also is documented at this museum. One can walk around and sit inside the old horse pulled trolleys. There is much to see and experience, so I truly recommend this.
From journal Honeymoon to Merry Ol' London
June 18, 2003
The colonnaded Covent Garden market hall offers antiques on Mondays, arts and unique and handmade crafts the rest of the week, and now the Food Lover's market held on the second Friday of each month, selling a variety of fresh and seasonal produce.
Nearby, the Jubilee Market has souvenirs, clothes, and bric-a-brac. There are also a number of specialty shops inside the market hall.
The Covent Garden area of London offers a wide variety of department, chain, and boutique stores as well as lively street entertainment.
From journal Shopping the Markets of London