Nestled between the Strand and Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden central square is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market. Since the 16th century, Covent Garden was known as “Convent Garden”, being the monks of Westminster Abbey’s vegetable garden. In 1536 the land was seized by King Henry VIII in an act to dissolute the monasteries.
Jones designed the square along with the church of St Paul’s. For many years the design influenced London’s modern town planning, especially as the estates grew. Today, Covent Garden is known for both being the heart of the theatre land in London and its uniqueness as a popular retail destination.
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Covent Garden offers a minority of outstanding schools. St Clement Danes C of E is an excellent primary school. The Royal Ballet School, founded in 1926, is one of, if not the, most prestigious ballet schools in the world. Giving talented dancers the opportunity to pursue a career in classical ballet, alongside their academic education.
If you are in the mood for fine dining, head to Henrietta Street. Flat Iron is a steak house celebrated, with over 3,000 reviews on TripAdvisor and an average of 4.5 stars. The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen offers a different pallet taste, specializing in shellfish and seafood creations, often paired with fine wines. An excellent chain restaurant loved by all is The Ivy Market Grill offering a modern European twist.
The nightlife is low-key but vibrant, centring itself around many cocktail bars and a variety of exceptional theatres. To name a few, Blame Gloria’s jazzy contemporary nature is extremely popular, whilst Mr Foggs Society of Exploration throws you right back into the Victorian era. The traditional pub, The Lamb and Flag is famous for being a former haunt of Charles Dickens. For a more sophisticated evening, residents often turn to the beautiful Royal Opera House for a touch of opera, or the Lyceum theatre for vibrant musicals.
Victoria Embankment Gardens is just a short walk away, which offers beautiful gardens overlooking the River Thames. The new floral court is a courtyard offering a tranquil space in the heart of London. Yogarise offers a chance to experience the new phenomenon “hot yoga” popular with young professionals.
Covent garden is conveniently located, situated between the Strand and New Oxford Street. 30 bus routes run frequently along the perimeters of Covent Garden. The area’s only tube stop is Covent Garden, served by the Piccadilly line, linking the area to Kings Cross St Pancreas, Heathrow Airport and South Kensington. Another tube stops in close proximity, is Leicester Square, London’s shortest tube journey, clocking in at 300 yards and serving the Northern line.