Fun Facts to Remember when Visiting Covent Garden in London
Central London is full of interesting places to visit with its rich history and culture. Although Oxford Street holds the crown as the best shopping district, Covent Garden exudes its own eccentric and dynamic appeal. Its name was born out of a spelling mistake — originally Convent Garden, as it was indeed a market garden of Westminster Abbey convent.
When tourists mention ‘Covent Garden’, they refer to the covered market in the center of the Covent Garden Piazza. However, it is interesting to note that Covent Garden is really an entire neighborhood in London, not just a market, which sells clothing, food, antique pieces and souvenir items.
Visitors who are keen on history and theatre are suggested to visit the London Film Museum and London Transport Museum, while there are also four known theatres to choose from — Fortune Theatre, Duchess Theatre, Aldwych Theatre and Adelphi Theatre. Do you know that Covent Garden is the only London district to require street and entertainer to have a license? Talk about taking their performance seriously.
Inspired by European piazzas, the Covent Garden Piazza became an important design influence in Britain. Covent Garden has been featured in many films and literary works and performances. Most notable is the musical adaptation of My Fair Lady where the main character, Eliza Doolittle, sells flowers at Covent Garden. The area has also been used for other films such as Frenzy, a 1972 film by Alfred Hitchcock.
Dining and accommodation for Covent Garden visitors should not be a worry as the location offers a diverse offering of food, lodging choices and many hotels in covent garden london. Try Augustus Harris for its sophisticated ambience, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon for the classic, opulent French dishes, the Opera Tavern for Spanish-Italian style tapas, or the restaurant at Rules, which opened 200 years ago and serves terrific British dishes.
For some casual yet hearty and traditional British food and ales, head over to the Punch & Judy Pub at The Market, Covent Garden. The pub is named after the most popular puppet duo, Punch & Judy, who also made their first recorded performance at the Covent Garden.
For safe and comfortable accommodations, Covent Garden hotels are scattered all over the area. Covent Garden hotels, inns and lodges are available to suit your preferences and budget. Reserve a room at Regency House Hotel London to have the easiest access to the best restaurants and entertainment spots in Covent Garden.
It is located at 71 Gower Street, a stone’s throw away from Covent Garden. It also offers the best value accommodation plus other services, such as housekeeping, transportation and concierge.