Covent Garden : Michelin's recommendations
Originally the Convent Garden for Westminster Abbey, the land was then owned by the Earls of Bedford who decided to build on it in 1631 and entrusted the work to the Crown architect, Inigo Jones. Inspired at one and the same time by the Royal Square in Paris and the Grand Piazza in Livorno, he designed a rectangle in which the west side was taken up by St Paul's Church, the north and east sides were bordered by residential houses and the south side by the gardens of Bedford House. The atmosphere of this residential area progressively changed with the creation in 1661 of a fruit and vegetable market and especially with the foundation in 1663 of the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. Covent Garden became the main attraction for lovers of shows, taverns and clubs. Today this area hums with life. The Central market, a great hall of glass and steel, now houses under its arcades many boutiques, cafes and restaurants while around and about the talented buskers put on a show. In the nearby Jubilee Market there are flea markets, antique markets and weekly craft markets. Further afield you'll find Neal's Yard, a small green courtyard flanked by a specialist shops (mainly bio-ecological). Finally in the evening the theatre district continues to be as busy both with Londoners and with tourists for the cafes, pubs, restaurants and night clubs are convivial and festive meeting places.
- Address : Long Acre GB - London WC2WC2London
- Prices : free of charge