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Covent Garden

Covent Garden is most famed for the magnificent, glass-rooved building that dominates its centre, and which used to be a thriving fruit and vegetable market, but has since become the London Transport Museum. These days, the area pulls in around 30million visitors and tourists every year, drawn towards its many well-known open-air cafés, restaurants, pubs and market stalls. Not to mention its highly reccomended theaters, such as The Royal Opera House, and its street performers, who work day-in-day-out in the public square, to entertain Covent Garden's visitors.

The area actually started out as a vegetable field for Westminister Abbey in the middle ages, and was known as 'The Garden of the Abbey and Convent', which was later shortened to its current name. The land was confiscated in 1540, and nearly a century later, famous architect Inigo Jones transformed the area into a luxury neighbourhood, under the command of the 4th Earl of Bedford. Inigo was very partial to Italian design, and created London's first public square, complete with piazzas and arcade buildings, and overlooked by the church of St Paul, much as we see it today.

It wasn't until 1830, when the market had grown so large it covered the entire square (mostly due to the great fire of London in 1666), that Central Market building was constructed, its glass roof panes being added later in 1875 and 1889. The Flower Market building and Jubilee building were added in 1870 and 1904 respectively.

In 1973, it was decided that the area was unsuitable for London's busy market, which subsequently moved to Nine Elms, and the area was transformed into the successful shopping and leisure centre we see today.


Hotels near Covent Garden London


Please select a hotel from the list of hotels in and near Covent Garden London. The list below displays hotels within 30 kilometers of Covent Garden London.
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King Street IV

, London , WC2E 8HN

King Street IV is 0.05 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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1A Opera House (first floor)

6 King Street , London , WC2E 8HN

1A Opera House (first floor) is 0.10 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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9.4 out of 10

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Apartment 2, Opera House (third floor)

Apartment 2 , London , WC2E 8HN

Apartment 2, Opera House (third floor) is 0.10 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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9 out of 10

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Apartment 3, Opera House (Fourth Floor)

6 King Street Apartment 3 , London , WC2E 8HN

Apartment 3, Opera House (Fourth Floor) is 0.11 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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8.3 out of 10

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Deluxe Covent Garden Suites by Sonder is 0.12 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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Thoughtful Central London Apartment

34-42 Floral Street , London , WC2E 9DG

Thoughtful Central London Apartment is 0.13 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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Covent Garden Penthouse

7 Maiden Lane , London , WC2E 7NA

Covent Garden Penthouse is 0.13 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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8 out of 10

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Apartment 1, Opera House(Second Floor)

King Street 6 , London , WC2E 8HN

Apartment 1, Opera House(Second Floor) is 0.14 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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9.3 out of 10

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The Henrietta Hotel

14 Henrietta Street , London , WC2E 8QH

The Henrietta Hotel is 0.14 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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9.3 out of 10

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Private Apartment - Leicester Square - Covent Garden is 0.14 kilometers from Covent Garden London. Room prices starting from £

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8.9 out of 10

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