Covent Garden is located in the heart of the West End, and is a district known for its restaurants, open air cafes and eclectic shops. You will find many street artists in Covent Garden, entertaining the passers-by in the district’s pedestrian streets.
Originally the district was known as Convent Garden: the place where the nuns had their vegetable garden. Then, following the Great Fire of London in 1666, the area of Covent Garden became London’s central market: a covered market selling mainly fruit and vegetables and eventually flowers as well. The market became increasingly large until it took over the whole area. In the 1980’s the covered market was converted into a large shopping and tourist centre.
Also worth seeing: Trafalgar Square, the famous square which commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar; the Royal Opera House, home of opera and ballet in London; Drury Lane Theatre, the oldest theatre in London; the National Gallery, which has masterpieces from Western painting from the Middle Ages to the 19th century; the National Portrait Gallery, the largest collection of well-known portraits in the UK; the London Transport Museum, devoted to the history of public transport in the capital; the Courtauld Gallery with its magnificent collection of Impressionist and Post-impressionist paintings; the Soane Museum, devoted to neo-classical architecture.