"COVENT GARDEN" Covent Garden Tip by alyf1961
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Covent Garden was once run down area but now it is an area filled with entertainers, shops and café’s.
At its centre is a piazza, which was a sheltered wholesale market until 1974.
Street entertainers, dancers, human statues and buskers vie for spare change from tourists and passers by.
The original idea was by 17th century architect Inigo Jones who envisaged this area to be an elegant residential square modelled on the piazza at Livorno, northern Italy. Today the buildings around the piazza are mainly Victorian. Charles fowler designed the covered central market in 1833 for a fruit and vegetable wholesale market. It now houses shops selling designer clothes and arts and crafts.
Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E
Directions: Nearest Tubes, Covent Garden. Eastern fringes of the West End, between St. Martin's Lane and Drury Lane.
Phone: +44 20 7836 5555
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