Covent Garden in Westminster City
Shop like there's no
tomorrow in London's Covent Garden district,
the easternmost parts of the City of
Westminster. This area surrounded by street
performers and entertainment facilities also
the Royal Opera House,
London's Transport Museum, St. Paul's church
and Seven Dials area.
Covent Garden, which traces its history back
to the 1500s, started to become a major
source of fruit
and vegetables in London
that led to its development to a market,
shopping center and tourist attraction in
the mid-1900s. Covent Garden became popular
for its novelty shops and performers
frequenting on the West and East
Piazza's/James Street. There is also a range
of clothing stores, boutiques and shoe
shops, most popular of which is Neal Street.
The street, named after Seven Dials'
designer Thomas Neale, is a major attraction
for fashion-oriented youth.
UK's first food Night Market was also
launched in Covent Garden in August 2007
that spawned 35 food stalls including
Gourmet Candy Company, Ginger Pig sausages,
Spore Boys' mushroom sandwiches
and more. The installment of
the Night Market aims to bring back Covent
Garden's title as the "Larder of London."
However, the number of street performers was
cut down to 50% in 2008 with the courtyard
space became exclusive to classical music
Aside from the famous Apple Market and
Jubilee Market, Covent Garden also has a
wide array of options for bars, pubs,
restaurants, delis and hotels.