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14 - Covent Garden - Dan's Wanders

14 – Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Despite Covent Garden being an obvious tourist trap, I still enjoy coming here to watch the crowds or make it a meeting place to meet friends as there is always something or someone to watch. The area is steeped in London’s history and mixed with a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, stores, museums and nearby theater venues.

Fast Facts

  • Covent Garden get its name because there used to be a convent/monastery located on that spot. It was dissolved with the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII and the Duke of Bedford took over the land.
  • The area receives over 44 Million Visitors a year – making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
  • The Covent Garden Piazza was originally inspired by European piazzas and was hoped would create the first of many public open squares in London. This became a huge influence on town planning throughout Britain.
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