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Covent Garden area guide

Since it's gentrification in the 1970's, when its old vegetable market was moved south of the river, Covent Garden has attracted a largely youthful crowd with its numerous bars and many designer boutiques selling the latest street styles. With the refurbishment and expansion of the Royal Opera House, however, an older, more culturally inclined group demanding higher standards of food and drink has had an impact. The Palladian-style piazza, designed by Inigo Jones in 1635, is the quarter's centrepiece and tourist magnet, but the small streets and alleyways that surround it have much to offer the intrepid explorer.

Russell Square Tube station is close by, as too are Euston railway station and Kings Cross St Pancras, for fast access to Europe on the Eurostar. Heathrow can be reached on the Piccadilly line while you can catch the Gatwick Express at Kings Cross and the Stansted Express at Euston.

Nearby stations

  • Covent Garden Station (0.0 miles)
  • Leicester Square Station (0.2 miles)
  • Charing Cross Station (0.3 miles)
  • Embankment Station (0.4 miles)
  • Holborn Station (0.4 miles)
  • Tottenham Court Road Station (0.4 miles)
  • Temple Station (0.5 miles)
  • Piccadilly Circus Station (0.5 miles)
  • Chancery Lane Station (0.7 miles)
  • Russell Square Station (0.7 miles)

Nearby schools

  • The Royal Ballet School (0.1 miles)
  • St Clement Danes CofE Primary School (0.2 miles)
  • City Lit (0.2 miles)
  • St Josephs Catholic Primary School (0.3 miles)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (0.3 miles)
  • Courtauld Institute of Art (0.3 miles)
  • CATS College London (0.4 miles)
  • Soho Parish CofE Primary School (0.5 miles)
  • Ecole Jeannine Manuel (0.5 miles)
  • University of the Arts London (0.5 miles)


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