Covent Garden is one of London’s leading areas for shopping and entertainment, with a number of global brands having made the area their home. People come from all over London, and much further afield, to visit Covent Garden and its infamous market; while the vibrant Piazza is home to a number of popular bars and restaurants.
A part of both the Borough of Camden and the City of Westminster, and bordered by Shaftesbury Avenue to the North and the River Thames to the South, a lot has been packed into the Covent Garden area. Over the years the area has evolved from a convent’s garden outside St Paul’s Church into one of London’s most famous locations. The pedestrianized area is based around a cobbled square where you may even come across a number of live performers, street food vendors and big-name shops.
The area itself is one of the most sought after in the whole of London, and it’s easy to see why. With countless fantastic restaurants, a range of popular bars offering the latest cocktails and live music, a market and Piazza packed full of branded and independent retailers and excellent transport links.
The History of Covent Garden
Covent Garden’s name hails from the 13th century; it was a site which belonged to the Convent of St Peter at Westminster. This ‘convent garden’ became a prominent source of London’s fruit and vegetables.
In 1540, following a dispute with the Roman Catholic Church, King Henry VIII dissolved all of the country’s monastic properties and granted the land to the 1st Earl of Bedford. In 1627 the fourth Earl of Bedford commissioned architect Inigo Jones to build houses ‘fit for the habitations of Gentlemen’. Influenced by classical Italian architecture, Jones built St Paul’s churchyard, located behind the Piazza, and three sides of terraced houses which looked out onto an open courtyard.
Living in Covent Garden
Covent Garden has evolved into one of London’s most famous locations, commonly associated with entertainment and shopping. Through the curatorship of principal local landowners Capco, retailers such as Nicole Farhi, Aspinal of London, Chanel and Mulberry have all helped to make Covent Garden one of the most popular shopping districts in the capital. The recent opening of Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Apple has further enhanced this reputation.
As well as being a retail hot spot, Covent Garden is home to some of London’s greatest theatres; with over a dozen venues showing world famous productions such as The Lion King at the Lyceum and the world’s longest running play; Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at St Martin’s Theatre.
The area is popular with stage actors and actresses, ballet dancers and opera singers, all of whom enjoy the vibrant and welcoming nature of the pubs, bars and restaurants.
Around the Piazza daytime shoppers, tourists and street performers turn to numerous bars, clubs and pubs in the evening, while theatregoers head to the New York import - Balthazar and London’s oldest restaurant, Rules, on Maiden Lane.
Away from the buzz of the Piazza and surrounding shops is some of London’s most striking architecture. The famous Royal Opera House commands the scene on Bow Street, while the cobbles on Floral Street, Neal Street and Seven Dials offer period charm reminiscent of 17th century London.
Buying Property in Covent Garden
No one knows more about residential properties in Covent Garden than CBRE, having been experts in the area since 1899. It is one of London’s most famous entertainment and shopping locations with a great history of theatre that still resonates today.
If you’re looking to buy property in Covent Garden, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the mixture of entertainment and architectural beauty. This collection of residences has appealed to the rich and famous for some time, with the Piazza being one of the most sought after residential addresses in the capital.
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