Covent Garden is a district in London, where you can enjoy a lot of shopping, theatre, bars, restaurants, hotels, and culture. Covent Garden is the only place in London where street artists are allowed to act, including a variety of entertainers, musicians and performers. But what are the main things you shouldn't miss?
The Royal Opera House, often referred to as simply Covent Garden, is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. And even if you are not very interested in opera and ballet, you will appreciate the architecture of the building.
The center of Covent Garden is piazza, a square built along the lines of the Italian ones, with market in the center. They took place here from the 15th century until 1974, but as the traffic situation became unbearable due to the supply of the market, it moved to the New Covent Garden Market, about 5 km away. In the past, various exotic ingredients, food and flowers were sold here, but today you can get here mostly souvenirs, cosmetics, jewellery and clothes.
Somerset House is an arts centre, offering a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture, it is also a home to a large community of creative businesses, artists and makers. Somerset House was used as a filming location in (not only) several Sherlock Holmes films. In winter, the central courtyard is used as a natural skating rink.
London Transport Museum exhibits many examples of buses, trams, trolleybuses and rail vehicles from the 19th and 20th centuries, including the first underground electric train, from 1890.
In the center of the square is a picturesque park, surrounded by statues of important figures such as William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, William Hogarth, Charlie Chaplin and others. Also distances to countries forming the original British Empire are marked on the ground. The square is surrounded by a number of cinemas, where most British film premieres take place. The cinemas has the largest auditorium capacity for more than 2000 spectators. Around, there are also plenty of restaurants and bars.
Trafalgar Square is a site for celebrations, protests, events, and art. In the center of the square, commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar, stands Nelson's Column, surrounded by fountains and four huge bronze lions. There is also The National Gallery and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. The Gallery is a tax-free charity and entry to the main collection is free. One of the most visited art museums in the world contains some world famous works like Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh, The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci and many more. St Martin-in-the-Fields is one of the most famous churches in London. It is known for its open door policy. The church is open to the public throughout the day and night. It is also known for its work for homeless people and occasional concerts. The church crypt houses the popular Café in the Crypt. Several famous personalities are buried in the church, including naturalist Robert Boyle, actress Nell Gwynne, French sculptor Roubiliac, famous English thief and robber Jack Sheppard and others.
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