Covent Garden: A Guide to the Area

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Covent Garden is an iconic area of London, with its vast array of restaurants, shops, hotels and of course theatre.  However as all London estate agents know, Covent Garden also has a superb and diverse mix of residential property to offer.

Where is it?

Just South of Soho, Covent Garden is located in central London, bordered by the City of London and Leicester Square.

Did you know?

As estate agents in Covent Garden can tell you, the name Covent Garden does in fact derive from ‘convent garden’. The area provided much of London’s supply of fruit and veg in the 13th century, and it belonged to the Convent of St Peter at Westminster.

When Henry the Eighth decided to go through with the dissolution of the monasteries throughout England around 1540, the land was given to the first Earl of Bedford. In 1627 the famous architect Inigo Jones was commissioned to build grand houses around the Piazza, which were highly sought after by distinguished gentlemen of the era. As well as these buildings which still stand today, the original cobbles can still be seen on certain streets such as Floral Street. Estate agents in Covent Garden can tell you more about the history of the various buildings which have now been converted to residential use.

Getting about

The best way to get around Covent Garden is to walk – small quiet streets just off the Piazza make for easy short cuts away from the hustle and bustle.  As estate agents in Fitzrovia, we travel on foot to Covent Garden, it’s the easiest way as only residents and locals know their way through the winding streets.

Transport links are also extensive with immediate access to five different tube lines from Covent Garden, Charing Cross or Embankment, as well as regional and national rail connections from Charing Cross, Waterloo and City Thameslink.

The area is particularly convenient for those who work in the City or in the legal profession based around Holborn, as it is easily within walking distance of both districts.

Things to do

Covent Garden is renowned for its theatres and musical venues, including St Martin’s Theatre, which still shows the world’s longest-running production, The Mousetrap. There is also the stunning Royal Opera House, which has been entertaining people for over 200 years, and is also home to the Royal Ballet Company.

Somerset House, a hub of creativity and art is a short walk away and hosts a huge number of events and workshops – in the summer months look out for concerts and over Christmas book in to the famous ice rink.

Spend some time window shopping – whilst Covent Garden is home to some big brands, if you leave the main streets you’ll find a vast selection of unique and independent boutiques such as Christys’ Hat Shop which has been open since 1773.

Hungry?

Newly refurbished, The Ivy is iconic and for those of you wanting to splash out, it’s a must.  For a quicker bit to eat, drop in to Pix where food is served buffet style for you to pick and choose at your own pace.  For a romantic evening, Clos Maggiore is the perfect place to spend the night sampling exquisite French cuisine.

Meet up hotspot

Dirty Martini is the place to be after dark – cocktail lovers can while away an evening sampling a host of different drinks created by the expert mixologists.   Alternatively try the Corinthia Hotel to meet up with friends in the luxury of this beautiful building.

Property – what’s on offer?

Covent Garden has a diverse mix of residential property to offer residents.  As all estate agents in Covent Garden will know, buildings range from modern ex-housing association flats with quirky gardens such as Stedham Chambers, to luxurious apartments on the highly desirable Floral Street where buildings date back to the 1600s.

With such a variety and expansive property portfolio, Covent Garden accommodates families and young professionals alike.  Schools on offer include the St Clement Danes Primary School on Drury Lane and The Royal Ballet School on Floral Street.    Professionals benefit from the huge number of businesses within easy commuting distance, and the array of restaurants to take clients and colleagues.

For more information about properties in Covent Garden, please contact Emma or Sarah-Jane at Davis Brown Estate Agents on 0207 637 1066.

 

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