An historic shopping area in the City of Westminster
Situated in the City of Westminster, Covent Garden is one of London’s liveliest shopping and entertainment districts. The entire district centres on the Royal Opera House, a highly prestigious performing arts venue. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera regularly perform here.
Whilst staying at the St Pancras Hotel Group, guests can easily transfer to Covent Garden thanks to the London Underground. Kings Cross St. Pancras station is a short stroll from the hotel, and from here it’s only a matter of taking the Piccadilly line to Covent Garden tube station.
Covent Garden has been an important settlement since Roman times, but it was not until the 1600s that its modern course was set. A well-planned plaza was laid out, and a market culture quickly sprang up around it. Covent Gardens became a place where shoppers could peruse exotic imported goods that had been ferried up the River Thames.
Today Covent Garden is a shopper’s dream, with fashionable boutiques selling clothing, accessories, gadgets, music and books. The first night market in the UK opened here in 2007 dealing in specialty food products like cheeses and sweets. With these combined shopping activities, Covent Garden remains busy long after the sun has set.
Covent Gardens has been known for its street performers since the 17th century. This London’s only officially-licensed venue that allows street entertainment, so visitors are in for a rare treat. Performers play in the South Hall and North Hall courtyards as well as on West Piazza. Performance varies from classical music to lively dance acts, with shows lasting 30 minutes. Performances run from mid-morning until 19:00.
Those based at the St Pancras Hotel Group are in an ideal position to enjoy the shopping and entertainment featured at Covent Garden. Covent Garden street is closed to automobiles, so there is little need to arrange transportation with the Underground stations so conveniently located.
For further information about Covent Garden please visit the official website below: