Famous for its crafts market, small shops and cafes set in an Italian-style piazza
At the heart of the Covent Garden piazza lies the famous market, designed in 1632 by Inigo Jones and now visited by 30 million tourists each year. The large glass covered building comprises several arcades of fashionable boutiques, cafés and arts and crafts.
In the open piazza jugglers, mime artists, variety acts and musicians delight and amaze the crowds.
The Royal Opera House, just off the north piazza, was built in 1809 on the site of a theatre dating back to 1732.
A fire destroyed that building in 1857 but it was replaced within a year by the present House which, after two year's renovation, reopened in 2000 to high acclaim.
Restaurants, cafés and bars line the piazza, offering great views of this daily spectacle.