Sunday, 4 March 2012
Covent Garden Market - London
Covent Garden is one of London's most popular venues for shopping and dining. It is fashionable, yet casual and located centrally with easy easy train and underground access. It opened in 1654 when market traders set up stalls against the garden wall of the Bedford House. In 1670 the Earl of Bedford opened a fruit and vegetable market. In 1830 a neo-classical market building was commissioned in the heart of Covent Garden. In 1904 the Jubilee Market for foreign flowers was opened.
In 1974 the market relocated to its new site, New Covent Garden Market, about three miles (5 km) south-west at Nine Elms. The central building re-opened as a shopping centre in 1980, with cafes, pubs, small shops and a craft market called the Apple MarketAnother market, the Jubilee Market, is held in the Jubilee Hall on the south side of the square.