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The name of this London district is derived from the convent garden that surrounded the Abbey that once stood in the area. Until 1974 Covent Garden's chief fame was its fresh fruit and vegetable market.Today Covent Garden is famous for its shopping facilities and many theatres, some of which date back hundreds of years. Covent Garden although popular by day comes alive during the evening. With the many restaurants and bars surrounding the glowing piazza providing a welcome service to those who have come along to enjoy a show at one of the many theatres or perhaps an opera at the famous Covent Garden Royal Opera House.
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Covent Garden Landmarks and Attractions
National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin's Place, London, WC2, England
Tel: +44 171 304 4000
Founded in 1856 to house a pictorial library of Britain's most celebrated men and women, the National Portrait Gallery is now the largest collection of its kind. From athletes to monarchs, all of Britain's most famous achievers are celebrated. The National Portrait Gallery is situated just around the corner from the National Gallery.
Mon - Sat: 10am - 6pm
Sun: 12pm - 6pm
Free, except for special exhibitions.
The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8R, England
Tel: +44 207 379 0666 Fax: +44 207 497 9060
The Covent Garden Piazza is without doubt one of the best locations for a restaurant in the whole of London. Serving the finest French cuisine and wines Chez Gérard is the perfect place to round off an evening in theatreland.
Covent Garden, Leicester Square