Covent Garden is a popular destination for Londoners and tourists alike. At its heart is the capital’s first planned square, laid out in the 17th century by Inigo Jones and recently completed by the addition of the imperious, pearly white Royal Opera House. In spite of such grandeur, there is still a local feel to the surrounding streets and lanes, especially around Neal’s Yard and Endell Street. To the south of Covent Garden is another recently developed institution, Somerset House, which contains the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery. To get the full impact of the imposing riverside setting, enter from the Embankment side.
Covent Garden Architect
Inigo Jones (1573–1652) designed Covent Garden as London’s first planned square. ...