Covent Garden, London
Royal Opera HouseThe Covent Garden quarter, only a 15-minute walk from Piccadilly, is a remarkable concentration of delicatessen shops, fashion boutiques, craft stalls and specialized shops of all kinds. A new chapter has begun in the 300 years history of the former flower and vegetable market on Covent Garden. After the removal of the market to a more convenient site in 1974 a violent dispute arose between the municipal authorities, who wanted to pull down the old market, and the local people who were concerned to preserve the familiar aspect of the quarter and find other uses for the old market halls and warehouses. The local people won, and, although they could not prevent plans to extend the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has come to life again. One of the old warehouses is used for storing the properties of the Royal Opera House (opened 1732). In another an interesting antiques and junk market is held every Monday. The Central Hall houses a shopping center, offering a variety of goods, open to 8 pm.
Covent Garden Royal Opera House
The Covent Garden Royal Opera House is the world-famous home to The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.It was designed by E.M. Barry, completed in 1857.
Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, England
St Paul's Church
"The handsomest barn in England" Inigo Jones called St Paul's Church, which he built in 1633. It is popularly known as the church "with the front at the back", since the portico facing Covent Garden Market square, which looks like the main front, is in fact the east end, while the main entrance is at the west end. St Paul's is also known as the "actors' church", and until the removal of the old fruit, vegetable and flower market to a new site an annual harvest thanksgiving service was held in the church.The church contains the graves of many noted Londoners of the 18th and 19th centuries, including many actors and actresses. In this respect it is surpassed only by Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. It contains many interesting monuments and memorial tablets, including those of Grinling Gibbons and the artist Sir Peter Lely, as well as a carved wreath by Grinling Gibbons above the west door (1721).
Address: Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED, England
The London Coliseum is home of the English National Opera with a first class company.The Coliseum and the English National Opera Company offer several facilities and services for people with disabilities including: headsets for hard of hearing patrons, sign language interpretation and an audio format of the printed program for blind and partially-sighted patrons."Early Start" performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and are offered with young people in mind.
Address: St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES, England
Theater Royal Drury Lane
Theatre Royal Drury Lane is recognized as the oldest operational theater in the world. A worthwhile guided tour is offered which takes in the statues, pictures, architecture, Royal Box and Auditorium.
Address: Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF, England
The London Ecology Centre hosts events throughout the year, all with environmental themes. Energy saver displays and a vegetarian cafe.
Theatre Museum, Britain's National Museum of the Performing Arts houses a collection that includes theater, ballet, dance, circus and puppetry displays.
Address: 1e Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PR, England
The London Transport Museum, housed in the hall of the former flower market in Covent Garden, exhibits historic buses, trolley buses and trams.
Address: Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB, England