London’s oldest classical square is the stunning centrepiece of a renowned cosmopolitan neighbourhood that is a model of urban charm and civic renewal
Covent Garden is where classical London was born. Its famous piazza was the first classical square ever laid out in England and it thereby created an urban prototype that was to become synonymous with the capital’s urban identity. Designed by the architect who was the forefather of English classicism, the square also embraced both the proletariat and aristocratic forces that have helped forge modern London by once controversially placing a market opposite its opera house. Such social juxtaposition still resonates throughout the area today with monumental public buildings and spaces surrounded by a charming collection of historic pubs, theatres, and alleyways as well as new and old housing. These characteristics bestow a strong sense of residential intimacy and enclosure onto a bustling neighbourhood and offer a memorable contrast to the electrifying spirit of public performance and cosmopolitan energy for which Covent Garden is justly famous.
Royal Opera House
WALK START LOCATION: Holborn tube station (Kingsway Entrance) / Map
WALK ENDS: St. Martin's Lane