Staying In Covent Garden? Don't Miss These Top 5 Landmarks
Posted on November 27, 2015 by James
If you've planned a trip to Covent Garden in the near future then make sure you add the following landmarks to your Must See list...
1. Covent Garden Market
The Covent Garden market building is simply a must see if you are staying in the area. The 19
th century huge neo-classical building is stunning and came into being in order to help clean up the market area, which had fallen into disrepute throughout the 18th century. Now referred to as the ‘piazza’, the building is a sight to behold and still homes a variety of market stalls, shops and eateries.
2. Seven Dials
The Seven Dials monument and surrounding area should not be missed out on during your stay in the area. The Seven Dials area itself is a junction where seven roads converge and was laid out originally in the 1690s by Thomas Neale, MP, along with the centre monument or ‘Sundial Pillar’. The Pillar is a wonderful landmark, representing each of the seven roads, having been topped with six sundial faces, with the column itself representing the seventh.
3. St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church)
St. Paul’s Church was commissioned in 1631 by Inigo Jones for
the 4th Earl of Bedford. Described in architectural circles as being of the Vitruvian Tuscan Order, this church is a really fine building to look upon. Also known as the Actors’ Church because of its longstanding connections with the theatre community, the Church also has its very own theatre company, Iris Theatre, so you might want to look into whether you can catch a performance whilst you’re in town!
4. Freemasons’ Hall
This great hall, built between 1927–1932, is situated between
Holborn and Covent Garden and was designed to be a memorial to the Freemasons who did not return from the First World War. A Masonic meeting place since the 1770s, and now open to the public, the Hall has long been touted as one of England’s greatest Art Deco buildings and should not be missed as you stroll through the surrounding areas of Covent Garden.
5. St Martin-in-the-Fields
Anglican church, St Martin-in-the-Fields was constructed between 1722-1726 by James Gibbs. Situated just a short stroll from Covent Garden, at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square, the church is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours. A sight to behold, this neoclassical church is stunning to look at, however, you don’t have to stop at just looking. The church also hosts live classical music events, so be sure to check if there are any concerts on during your stay in the area, for you’ll be sure to appreciate the wonderfully rich acoustic!