Visit Covent Garden in London, UK ► If you’ve ever visited London, then you most likely have stumbled upon Covent Garden. Nice place with loads of people. But do you think of Covent Garden as merely a simple square with a lot of shops? I’ve put that mystery to bed, thanks to my guest on this episode. Her name is Hazel and she’s a tour guide in London. Join us in this episode where we learn some history about the area, plus some very cool places to eat at. I really hope you enjoy finding out new things about London in this podcast about Covent Garden, our 22nd episode in the Curious Pavel Podcast Sessions.
Fan of listening? Here’s the whole podcast episode:
Mentions in the Podcast:
- Covent Garden
- Mariage Frères
- Clos Maggiore
- Santa Nata
- Mr. Foggs
- Hotel Chocolate
- Seven Dials & Market
- Fleet Street
- The George Pub
- Old Bank of England
- Royal Courts of Justice
- Temple Church
If you prefer your radio with pictures, this podcast about Covent Garden is also on YouTube:
Hazel Baker is an award-winning London tour guide. She loves walking, history, good food, and drink. Hazel provides guided walks and private tours and loves to share a combination of London’s history and life right now. She is the podcast host to ‘London History’ and runs Things to Do in London for Londoners Facebook group.
Bonus Facts about London for the Super Curious 🦉
Hazel was talking about the oldest pub and the oldest restaurant in London, which got me thinking about other things you can see in London which are examples of the oldest of their kind. Read on:
- The White Tower (part of the Tower of London): built by William the Conqueror in the 1080s, this is the oldest intact building in London. (If you’re curious to find out more about the Tower of London, check out my Curious History Tour on YouTube!)
- 41 Cloth Fair, built between 1597 and 1614, is the only house in the City of London to survive until this day from before the Great Fire of 1666.
- Pyx Chapel. In the crypt of Westminster Abbey, is the oldest surviving part of this magnificent Abbey. Built around 1066 by King Edward the Confessor (whose shrine can be seen in the main Abbey), when he decided to rebuild the previous building on the site.
- Roman Wall. Even older though, are the remains of the Roman Wall, built to protect the Roman city of Londinium sometime between 190 and 225 CE. Although most of the wall no longer exists, there are still places in the City of London where what remains can be seen and even touched. Although not exactly a building, this must be considered as London’s oldest (barely) surviving structure. One of the best places to see the London Wall is on Tower Hill, outside the underground station of the same name. Fortunately, my curious friends, you don’t have to travel to London to see this, because yours truly has made a short video about the London Wall on YouTube.
I really hope you enjoyed uncovering the hidden secrets of Covent Garden. Did it make you look at this simple square with more curious eyes? 👀 Thank you so much for taking the time and reading till here. Please give me a few more seconds and say HI. Your comments are my oxygen!