Covent Garden is one of London’s most vibrant districts, with shopping, theatres, street entertainment and over 1000 places to eat or drink. Covent Garden Piazza is located in the geographical centre of the area and was the site of a flower, fruit and vegetable market from the 1500s until 1974, when the wholesale market relocated to New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms. Covent Garden also contains an entrance to the Royal Opera House, which is home to The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet. It claims to be the most modern theatre facility in Europe. Shops in the area offer vintage clothing, unique hand-made accessories and souvenirs, as well as other high-street brand names. Visitors can also enjoy live open opera while sitting down having a meal in the main square.
Rivaling London’s traditional financial centre, The Square Mile, Canary Wharf contains the UK’s three tallest buildings: One Canada Square (commonly known as the Canary Wharf Tower); 8 Canada Square, and the Citigroup Centre. Canary Wharf tenants include major banks, such as Barclays, Credit Suisse, HSBC and Citigroup, law firms such as Clifford Chance, as well as news media and service firms, including Thomson Reuters, and Trinity Mirror. The area is also famous for its local shops and restaurants, as well as other forms of entertainment including galleries, cinemas and ice rinks.
To get a feeling of the vibrant, dynamic and diversified London, visitors should visit its street markets. Many of these specialise in a particular type of goods or sell different things on different days and most open very early in the morning and close early or late afternoon. Goods offered vary from foods to antiques, vintage clothes, designed posters, unique accessories and other arts and crafts. Street performances frequently occur, as well as various delicious street foods to be enjoyed while exploring this fascinating aspect of London’s culture. Popular street markets are: Borough Market, Camden Market, Brick Lane Market, Portobello Road Market, Greenwich Market and Covent Garden Market.