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About 1.5 miles north of Big Ben and 1.5 miles west of St. Paul's Cathedral.
Nearest Underground stations:
Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line, Leicester Square on the Piccadilly and Northern lines or Tottenham Court Road and Holborn on the Central line.
Download a printable PDF document detailing positions of the various locations shown on the Covent Garden web pages.
The Covent Garden area is bounded, roughly, by High Holborn and New Oxford Street in the north, Charing Cross Road in the west, Kingsway in the east and Strand and Aldwych in the south. It is an area liberally sprinkled with interesting and unusual shops. If you are a shopaholic then don't go there as it will only aggravate your condition. Lock up your credit cards otherwise you'll be doomed, I tell 'ee, doomed.
There are also street performers, bars, restaurants, theatres, the London Transport Museum and, of course, the Royal Opera House together with the old Covent Garden Market with its Italian style piazza.
This area was used in the past for growing produce for Westminster Abbey and was referred to as 'the garden of the abbey and convent'. The current name is a corruption of 'Convent'.
Nearest Tourist Information Centres:
City Information Centre
St. Paul's Churchyard
Tel: 0207 332 1456
Tourist Information Centre
Level 2 Information Desk
Tel: 0207 401 5266
Nearest Public Toilets:
Covent Garden Market