Covent Garden is steeped in history and has housed and entertained many well known people over the years, including Samuel Pepys, Charles Dickens, Henry Fielding and William Hogarth.
Some of that fascinating history can still be enjoyed today. Why not visit 17th century St Paul’s Church (designed by Inigo Jones and located just off the Piazza) or the house and museum of former Royal Academy architect, Sir John Soane. The impressive Art Deco features of the Freemasons Hall certainly make it worth a visit or get a taste for the area via one of the many informative walking tours that are available. Then enjoy some refreshment at Rules, reputedly “the oldest restaurant in London”. Find out more about Covent Garden’s rich history here – A Brief Tour of Covent Garden.
Here at CGAT, we have a library that you could say represents many of the historic eras of Covent Garden and its development over the centuries. The library is open to anyone who wishes to use it and contains a wealth of resources for research purposes, or for those who are just curious. Visitors should call or email to book an appointment (please note that our office is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic).