In the very thick of central London, Holborn and Covent Garden are an irresistible pull for visitors from across the globe. Indeed, the area is rich in history, and was thriving in Roman times. It is a long-established seat of the legal profession, Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn Fields being here, and also Britain’s historic college of adult education, Gresham College.
Covent Garden took its name from the market garden of the Convent of St. Peter, which formerly supplied fruit and vegetables to much of London before it relocated to Vauxhall. Now tourists and Londoners alike flock here for shopping at the famous bustling Piazza, eclectic boutiques around Neal Street, and street entertainment. In the evenings visitors are lured by the dazzling multitude of top theatres, bars, clubs and restaurants.
Plan your journey (Transport For London Journey Planner)
Places of Interest:
Hatton Garden, EC1. London’s thriving centre for diamond and jewellery dealers and traders.
Freemasons’ Hall. The Masonic society’s lodge, open for tours. 60, Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AZ
Gresham College. Free public lectures and events. Barnard’s Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH.
Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N. Charmingly sedate street of cafes, bars and shops.
Hunterian Museum. 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE. The Royal College of Surgeons museum of pathology and anatomy.
Sir John Soane’s Museum. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. Eclectic mix of art works in the house designed and lived in by architect Sir John Soane.
Dickens House Museum. 48 Doughty Street, WC1N 2LX. Holds an extensive Dickens library and a collection of the legendary author’s personal possessions.
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry. Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AZ. One of the world’s best collections of Masonic items.
Inns of Court and City Yeomanry. 10 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn, WC2A 3TG. Museum of uniforms, weaponry and more.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A and Gray’s Inn, WC1R 5BB. The heart of London’s legal profession is here in these historic chambers and open squares.
Russell Square – Piccadilly Line
Tottenham Court Road – Northern Line, Central Line
Covent Garden – Piccadilly Line
Holborn – Piccadilly Line, Central Line
Chancery Lane – Central Line
Farringdon – Metropolitan Line, Circle Line, Hammersmith and City Line, Thameslink.
Leicester Square – Northern Line, Piccadilly Line
Last Friday of each month
at Dragon Hall
Stukeley Street, off Drury Lane, WC2
from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
1st/3rd Friday of the month
at Bedford House Community Centre,
35 Emerald Street, WC1
from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
University College London Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BU.