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Clive Boursnell

History

Covent Garden may be a fashionable, up to the minute shopping destination, but the past also has a place here.

Discover Covent Garden’s rich heritage through the centuries, from orchard garden of Westminster Abbey to London’s first residential square to London’s wholesale fruit and vegetable market.

An area also synonymous with performance, from humble beginnings recorded by Samuel Pepys as the birthplace of the ‘Punch & Judy’ puppeteer show, to the home of street performance today, Covent Garden has never missed a chance to put on a performance.

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    Covent Garden may be a fashionable, up to the minute shopping destination, but the past also has a place here.

    Discover Covent Garden’s rich heritage through the centuries, from orchard garden of Westminster Abbey to London’s first residential square to London’s wholesale fruit and vegetable market.

    An area also synonymous with performance, from humble beginnings recorded by Samuel Pepys as the birthplace of the ‘Punch & Judy’ puppeteer show, to the home of street performance today, Covent Garden has never missed a chance to put on a performance.