Since its humble beginnings as ‘the garden of the Abbey and Convent’ in the 13th century through to the historic opening of the fruit and vegetable market in 1830, Covent Garden has been a neighbourhood dedicated to bringing people together.
The garden may have given way to an open air fully pedestrianised Piazza but the roots of Covent Garden remain here to this day.
At Covent Garden we believe in protecting the unique character and heritage of the neighbourhood whilst making changes to ensure we are supporting the community.
Read on to learn more about the Covent Garden neighbourhood, how we are working to support the area and ways you can get involved.
Launched in time for the Global Investment Summit (19 October) and the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 (from 1 November), Great British Brands ZERO (GBB ZERO) talks to 26 luxury leaders about how they are changing their businesses to help fight climate change and save our planet.
The brands, including Bentley, Burberry, Covent Garden, Harrods, Mulberry and Selfridges, were chosen in collaboration with Walpole, the official sector body for UK Luxury. The brands, all at different stages of the journey, talk about the challenges they have overcome and continue to face. By gathering their stories in one edition, GBB ZERO hopes to inspire other brands in the luxury sector and beyond, to commit to net zero.
Have you spotted the farm in Covent Garden? That is right, Covent Garden is now home to a farm in the form of an urban farming tower courtesy of Square Mile Farms. Next time you’re walking down Floral Street see if you can spot everything we are growing!
The pop-up farm on Floral Street grows over 120 edible plants using innovative vertical, hydroponic systems. Plants include herbs, salad and leafy greens such as basil, coriander, parsley, thyme, mint, kale, rainbow chard and lettuce. Each of Square Mile Farm’s systems uses 90-95% less water than traditional agriculture, are manufactured from recycled ocean bound plastic, are 136x more productive than conventional agriculture and improve biodiversity in urban settings.
Hubbub is an award-winning charity helping to make actions that are good for the environment, second nature.
They design creative campaigns that raise awareness, nudge behaviours and shape systems. Hubbub aim to empower the public to take environmental action through playful language, good design and by tapping into things people are passionate about such as food, fashion, travel and their homes and neighbourhoods.
They recently won the Charity of the Year at The Charity Time Awards’ in 2020 for their work and they also happen to be our neighbours; their offices are just around the corner in Somerset House!→ Guest Edit: Hubbub - It's Easy Being Green→ Guest Edit: Hubbub - Forever Style
Get a slice of Covent Garden at home and learn how to create your own green oasis regardless of the space you have a home. Read through our Covent Gardening series and get inspired!→ How to Sow Seeds→ How to Take a Cutting and Propagate→ Our Head Gardener Answers Your Questions→ The Easiest Vegetables to Grow at Home→ 6 Easy Wins with Herbs→ Top Ten Flowers to Grow from Seed