Secret Covent Garden
ACT TWO: SECRET COVENT GARDEN
Musical Theatre aficionados know Covent Garden as the place Eliza Doolittle sold her flowers in My Fair Lady. Originally the grounds of a Benedictine convent (from where the name derives), the site has actually been a sacred site since at least 410AD. Many of the area’s streets still bear names indicating their original use and geography (for example The Strand, which name means “beach” indicating just how far the river Thames once encroached. Nowadays, the area is known for its boutique shops, street entertainers and numerous theatres and opera houses. We reveal Covent Garden’s fascinating history, rich with intrigue and scandal; the royal love affair conducted through secret underground tunnels, the rise and ruin of Oscar Wilde, a bloody theatrical murder and the warring wits of Gilbert & Sullivan…and so much more!
Schedule: From March – December, this tour runs every Wednesday and Sunday (times vary)
Duration: Approx 2 hours
Length: 2.5 miles
Children (12-15) £12
Please note: This guided walking tour is on largely flat or gently sloping streets. It is suitable for those with limited mobility although there may be some uneven surfaces and raised kerbs.