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Covent Garden is known all over the world as a place that offers an abundance of experience, brought to life for millions the world over through the film My Fair Lady, the story of a Covent Garden flower-seller, Eliza Dolittle, the show also had its musical premier at the Drury Lane Theatre.
In the 13th century it was the kitchen garden for Westminster Abbey, by 1600, Covent Garden had become a bustling fruit and vegetable market serving the many aspects of London life.
The present market buildings date back to 1830 with buildings by Renaissance architect Inigo Jones and include the renowned Floral hall which is now part of the Royal Opera House. The area of Covent Garden itself is bounded by Kingsway, The Strand, Charing Cross Road and Shaftsbury Avenue, and is busy with every aspect of trade, commerce and industry.
COVENT GARDEN REBORN
Covent Garden reborn, a cosmopolitan meeting place, a vibrant mix of fashion and the arts. The area is home to many theatres, including The Royal Opera House, world famous for its opera and ballet performances.
Add to this the warren of small streets and passageways, always changing market stalls, the Actors Church, small boutiques and international fashion brands along with the artist suppliers and tradesmen, luxury restaurants, small cafés and bars and you have a vibrant meeting place in the heart of our great city.
WHY COVENT GARDEN ?
The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers is bringing the colour and magic of flowers back to Covent Garden, centre stage of our lives where they truly belong.
The area breathes creativity for artists, designers, and performers, it is a breeding ground for new ideas, and at the same time filled with ancient skills and craftspeople.
The Academy draws upon its unique placement and ensures that, like the flowers themselves, the students will flourish and put their talents to use. We know they will remember their Academy studies in this amazing part of our city.