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Now a shopping destination and a magnet for tourists, the district of Covent Garden on the Eastern fringes of the West End is known for its former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, which has now been converted into a shopping area including fashion, crafts, gifts, technology, jewellery and toys as well as eateries.

The nearby New Covent Garden Market houses both a fruit and vegetable market and a flower market, which have separate entrances and can both be accessed via Nine Elms Lane. Featuring over 300 businesses, the market supplies over 40% of fresh fruit and vegetables eaten outside of the home in London, and is used by 75% of London’s florists.

The area is also known for the Royal Opera House, often referred to simply as Covent Garden, and housing The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The first ballet took place in 1734 and the current building is the third on the site following fires in 1808 and 1856.