The New Covent Garden
On One Aldwych’s doorstep, the historic neighborhood surrounding the hotel has been given a gorgeous makeover.
The area has seen many transformations over the last 350 years. It was agricultural land until the 17th century when a trio of gentlemen – developer the Earl of Bedford, King Charles I and architect Inigo Jones – created the first public square in the country and surrounded it with arcaded houses. By the 1760s, a fruit and vegetable market occupied much of the Piazza while nearby theatres and public houses thrived. In the 1800s and 1900s the market dominated the entire neighbourhood. It was relocated in 1973, the area was restored and in 1980 it reopened in1980 with 26 shops and six restaurants. Today the largely traffic free neighbourhood is a globally recognised address attracting millions of people and is being remarkably made over with exciting shops, independent restaurants and cultural happenings.