A district in central London, originally the convent garden of the Abbey of Westminster. It was the site for 300 years of London’s chief fruit and vegetable market, which in 1974 was moved to Nine Elms, Battersea. The first Covent Garden Theatre was opened in 1732; since 1946 it has been the home of the national opera and ballet companies, based at the Royal Opera House (built 1888).
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