Music: Covent Garden

When a Londoner hears the words "Covent Garden" he thinks of 1) vegetables, 2) opera. For Great Britain's largest garden-produce market and Great Britain's Royal Opera House lie within a stone's throw of each other on the fringe of London's fashionable West End. And both institutions have the same name. Historically, the vegetables got there first, for the name Covent Garden derives from an old convent garden which occupied the site in the days of many-wived King Henry VIII. Centuries later, in 1732, one John Rich built a theatre where the Royal...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!