London Parks & Gardens Trust
The Jubilee Walkway - Western Loop
Covent Garden Piazza
Go round or through Lincoln's Inn Fields to the corner diagonally opposite the Inn, where you leave the Fields through Remnant Street, towards the left. Cross Kingsway into Great Queen Street and cross Drury Lane into Long Acre. Turn left at Covent Garden Underground station into the pedestrianised James Street. At the end, you enter the Covent Garden Piazza.
The very first square built for people to live in was Covent Garden, completed in 1631. Commissioned by the 4th Earl of Bedford on land next to his mansion, the piazza was designed by the architect Inigo Jones, inspired by examples in France and Italy. The square had shops, a church and exclusive houses on three sides. It was paved, but featured a small tree surrounded by wooden benches at its centre.