Covent Garden Piazza

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London , England
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London’s first planned square is now the exclusive preserve of tourists who flock here to shop in the quaint old arcades, pay through the nose for refreshments at outdoor cafes and bars and watch street performers pretend to be statues.

On the square's west side is St Paul’s Church , built in 1633. When the Earl of Bedford, the man who had commissioned Inigo Jones to design the piazza, asked for the simplest church, basically no more than a barn, the architect responded by producing ‘the handsomest barn in England’. It has long been regarded as the actors’ church for its associations with all the nearby theatres, and contains memorials to the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward and Vivien Leigh. The first Punch and Judy show took place in the square in 1662.