Any historic city has a wealth of things to see, but surely
few can rival London and in particular in and around Covent Garden.
Within our square mile we have...
Covent Garden has long been associated with the market trade.
For some 300 years the area has hosted traders of all sorts of
wares, perhaps most famously...
Jubilee Market Hall
Whatever day of the week you decide to visit Jubilee Market
Hall you’ll be amazed at the variety of goods on sale and
the friendly vitality of the atmosphere...
Famous Covent Garden Traders
Covent Garden is renowned for market trade, market gardeners,
and the historic market buildings. But the history of trade...
Much of the beauty of Covent Garden is thanks to its unique
architecture. Some of Covent Garden’s stunning buildings
are elegantly classic, others daringly modern..
Literary Covent Garden
Covent Garden’s contribution to literature is exciting
and extensive. Over the last four hundred years the foremost literati
of the time have convened around the taverns,...
Ladies & flower girls
The classic Covent Garden tale of rags to riches has a contemporary
resonance, though a modern-day Eliza in the Piazza... come and
What links Mozart, Burke and Kipling? Or a Chinese Supermarket
in Soho with Covent Garden pubs and a monumental Grand Temple?
Coliseum and Company
The first part feature brings on the past, present and future
of the London Coliseum, with a unique insight into the English
The concluding part brings more insights into the workings
of a world famous opera company, and its unseen stars, with an
update on the Coliseum’s historic restoration...
King’s College, Then and Now
Kings College stands as sentinel on the Strand and has done
for 175 years. In 1829 when the College was founded,... [more]
Snapshots of the Strand
Let’s all go down the Strand (have a banana), I’ll
be the leader you can march behind. Once a high-class residential
street with riverside properties,... [more...]
Royal Courts of Justice
The first time you step inside the Royal Courts of Justice
at the far east of Covent Garden on the cusp between Fleet Street
The Mighty Thames Then and Now
Old Father Thames is the single reason for the foundation
of London as a city, providing early settlers with water for drinking
Running south of the Market, Maiden Lane has not always been
the workmanlike thoroughfare it is today, for 200 years it was
a murky cul-de-sac,... [more...]
Covent Garden has had happy links with France for many centuries,
going right back to 1066 and all that. When the Normans invaded
the shores of Albion in... [more...]
Boxing Clever Then and Now
Sir William Cubitt’s is a name largely lost to history,
although a hidden space North of Covent Garden Market bears his
Keeley Street Then and Now
Keeley Street is an unassuming thoroughfare on the fringes
of the legal hinterland of Lincoln’s Inn and the consumer
hub of Covent Garden. Like many streets in the area, Keeley Street
is named in honour of... [more...]
Russell Street Then and Now
An important street in the history of Covent Garden, Russell
Street has seen the comings and goings of many illustrious and
less savoury characters in its 350+ year history... [more...]
25 years of Covent Garden Market in its current form.
It is strange to think that for much of the 1970s there was
no actual Covent Garden Market...
Covent Garden’s History 43-1632
Covent Garden Piazza 1633-1976
Six Statues to celebrate 25 years of Covent
The Way We Were: Photographs by Nigel
In 1749 Covent Garden blazed a trail in modern policing technique...
Martin-In-The-Fields a centre of prayer, a centre of care
outreach has been one of the tenets of St Martin’s since
at least 1525 and probably long before; the church continues to
offer an invaluable service to the homeless community offering
food and shelter to 250 homeless people every weekday… [
Street Then & Now
When Bedford House was demolished in 1706 it was decided that
Southampton Street would be built to occupy some of London’s
most eminent persons. One day 250 years ago a lynch mob descended
on 27 Southampton Street, then the residence of the famed actor
and impresario David Garrick… [more]
Street Then & Now
Before its construction in 1845/6 the area where Endell Street
now stands was a ghastly sprawl of slum tenement rooms which were
home to the festering reaches of the fœtid underbelly of early
Queen Street Then & Now
Long before Covent Garden Piazza was constructed there existed
a royal thoroughfare along the present route of Great Queen Street.
Offering convenient access between the city and the Royal borough... [more]
Battle of Trafalgar
On 21 October 1805 a naval battle took place between the Royal
Navy led by Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and the allied French
and Spanish under the command of Napoleon... [more]
With a splendid 161 foot Baroque steeple, St Giles-in-the-Fields
parish church is a fine landmark to the North of Covent Garden,
although somewhat dwarfed by Centrepoint... [more]
Fifteen centuries before a single brick was laid for the foundations
of London, a colossal granite obelisk was hoisted in Egypt to
commemorate the life and reign of a proud pharaoh... [more]
Pronounced by members of the aristocracy as “Pell Mell”,
the street was laid out in 1661 when the horses and carts had
become troublesome, interfering with the game of pall mall...
Long before Covent Garden became the pancultural destination it
is today, there was a humble track running through the farmsteads
of London connecting the Roman City of Londinium to Westminster
whereupon bucolic farmers would lead their livestock through a
Sandwiched between the Strand and Embankment Gardens is a
curiously placid district of Central London. Home to the Savoy
complex, the Adelphi and numerous unassuming business concerns...
Holeburnstreete was first recorded in literature in 1249 as
an important trade route whereupon the luxuries of the day would
be ferried by wealthy merchants to their wealthier customers in
Beneath our feet there are centuries of history, if you had
an industrial metal detector and licence to drill you could find
treasures from earlier civilisations as well as the skeletons
of our ancestors...[more]
Originally King William Street was part of the construction
proposals to gentrify the slum which occupied the Western Strand.
Before the triangular streetscape you see today, the area was
a squirrelly complex... [more]
People who are familiar with the streetscape of Covent Garden will already know that Floral Street runs parallel to Long Acre just to the South but how often do we ever drink of its charms...? [more]
The origins of this street go back to the 1300s and beyond, although it remained largely rural until the late 17th century when the growth of London necessitated sprawl. Known as a thoroughfare since... [more]
A scion of Kingsway, you might be forgiven for thinking that Gate Street is as modern as the Kingsway development of 1905. You’d be very wrong; Gate Street can trace its history back to... [more]
Kingsway marks the Eastern reach of Covent Garden and before it was constructed, traffic had had to use the narrow thoroughfares of Drury Lane or Chancery Lane. Indeed before Kingsway came to be, the area had some of London’s most fœtid slums... [more]
Compton Street, Old & New
Retrospectively named after Henry Compton, the erstwhile Bishop of London who performed the coronation ceremony of William and Mary, Old and New Compton Street share little similarity but their names... [more]
Cecil Court, Old & New
One of the older thoroughfares in Covent Garden, Cecil Court can date itself back to the end of the 17th century and earlier maps clearly identify a hedgerow running down the street’s course... [more]
Shaftesbury Avenue, Old & New.
Constructed to improve accessibility in Central London in the 1880s, Shaftesbury Avenue might be a new kid on the block of London’s streetscape but it still has a strange and marvellous tale to tell... [more]