Tag: Covent Garden

You can be as naughty as you want but don’t get caught. A sighting of Princess Di on Monmouth Street

I came into Monmouth Street looking for a scene sketched by Geoffrey Fletcher in his book The London Dickens Knew. That’s how sad I am. I collect old…

First day back after the holidays at the ENO

As I walked down St. Martin’s Lane the doors of the English National Opera which were ajar and the sound of singers practising their scales leaked out into…

Goodwins Court

It connects St Martins Lane and Bedfordbury and is another one of those hidden courts around Covent Garden. You could walk past it without giving it the time…

The skinny alley

It’s 200 yards long and only 15 inches wide at its narrowest point. Brydges Place connects St Martin’s Lane to Chandos Place and Bedfordbury in Covent Garden. On…

On the waterfront

There are parts of London that have been ravaged beyond despair by the Luftwaffe working in tandem with post-war developers and Lower Thames Street is one of them….

Court out by po-mo

It does not feature on many of the maps of London; it’s not even on Google Maps.┬áBut if you walk away from the column at the centre of…

Maiden Lane

It’s not a long street; just over one hundred metres I would guess. Nor does it have an exceptional location. Part of the underbelly of Covent Garden, it…

Down and out in Covent Garden

The man was sitting on the base of one of the pillars of the portico of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. He was taking his time over…

Hedgehogs were the 19th century Rentokil

In the south-west corner of Covent Garden market you can still just about see the name of one of its early inhabitants. “Jas. Butler, Herbalist and Seedsman, Lavender…