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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
September 20, 2011
From journal Fun times in London Town
Belfast, United Kingdom
March 19, 2007
From journal Lively London - a Midweek Break
san antonio, Texas
October 10, 2006
From journal Surviving London
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
September 4, 2006
From journal Beyond the Bridge...the Experience that is London.
by The Breeze
April 3, 2006
From journal I Love London!
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 3, 2005
The history of the gardens date back to the Roman times, when they constructed the Lunderwich. Pop ahead 1,700 years, and what is now Covent Gardens was starting to take shape. In 1630, Earl Bedford hired architect Indigo Jones to design the piazza and square. In 1830, Charles Flower opened it to the public as a produce market. At its peak, more than 1,200 porters were working. In 1974, the market stopped selling produce and started selling gifts, collectibles, and curios and fine goods. A tradition still continued today. There are over 100 shops in the gardens. Kings, slaves, and the working class have walked the paths of Covent Gardens. It has also been home to brothels and places of murder. Three hundred years ago, a skeleton was discovered shackled and headless!
Today, you will find shops such as Marks and Spencer’s, Borders Books, Boots the Chemist (drug store), Victoria’s Secret, The Body Shop, and the Freud shop! But it doesn’t house physiatrists, just designer house wares. They have a wonderful rubber-stamp shop. I loved this place. They have a huge selection. They have a great travel section perfect for your London scrapbook pages when you return home. They also had a terrific candle shop with thousands of candles of all sizes all over the place. I purchased an incredible tea-light candle chandelier for a mere £7.5, and several other candles were very reasonable priced.
We were there over Thanksgiving, and it was already decorated for Christmas. It was absolutely beautiful. It was also very crowded. In the warmer months, you can find street performers in the front plaza. Now, if you are walking through Covent Gardens and get a sense of deja vu, you’re not having some kind of flashback from a former life. Convent Gardens served as Diagon Alley in the very successful Harry Potter movies, which stars Daniel Radcliff, and in my opinion, the very sexy Jason Isaacs as Malfoy’s dad (sorry, just had to throw that in there). The book mentions the silver griffins at the entrance several places in JK Rowlin’s books.
Convent Gardens is a great place to check out English history and splurge on some designer duds at the same time. You can check their website to see what is going on while you’re in town. Their website is . The store hours vary and, of course, restaurants, pubs, and clubs are open later.
From journal Historic London
April 7, 2004
Another place to go see in Covent Garden is the Transportation Museum. It chronicles the evolution of mass transit within London. There have been attempts to tunnel under the Thames and to go over the Thames for centuries and that also is documented at this museum. One can walk around and sit inside the old horse pulled trolleys. There is much to see and experience, so I truly recommend this.
From journal Honeymoon to Merry Ol' London
Essex, England, United Kingdom
June 28, 2012
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE I'M A LONDONER,
VISIT THE CITY of LONDON,
IN THE HEART OF LONDON
September 1, 2011
From journal Big Ben, Parliament,the old gardens of the Convent of Westminster
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
November 30, 2010
From journal Going To London