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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
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
December 7, 2011
From journal If London has a centre, it's (kind of) here
Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
September 20, 2011
From journal Fun times in London Town
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
New Delhi, India
August 13, 2006
Initially a fruit and vegetable market, Covent Garden diversified into gambling and prostitution by the early 1800’s--a magistrate dubbed it the `Great Square of Venus’--and although it did revert to being a market, it acquired its present blend of restaurants, stalls and boutiques only in 1980.
Tarun’s very fond of Covent Garden--he loves watching the performers--so we decided to go spend some time at the marketplace. We arrived about 5, on a hot summer day. Our first glimpse was of some of the many street performers who show off their skills here. On our right, a man dressed in the red and black uniform of a guard, with a bulbous false red nose protruding from below his tall black hat, delivered the punchline in a one-man comedy act. On the left, a man stood stock-still next to a bicycle, which, like the man and his clothes, was painted gold. A few steps further on, a muscular man, his head shaved, stood clad only in a decorative loincloth-type costume--this time, all in silver. Another performer dexterously (and seemingly effortlessly) juggled with four white balls, while a young magician entertained a huge crowd with the help of a pack of cards, a small table, and a cute toddler called Lucas, all wide-eyed and blond, drawn from the crowd.
We wandered around for a while, admiring the dresses in the shop windows; trying to see if we could afford a show at one of the theatres, and then checking out the stalls at Jubilee Market and Apple Market. Many of the stall owners here were shutting shop, but some were still around, selling prints, inexpensive jewellery and souvenirs. A quartet was playing a piece of exquisite music, Mozart, I think, and the courtyard around them was crammed with people, listening in appreciative silence.
Sitting out under the garden umbrellas, we ate a lunch of delicious Caesar salad, along with a fruity drink spiked with vodka. The ubiquitous pigeons flapped about hopefully near our table, but disappeared after a while in search of more generous patrons. Our meal finished, we treated ourselves to frozen yoghurt desserts (I had a lovely mixed berry one) at the Covent Garden Yoghurt and Fruit juice Bar. Then, after a final stroll around Covent Garden, it was time to move on.
Covent Garden’s one of those rare and delightful places that offer nearly everything: theatre, opera, street performances, chic shops, affordable souvenir stalls, fancy restaurants like Chez Gerard and Ivy, and plenty of less-expensive cafés. London must-do? Definitely!
From journal London Revisited: Something Old, Something New
October 20, 2001
My all time favorite shop is Culpeper. It is an herbalist shop with a wonderful variety of all natural lotions, soaps, mustard baths, potpourri and sachets, wonderful spice mixes. This is a great place to pick up a small easy-to-carry gift. I brought back some seasoning packages one for apple pies and one for chicken curry. I got myself a mustard bath and some steak and beef seasoning. The combinations are unique to England. It is located at 8 The Market. They do have an online site so if you find something you can't live without you can order from home.
My other favorite shop is Reject China. The shop has just undergone a very successful renovation that has made the shop much easier to visit. They have opened up the second floor and now you can shop without the fear of breaking something. This is the place to find the best prices in London on Wedgewood, Portmeirion, Royal Doulton and more. I always find some small items that I want here and this time was no exception. I purchased a very pretty Christmas trivet from Portmeirion and also a salt and pepper set as well as a couple of small pieces from the Blue Room Collection. They also sell small porcelain boxes, clocks and Lilliputs. Some items are seconds but they are plainly marked. This shop is at 26 the Market.
There are branches of Monsoon and Body Shop in the Market. Also several book stores, a tea store, a tobacco shop and lots of restaurants including Ponti's. I love getting a jacket potato and sitting in the center court eating it while people watching.
There is always activity here. All sorts of artists are performing, sometimes rock, sometimes jazz, and on our last visit, a marvelous soprano in the style of Sarah Brightman and a string quartet. They do come around soliciting donations but you are free to donate or not. There are magicians, clowns, stilt walkers and puppeteers. It is an amusing place just to walk around.
There is also a Market called the Jubilee Hall Market. On Monday they have antique dealers, Tuesday-Friday is general merchandise and weekends are arts and crafts. For all you stampers out there there is a booth that sells wood and metal stamps. I bought a few and they are wonderful. The image is clearer and crisper.
Just be vigilant at Covent Garden. This is a haven for pickpockets. Act as you would in any large city, don't flash your cash and keep your wallet where it is not easily picked and then just enjoy yourself.
The shops are open Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm/Sun, 10am-6pm.
From journal London- Its a Love Affair
Belfast, United Kingdom
March 19, 2007
From journal Lively London - a Midweek Break
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
September 4, 2006
From journal Beyond the Bridge...the Experience that is London.
London, United Kingdom
September 23, 2005
From journal Beyond the Tourist Traps in London