What IS it about
Covent Garden?

All the standard stuff on any of the area sites – including ours – has been said time and time over. Even the variations have become standard and familiar. (well you know how we all love familiarity).

On a blog though, you can be forgiven for originality. This blog is going to be about what's been seen and heard at mobile level.... street level.

After all it is a street site.

Covent Garden


Will Covent Garden be part of Europe? Christine Lagarde – head of the IMF and Barroso, head of Europe show how much – or was that how big?. last week she slammed Osborne’s austerity plans – bet  that’s what she says to all the boys & girl. She goes around  inspecting countries while we (not to mention Cyprus) can only guess what the EURO balance sheet looks like.   Isn’t it time we started ASKING them to show and tell? scroll  further down for more.


Convent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB

When you go there you see history from a practical point of view.

Remember to  take in the truly amazing posters of last century and experience moving parts of the famous old vehicles and mechanics.  See below Film still of buses with a Bobby taken in the 1920s. The copyright of the posters belongs to London Transport Museum where you can buy fine prints – also from their site.

We are Setting the mood of London-ness English-ness which Covent Garden symbolises in London’s central 3 Square miles. We make NO attempt to ‘brand’ the  unbrandable.The tangible buzz in the area has been felt and has drawn people there for trade and pleasure for centuries.

By the way we love only Twitter (see the little bird top right of page> click that to follow coventdash) We’re is growing from rather small to rather larger 😉 tweets are organic- we have a beating heart. I sent my first phone tweet yesterday. Nearly 100 years ago social networking looked like this crowded bustling market.

London’s famous market for finding bargains was dubbed by Claude as ‘London’s Husbands’ while London’s wives cooked the lunch. How would today’s husbands look to them? Covent Garden was the main market for fruit, flowers & Vegetables, Billingsgate for fish and Smithfield for meat. Now Covent Garden is a shopping mall – and market – not a flea in sight – with the Jubilee Market Hall maintaining the old tradition of real markets including bargains in Covent Garden.

Claude shot film footage of London.  Below is my favourite still in the days when people respected the Bobbies so much there was no need for the scourge of traffic lights on every corner as town planners put this new invention anywhere they can – now a billions pound industry.

I look forward to the day that London stops aping Dallas and has ads and lights and lines everywhere as though we were all infants still.  Some towns #Portishead are doing away with the traffic queues and congestion – How? by charging/ fining the motorists like #Boris? NO!

Portishead is finding more traffic flow and better safety. (see how it works http://thecityfix.com/blog/naked-streets-without-traffic-lights-improve-flow-and-safety/).

We don’t need all this robo-nannying – in fact it lowers human consciousness as it’s bound to do when robots impede your progress when there’s often no need…. and without these ugly posts doing your thinking for you, real human Constables roaming the streets, can put their hand to something when and if the need actually arises – win/win.

Another 1920s moving film still from Claude Friese-Greene’s first colour film shot in London. (courtesy British Film Institute).  Just imagine Covent Garden and Mayfair etc with free flowing traffic no needless fumes, pumping out from the queues. Now there’s something the Civil Service can actually DO for global warming. Re-deploy energy directed to making posts with lights on – to pottery factories in the north.


I know I know – that’s not in Covent Garden exactly but it is worth a look  for the history of London’s oldest “shopping mall” – with shops shown with the period dresss of when they were opened. King Henry VIII used to visit Beretta to buy his his weapons. Here’s the link .


The theatre pages are the most visited ad free pages in the site. Our records, for how long people stay on a single page, show that the average appears to be a minute and a half. It’s best to get there from the front page – an introduction to the site. The squares are numbered as a key to their names on the list below. Have some fun taking your mouse-over which show the theatre in a proper photo taken by night. Below a thumbnail  of the map you get when you click on the theatre curtains on the front page.


Just scroll down for the list which also has mouseovers showing the theatres. Then click on the theatre to get the scoop on the show there – all on one page also ADfree.  You can book the show from there as well and get advice about things like booking a nearby excellent restaurant. An example is the Indigo at One Aldwych – a pleasant short stroll away from many theatres.

The term ‘Theatreland was created first by Beoty’s Restaurant founder – father of Michael Frangos who recently retired a wonderful reataurant in St Martin’s Lane.


Happy to say that the banks in Britannia are more elegant and reliable than those in Europe where you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent.  Madame Lagarde of #IMF called on George Osborne last week and maybe the ‘dignitaries’ that Her Majesty The Queen has referred to as ‘toothless regulators‘.  Lagarde did a ‘Naughty Boy’ on Osborn’s austerity programme but they ALL forget that austerity is known to depress ANY country that tries this old hat squeeze. It does not work. Why do they do over and over what NeVER HAS worked!!? Are the IMF insane or has she got some billions of REAL money up her sleeve? Will the TRUTH out?.  What they do at government level is everybody’s guess. From weak to week they’re guessing too. Guess what?  ‘guesstimates‘ is what money markets do for a living and the IMF guess on a daily basis.

Madame Lagarde still thinks that money is about ‘HOW MUCH?’ – Just like they taught her in school. Barroso appears to think there’s more to it maybe?

It’s more a matter of the money is WHERE? . . .

Do any of US really know? One day, sooner than you think, the bankers will quit gambling and begin to  support the trade of substance for substance which is about VALUE. This is something everyone ON THE MAP knows all about. That’s why people from all over the world have been drawn for millennia to the most popular part of England which is the ‘crown jewels’ of tourism, history, art, music, theatre, architecture, trade, and hospitality.

Her Majesty The Queen in Buckingham Palace and Prince Charles at Clarence House, are on the map and they they are seriously into value and taste.  It’s not all about the QUANTITY of Euro-banker’ political zeros.



Einstein dies and goes to heaven only to be informed that his room is not ready. “Greetings Albert – I’m Peter. Hope you don’t mind waiting in a dormitory.  Sorry it’s the financial war going on below.  they are the very devil. You shall share the room with others – austerity you know.”

Einstein saw no problem at all and no need to make such a fuss. So Pete, muttering something about “the sins of the father shall be visited….. ” leads him to the dorm. They enter and Albert is introduced to the others.

“See, Here your first roommate has an IQ of 180!” “Why that’s wonderful!” Says Albert. “We can discuss mathematics!”

“And here is your second roommate. His IQ is 150!” “Why that’s wonderful!” Says Albert. “We can discuss physics!”

“And here is your third roommate. His IQ is 100!” “How interesting! We can discuss the latest plays at the theatre!

Just then another man moves out to shake Albert’s hand . “I’m your roommate too – Good to meet you at last my IQ’s 68.”

Albert smiles back at him and says, “So, where do you think interest rates are headed?”


Back to people alive and well and on the MAP……What’s even more important is who is in the buildings? People are and each and every one of us is going for making a living in the jungle as it stands. No time to waste in circular speculation on it. As long as banks keep their atm’s working we can jive with the monopoly paper money – sorta.

As with the whole site, this blog is about the people the map has been created to support as well as the visitors – the natives of the map.  This is their shop window. The POST on guitars (see list of posts on the right) is one shop worth going into.

This is a tiny snap of the Main Map on the site – the map is growing so much that the blog is divided into areas around the Covent Garden locale.  This is the normally accepted area designated to Covent Garden.


©Silvermaze Ltd 2009

This scale is what we call a thumbnail (can’t read the street names) so it’s linked to larger scale images on the covent-garden site. This one you can print in 2 versions – (Classic and modern) This one is for exploring online. (click on the framed map).

STOP PRESS I am inserting an ad for US (don’t add an A to that please) . I know the shopping pages are quaint – and we are going to try to put more zip in there.  Someone actually called me the other day and asked were there any maps available still?! Oh dear.  they didn’t find it because it’s called a shop not a cart.

Of course there are – and postcards and a great print of Theatreland – (please see CONTENTS).  if you want to call there’s a number 0207 993 6415.

OK Ad over – we are all making a living right?  Hope we’ve raised the ‘interest’ rate (see joke).

Apart from the large scale Ordnance Survey maps of mountains – so beautiful that you can put them up on walls – our Silvermaze Modern edition 2 is the prettiest map around – only on the Web it hasn’t been printed yet.  However we have a a small number of older maps left.  This will be their last Christmas. Great pressies actually –  printed specially for walls and if you want to get some this is the page to investigate.  We sell them online. (see STOP PRESS ad)

Some early ones of various places exist as well. We still have some left. We will be putting them up – prolly equally quaintly 🙂