The Village Feel
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Covent Garden has a small community feel to it. a few thousand people
live here and many more come in to work. In this terribly global thing
that's happening to most towns, chains and franchises come to roost for
some of the pickings. Nonetheless Covent Garden keeps the momentum from
the ancient past of a place for specialist and small traders to bring
their wares. The 3 markets here have a craft slant. Indeed you can't
get a lease at the Jubilee unless your stuff is hand crafted.
As you wander around the Covent Garden streets you will find a great
deal that indicates the tight knit community that lives and works
there. Neals Yard dairy is very villagie as is the Yard itself, despite
the violent pink sign for nail care (sorry). The franchises and chains
all want to be here and they are. It started with Tesco Metro which
proved to be a star Branch. They had adapted their store front and feel
to the area. This is more that can be said of some of the others who
wade in and dump their mogul chain looks right where some decent
architecture used to be. Luckily there are enough of the smaller
personally presented shops and boutiques to keep the place sanely down
to earth There are less of them because the rents are really high due
to exhorbitant 'rates' from the local authorities. A shop has to be
popular and profitable to stay around. (it's not even as if the LA put
the money back into the Garden....90%+ gets filtered to subsidise
places like Penge).
The place is large enough to be able to surprise you with an amazing
shop all by itself in the back streets. Small enough to be a real
village community. It helps to find your way around with a map. You can
get an up to date Scape map (edition 8) in Marks and Spencer in a coin
machine. (We will send you edition 7 free with the Scape map of London.
It hasn't changed all that much).
'A time for giving'
Covent Garden 'homeless'
Old Police Station
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Shop window in Shorts Gardens
Shop door in the Apple Market