The area was first settled in the 7th century, although abandoned by the 9th century it was eventually walled off by Westminster Abbey in 1201 for use as arable land and orchards. The area was referred to as the “Garden of the Abbey and Convent”, and then later the “Covent Garden”. By 1654 a small fruit and vegetable market had developed. By 1974 the market had become substantial and moved to New Covent Garden Market near Nine Elms.
These days the market houses outlets for arts, crafts, fashion and a number of eateries. Whilst it can be expensive the entertainment is free. A large, interesting and not necessarily expensive market can be found at Old Spitalfields Market⇒ which has some speciality days.
A little opera (A Capella of course) with ones luncheon.
Or a string quartet.
Or perhaps a little bondage.
Maybe watch someone juggle with sharp stuff.
They do make an effort at Christmas.
- Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
- Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat
- If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do
- If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you!
🙂 It’s like this, when every new day is a gift, then every day is as joyful as Xmas.
And now 4 galleries of Christmas 2016. We hope you enjoy as many kinds of Xmas as you like and you can click on any picture to expand it.
Lights at Oxford St, Regents St, Hamleys Toy Store and Covent Garden
This is at the south east entrance to Hyde Park. Entrance to the fair is free but the rides are paid for in tokens that are purchased at kiosks. Special attractions can be booked online or paid for at the venue (but you may have to queue). More information here. Food and drink are expensive (£5 for a Hot Dog).
This is free.
Now that’s been taken taken care of, how about a game ? – So,
What have we got in our pocketses then ?
More squirrels up legs ⇐.