Welcome to our combined September and October edition of In and Around Covent Garden featuring what’s going on, restaurant reviews and news. We are also celebrating our 25th birthday in October and have taken a look back at some of the milestones during our 25 years in Covent Garden.
Taking a little trip down memory lane this is what the first issue of In and Around Covent Garden looked like and editorial included the closure of Bow Street Police Station and Magistrates Court after being in residence since 1881. Did you know that Bow Street station was the only station not to have the traditional and familiar blue light outside? The blue light offended Queen Victoria as she left the Royal Opera House, so they were replaced with white lamps. In the 1970s a senior police officer replaced the white lamps with blue ones, this turned out to be only a temporary measure when the historical significance was pointed out. In this issue we also explored the history of picture framers N. Mann & Sons established in 1849 and based on Drury Lane, although in 1849 the street was actually called Great Andrew Street. One of their worst moments was when a customer left a completed 20” x 30” jigsaw for framing, which unfortunately somebody dropped. They then spent a whole week putting it back together and moving all the furniture trying to find the very last piece! The history of the Sundial at the centre of Seven Dials was also covered and the Tercentenary Sundial Appeal was launched to fund its restoration. At the time the monument was surrounded by advertising hoardings to help raise funds. Now fully restored it stands proudly in the centre of Seven Dials.
We also ran a story about a fundraiser for the Terrance Higgins Trust, when 250 shops in the area agreed to donate a percentage of their day’s takings to the charity and customers flocked to Covent Garden to support them on the day. Celebrities were out in force too, Boy George was selling shirts in Ted Baker Screaming Lord Sutch spent time at Spitting Image and Ruby Wax served ice cream at Haagan Daaz. Hope you enjoy reading what’s happening in Covent Garden today.