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    Floral Street Now

    Nowadays Floral Street is home to iconic fashion brands such as Paul Smith, Mulberry, United Nude and Ted Baker to name just a few. The street also boasts one-of-a-kind store celebrating Belgium’s most famous sleuth, no not Hercule Poroit, Tintin and his canine companion Snowy. The charming Carriage Hall mentioned on the previous page is now home to the busy office of Covent Garden landlords...

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    Floral Street Then

    Originally called Hart(e) Street, Covent Garden’s fashionable Floral Street has witnessed much change since it was first laid out in 1637. From scoundrels to scandal and from brothels to beaux, this road has a strange and marvellous story to tell…

    The original name Hart Street refers to a notorious tavern which used to stand here but has long since been forgotten, however, pubs have...

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    King Street Now

    Strolling down King Street, one of the first places to catch our eye is Clos Maggiore, recently crowned London’s most romantic restaurant. The tables which earned them this coveted prize are in the stunning conservatory with its canopy of fairy-lit cherry blossom trees and large log fireplace...

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    King Street Then

    When the original Piazza was being designed, the best names were earmarked for the more important streets (James, Henrietta, Russell). As the grandest of them all, King Street has a suitably obsequious name to commemorate Charles I, the Monarch who authorised construction of the Covent Garden estate. 

    King Street has always been a noble enclave in working-class Covent Garden, as John...

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    New Row - Then

    One may be forgiven for assuming that New Row is a relatively modern thoroughfare of Covent Garden but the reality is quite different. It was originally planned to replace Castle Alley and Sunne Alley and was first opened to the public in 1644 thus predating the Great Fire of London by 22 years and the United States Declaration of Independence by fully 132...

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    New Row - Now

    Strolling down New Row today you will find plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat, some quirky specialist shops as well as a fashionable art gallery.

    Rock n’ roll is alive and well in Castle Fine Art. Legendary guitarist Ronnie Wood has...

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    Maiden Lane ... Now

    Taking a wander down Maiden Lane today we find a huge variety of restaurants and bars along this narrow street, but also a church and cultural institution.

    Covent Garden’s Catholic Church, Corpus Christi, recently unveiled the first stage of their...

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    Maiden Lane Then...

    According to Isaac Disraeli, the street is so called because it had a statue of the Virgin Mary to the Eastern end. Although such apocrypha may be charming, Disraeli’s assertion can’t be accurate because the name predates him by more than 150 years. It seems almost invidious to reveal that the word Maiden here is a gentrification of the middle English...

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