A Quiet Pint Overlooking Old Covent Garden London
Ah, a chance to enjoy a quiet pint in pedestrianised Covent Garden and watch the street entertainment (without getting hassled for cash). That might pay for another bag of chilli nuts then.
It is a nice part of 'old London', it was the site of a flower, fruit and vegetable market from the 1500s until 1974. The wholesale market was then relocated to New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms (not so picturesque). While Covent Garden is the only part of London licensed for street entertainment, performers have to jump through hoops, having to undertake auditions for the Market's management and representatives of the performers' union and signing up to timetabled slots.
It was nice on a quite mild March afternoon to enjoy my pint of Fullers London Pride overlooking the main piazza. This image has been turned to monochrome then selectively coloured.
(2011 week 11)
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