History of Covent Garden

International House London Language School is based in Covent Garden, an area rich in history and culture. Here are images of how the area has changed over the years.
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Covent Garden market worker in the 1960s

Clive Boursnell's photos of Old Covent Garden capture everyday moments in the vanished fruit, vegetable and flower markets.

Looking from the top of James Street by Long Acre and the Tube station towards the Central Market

Clive Boursnell's photos of Old Covent Garden capture everyday moments in the vanished fruit, vegetable and flower markets.

The corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street, N.B. Blow Ltd, Old Covent Garden Market

Clive Boursnell's photos of Old Covent Garden capture everyday moments in the vanished fruit, vegetable and flower markets.

Flower ladies, Old Covent Garden market

Clive Boursnell's photos of Old Covent Garden capture everyday moments in the vanished fruit, vegetable and flower markets.

Drinking at Old Covent Garden market

Clive Boursnell's photos of Old Covent Garden capture everyday moments in the vanished fruit, vegetable and flower markets.

Covent Garden Market worker in the 1970s

Sue Homewood, who grew carnations and ran a flower shop at Covent Garden. Photograph by Clive Boursnell (taken between 1968 and

The market during the 1950s

The Covent Garden market during the

It wasn't just fruit and veg you could buy in Covent Garden in the 1950s

It wasn't just fruit and veg you could buy in Covent Garden in the

Covent Garden market today

Famous world-wide for it's unequalled mix of shops, restaurants, history, entertainment and culture.

Protesting against the closure of Covent Garden market in the 1970s

Protesting against the closure of Covent Garden market in the

Old Covent Garden trader Tim White

Clive Boursnell's photos of Old Covent Garden capture everyday moments in the vanished fruit, vegetable and flower markets.

Covent Garden being used as a film set in the 1960s

Audrey Hepburn and director George Cukor chat after filming has finished for the day on the Covent Garden set of My Fair Lady, Warner Brothers Studios, Burbank, 1963

Bedford Chambers by James Street, Rock Garden restaurant London

Sunshine illuminates Bedford Chambers, by James Street in Covent Garden. It would later become the Rock Garden restaurant, which itself ceased trading in January and is now the Apple shop.

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