News, articles and features

Last Of The Portwine

Portwine Butchers, a fixture of Covent Garden at 24 Earlham Street, is to close on 1st August 2003. Interview with Graham Portwine

Mercer St. Demolition

Petition against the demolition in Mercers' Block C

Free Guided Cycle Tours of London

Blue Badge Guides will be leading free cycling tours of London for this Sunday 16th February from the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore at 11am.

Feline Dance Of Death

Sir Ian McKellen searches for a feline co-star in the forthcoming production of Dance of Death at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue Has Your Cat Got What it Takes to be a West End Star

Kung Hey Fat Choy

1ST February marks the start of the Chinese New Year celebrations, and one of the most flamboyant street parties in London. Kung Hey Fat Choy

Christmas Carols in Covent Garden

Communtiy Carol Service at St. Pauls. A carol service will be held 6.30 pm Monday 16th December 2002 at St. Paul's Church, Bedford Street (Covent Garden Piazza). All are welcome to join us in celebrating Christmas with Carols and Readings and drinks will be available after the service. Communtiy Carol Service at St. Pauls.
Community Plan to Address Drugs, Street Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour

Drugs and Anti-Social Behaviour Public Meeting: Quick Report

At a recent Public Meeting organised by, among other local interested parties, the CGCA and the CGBG, 465 people discussed the issues of Drugs and Anti-Social Behaviour in Covent Garden. Quick Report

Street Crime: Epidemic Levels in London's West End.

At a time when the Government has just announced new legislation to curb anti-social behaviour, the Crime Reduction Director, Government Office for London, Ms Ellie Roy, has withdrawn her commitment to attend a public meeting on Drugs and Anti-Social Behaviour at The New Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street WC2 on Wednesday Nov 6th at 6.30pm. Street Crime, Drugs and Anti-Social Behaviour Reach Epidemic Levels in London's West End.

The Seven Dials Festival

The Seven Dials Festival takes place this year from Friday 6th through Sunday 8th September. There's music, performances, exhibitions, installations, promotions, market stalls and more. And there are several activities geared specifically for local residents and businesses and we hope you will join in. 7 Dials Festival

Exclusive Award Winning Indian Restaurants Special Offers

Mela in Shaftesbury Avenue, winner of the best Indian restaurant 2001 Carlton Awards, and their new sister restaurant Chowkis on Denman Street are offering exclusive offers through the CGCA web site to our readers.
Chowki and Mela Restaurant discount for Covent Garden Residents

Annual General Meeting 2002

The 31st AGM of the Covent Garden Community Association will take place on Wednesday 19th June 2002 at the Design Council, 34 Bow Street, WC2 (directly opposite the Floral Hall). Annual General Meeting 2002

New Photography Events

Several events will be hosted by Beauty Without Boundaries in Covent Garden at The Agency Club in St. Martins Lane. Beauty Without Boundaries

Workshop and lunch for homeless

On Saturday 27th April, The Swiss Church in London, in conjunction with world-famous London-based Swiss chef Anton Mosimann, hosted a Workshop and Lunch for the homeless in Covent Garden. The Swiss Church and Anton Mosimann help the homeless.

Free Thinking

Covent Garden's City Lit, one of London's best loved adult education facilities, is having a week of free-thinking. From 11th to 17th May 2002 it's Adult Learners' Week, which means you can get a taste of The City Lit with our fun Bite Size Courses. City Lit offer free taster courses

Hall For Hire

Bright, modern hall available for hire in convenient location in the heart of Covent Garden. Dudley Court

Cats closing after 21 years

Cats, the longest running musical in London, is closing exactly 21 years after it opened. A cat may have nine lives but all good things eventually come to an end and the show at Covent Garden's New London Theatre is closing on May 11th 2002. End of a Feline Theatrical Era

Soho Firefighters

Following the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York on 11th September 2001, firefighters from Soho Fire Station in Shaftesbury Avenue, central London, began fundraising for the widows and orphans of the New York firefighters who lost their lives at the incident. Soho Firefighters raise money for World trade Centre victims

Rev Preb Austen Williams CVO

The Covent Garden Community Association's first Chairman, the Rev Austen Williams, died on 9th December 2001.

From 1956 to his retirement in 1984 he was the Vicar of St Martins-in-the-Fields. Everyone currently living or working in Covent Garden has much to thank Austen for his loyalty to the area and his dedication to help the poorest and oppressed.

Rev Preb Austen Williams CVO - An Appreciation Full article | Synopsis | Gallery

The Commonwealth Club

Most people living or working in the Covent Garden area may not be aware that they are only a few streets away from a modern, light and bustling club encompassing a fantastic restaurant, 2 bars and great conference facilities. The Commonwealth Club

Covent Garden Market is the place to visit this Christmas.

There's so much to see and do for all the family. The kids love Santa's grotto - great surprise gifts for all the children. And for the grown ups shop till you drop. Covent Garden Market Christmas 2001

Awards for local waiters

Long awaited and much deserved awards for local waiters, Anwar Ali Khan and Sheikh Salim, who captured the murderer of Diego Pineiro-Villar and saved the life of Diego's half-brother, 15-year-old Roberto. Anwar Ali Khan and Sheikh Salim

Licensing in Camden

The CGCA and Camden Council have organised a joint public meeting to discuss Camden's proposals for a Licensing Policy at 18:30 hrs on Wednesday 21st November 2001 in the Covent Garden Suite, New Connaught Rooms. Public Meeting, 21st November 2001

Donmar Warehouse - You set the price night!

Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm - you pay as mush or as little as you wish for one night only! Tickets available on the day in person at the Donmar Box Office from 5pm. Max 2 tickets per person.
The Little Foxes

Two Royal Opera House Public Exhibitions

The first is a tribute to Dame Ninette de Valois, the second exhibition celebrates the career of Dame Margot Fonteyn. Public exhibitions at the ROH

Concert St Paul's

On 14th December 2001 St Paul's Church Covent Garden will host a concert by the Spanish tenor José Maria Guerrero and Richard Pearce (piano) of Spanish and Italian arias and songs. Concert St Paul's

Church service blesses animals

St Pauls St Paul's church in Covent Garden saw one of the first-ever blessings of animals earlier this month as dogs of all shapes and sizes and a solitary hamster gathered with their owners at the church to praise and give thanks for their four-legged friends. Church service blesses animals

Police Appeal for Assistance

On 23 August 1999 Tracy Edwards was found in the courtyard of Betterton House, Betterton Street, WC2 suffering from serious head injuries. She died in hospital as a result of her injuries approximately one week later. Tracy Edwards

Michael Palin Talks!

The 2001 AGM of the Covent Garden Community Association (its 29th!)was a great success and an occasion to be remembered, not least because of the wonderful talk by Michael Palin. AGM 2001 report and photos.

The Centre Point Tower

The Centre Point Tower is one of central London's best known landmarks. The 37 storey office block is 398 feet high and was designed by Richard Seifert. Although built in 1963-7, it remained completely unlet for many years. The Centre Point Tower

Neal's Yard Festival

Celebrate Neal's Yard's unique character and 25th birthday, at the Neal's Yard Festival: Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd September 2001. Covent Garden, Neal's Yard Festival

Did you go to Wild Street School?

The City Lit hopes to commence construction this autumn of a £21m new purpose-designed college on its Keeley Street site. This means the existing buildings will be demolished for the new development. One of the buildings started life in 1885 as the Wild Street Board School. The City Lit wants to hold an evening of thanksgiving and reflection on Friday July 20, to say farewell to the current buildings and would like to involve any local residents who may have attended the Wild Court Board School. New College in Keeley Street.

CGCA 30th Birthday Party

Tuf Of War in 1984
Childrens tug-of-war, 1984
Neal Street and the surrounding area will host the Covent Garden Community Association's 30th birthday party on Saturday 28th July 2001. The last CGCA street festival took place at least 15 years ago. There will be stalls, a Food Fair, Indian dancers and artists, a jazz band, stilt walkers, Indian musicians, Punch & Judy, games & competitions, etc. The CGCA will also be raising much-needed funds by selling white elephants, second-hand books, clothes and household goods. Covent Garden, Neal Street Festival
Update: Neal Street Festival: Report & Photos

F.W. Collins & Sons

Boasting of being the inventor of elastic glue, F.W. Collins & Sons is a hardware shop with a rich and curious history. Until five years ago it was continuously owned for seven generations by Fred Collins. Each first born son in the family was always named Fred so as to ensure the prosperity of this family run business. Covent Garden hardware shop

Annual Report 2000-2001

Annual report Please find all the articles from our latest annual report with additional contributions form many local residents and business people. Covent Garden Community Association: Annual Report 2000 2001

Annual General Meeting

The Covent Garden Community Association will hold its AGM on Wednesday 4th July 2001 in the New Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street. (Doors from 6.00 pm). Coffee and tea will be served at 6pm and a buffet and drinks will be available after the meeting. We are delighted to welcome our guest speaker Michael Palin, who will talk about his early Monty Python years in Covent Garden and his world travels in more recent years. You do not have to be a member of the CGCA to attend and all are welcome. Annual General Meeting

The Covent Garden Flower Festival 2001

Get ready to be bedazzled by a wide array of colourful and funky floral displays and fashion. From 20-24 June, Covent Garden will be transformed into a radiant glow of colour and beauty. Flower Festival 2001

Seven Dials Monument Exhibition

Seven Dials Monument Exhibition The Seven Dials Monument Charity has a very interesting exhibition on display at Holborn Library consisting of 36 panels, many with historical illustrations, and celebrates a small piece of 'urban renaissance' in central London The Charity also published a pioneering Environmental Study, which sets out ambitious plans for the area's streetscape. 7 Dials Exhibition

Schoolkeeper Vacancy

St Clement Danes Church of England Primary School in Drury Lane wish to appoint a full-time non resident Schoolkeeper to take responsibility for the day to day security and maintenance of the school premises. Schoolkeeper Vacancy

A S Portwine & Sons Covent Garden

At Portwine's you will find more than just an excellent butchers. The business is rich with a touching history and incorporates its vast experience, dating back to the 18th Century, into every item they offer. Covent Garden Butchers

A Local Pub With a Big Heart

Raising much needed funds for charities, the Kembles Head pub has opened up its loos to generous passers by. Since November 2000 they have posted signs, asking for a donation to a local charity, for the use of their toilets. This good deed has generated a lot of positive reaction. Kembles Head

Blade Rubber Stamps

Trying to find the perfect way to say thank you? Or looking to give a personal touch to a gift saying "I love you"? The Rubber Stamp shop has what you need for that personalised gift. Located in Neal's Yard, a popular place for locals and tourists who find this hidden and very unique shop to visit. Blade Rubber Stamps

The Bead Shop

Unique and beautiful jewellery that fits your tastes is not often very easy to come by. So why not make your own and make just what you like? The Bead Shop


When that early morning hunger creeps up on you as you're strolling through Covent Garden on a crisp morning, help is at hand at Muffinski's muffin shop on Kings Street. Muffinski's

The Hungarian Cultural Centre in London

The Hungarian Cultural Centre in Covent Garden offers a gateway to copious amounts of knowledge and expertise on Hungarian culture and its art and social sciences. The Hungarian Cultural Centre in London

Charles Fox: Covent Garden's Make-Up Emporium

In 1878 Charles Fox began his career in the heart of London, supplying the professional theatre with make-up, costumes, and wigs. His clients included unforgettables including Sir Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. Nearly 125 years later his company is still thriving and supplying the best quality make-up products at competitive prices. Charles Fox: Covent Garden's Make-Up Emporium

The Australia Shop

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Whether you are a native Australian, a wannabe, or just interested in the well-loved culture, the Australia Shop is dedicated to supplying you with a place to go and experience this beautiful country. For the past three years this specialised shop has had it's home in Covent Garden, being a constant supplier of those most missed items for those who call Australia home. The Australia Shop

London Policing Museum 'The Beat'

New proposals for the conversion of the former Bow Street Police Station to a museum of the history and current activities of the London's Metropolitan Police have recently been published. There has been much support for such a museum and the need for the preservation of such an integral part of London's history, but there has also been considerable opposition from nearby residents who fear that the proposals will make their life even more difficult. Bow Street - 'The Beat'

Neal's Yard Dairy

Since 1979 Neal's Yard Dairy has had a passion for the very best in farm cheeses. Specialising in providing quality cheeses from small and often family run producers in the British isles, the selection is succulent and matured to perfection. Covent Gardens specalist cheese shop.

The 30th Anniversary of the CGCA

St Paul's The Covent Garden Community Association's 30th Anniversary celebration will be held on Wednesday 25th April 2001 at 6pm in the beautiful setting of St Paul's Church, Covent Garden. The 30th Anniversary of the CGCA

Coliseum to get £41m Renovation

The English National Opera has plans to begin a four-year refurbishment costing upwards of £41m. Nearly £24m will be aided from lottery money. Coliseum to get £41m Renovation

The Tea House

Having a less than fantastic day? Fancy a good cuppa? We all know that a good cup of tea can make everything better. Warm and soothing, it's a good way to retrieve a little relaxation, no matter what time of day. For some of the best quality teas and a wide variety of accessories you must pay a visit to The Tea House located on Neal Street. The Tea House

Malicious Hoax

Shepherd Foods the victim of a nasty hoax. Some residents and businesses received fake City of Westminster letters with false claims concerning food safety breaches, pest infestations and bad practices. Malicious Hoax on Shepherd Foods

The Apple Market

The Apple Market in Covent Garden is a unique venue that provides tourists, local residents, and all Londoners a place to find some very unique and hand crafted specialities. One can find anything from home made soap, jewellery, beautiful paintings, handcrafted clothing, and many more imaginative creations. Market worker Jane Ireland has been showing her talent to the Covent Garden community and its visitors for twenty years at the Apple Market. She specialises in creatively painting neckties. A Closer Look at the Apple Market

The Kite Shop

The Kite Shop is an essential stop as you stroll down London's famous Neal Street with an astronomical range of kites suited for beginners to the more experienced. There is also more than just kites available here. One can find other flying toys, materials, accessories and many other interesting items that have taken the owners' fancy. The Kite Shop

Complementary Therapy Clinic

You may not be aware that there is a complementary therapy clinic offering various treatments including therapeutic massage, acupuncture, osteopathy, homeopathy, and herbal medicine, all at very affordable prices, within easy reach of Covent Garden. Complementary Therapy Clinic in your community

The Hogshead

Fancy a pub with a traditional feel, friendly staff, a wide range of selected ales, a large variety of delicious food and a wonderful place to host private parties? The Hogshead at the corner of Wellington and Exeter can offer you all of this and much more. The Hogshead

The Astrology Shop

Choosing a compatible partner, the perfect profession, or knowing when to expect dramatic mood changes are just a few of the many areas of life that the Astrology Shop can help to guide you through. The Astrology Shop The History(s) of Covent Garden: A Community View by Robert Clark
Covent Garden History by the Marquess of Tavistock
Classic Car Show
Don't Choke London
The City Lit: 'Try it out' campaign
Phoenix Garden May festival
Covent Garden May Fayre 2001
National Conference on Licensing Reform
Westminster Grants
Interview with PC Thompson about our Community
The Covent Garden Festival... Something to Really Sing About!
Street Entertainer Dave Evans
Louis Green
Harry Errington G.C.
Christmas in Covent Garden
Police tackle drugs problem in West End: Project Lilac
Buy & bust - will the Police ever crack it?
City Lit & Tate Modern
New £15m Royal Ballet School Building under construction
Crack Down
300 Year old primary school party.
Job Vacancy
300 Year old primary school in the heart of the West End
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