For better or worse, no other spot in central London draws the tourists in quite like Covent Garden. It is hard to believe that the heaving piazza wasn’t always this way. Back in the old days – before the boutiques and buskers – Covent Garden was the site of an altogether simpler buzz. Taken during the late ’60s and early ’70s, a new collection of photographs by Clive Boursnell reveals a portrait of the area before the megabrands descended – when fruit, veg and flowers ruled the square and men in flat caps grumbled about Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. David Clack
‘Old Covent Garden’ is published by Frances Lincoln, priced at £12.99. All photos © Clive Boursnell.