Nothing confuses visitors to London quite like the lack of tulips, apples and potatoes in Covent Garden (except perhaps the lack of trapeze artists and clowns in Piccadilly Circus, but that’s only a special minority). Back in the 60s, though, Covent Garden truly was a horticultural marvel, with fruit, veg and flower stalls packed into the space that’s now occupied by big-brand flagships and coffee shops. Looking for the Apple store? Just over there, pal – right next to the pear shop.
Check out this selection of images from Covent Garden’s mid-20th century heyday, taken from new book ‘Covent Garden Then & Now’.
‘Covent Garden Then & Now’ by Clive Boursnell is out now, priced £12.99.