This is a magical place. It is famous for being the model for Diagon Alley, but PLEASE forget this. It is far more interesting than this, and full of history. Read about it, walk up and down and drink in it's atmosphere. It is old London at it's best. It is the original Flicker Alley, the birth of the movie industry, how good is that? The shops here are wonderful, eccentric places. It is one of the last places left with proper individual, independent shops. I collect vintage jewellery and this street has one of the best shops ever. It is Christopher St. James at No 12. His stuff is amazing. He makes for some of the top movies as well as West End and Broadway shows and catwalks. His shop is very glam, with pieces on show worn by great Hollywood stars like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Dietrich, and many more.. Last week I saw a fabulous collection of pieces used in Downton Abbey. There is also a great antique shop called Mark Sullivan, full of incredible bits and pieces. I defy you not to want to buy something here. There are also antique maps, books, prints, coins, and poster art. I would'nt bother with all the clone shops in Covent Garden, this is the REAL Covent Garden, like it used to be, like it should be, truly magical. I love it. GO GO GO.
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