A group of fifteen signed up for a walk around Covent Garden led by Rachel Kolsky on what turned out to be a very wet Saturday afternoon. Undaunted we followed Rachel for a good couple of hours around Covent Garden and up into Shaftesbury Avenue.
We sought shelter wherever it was available in doorways and under awnings and in the Opera House foyer but always learning something new. Some highlights were the clock in chinatown which marks Clarkson’s who supplied wigs to whoever needed them including the Ballet Russes. It is easily identified with the words Costumier and Perruquier on its face. There was the slate plaque on the outside wall of a restaurant where Picasso painted the backdrop for Diaghilev’s ballet Le Tricorne in 1919 which can be easily passed unnoticed. Then in St Paul’s Church we had the bonus of hearing the choir rehearsing.
Anyone wanting to follow the walk in more detail (ours was a shortened version) can look at the walk on the V&A website on which our walk was based.