MAY 23,2013 - MAY 23,2013 (1 DAYS)
East London and Covent Garden (including a Mama Mia show in the Novello Theater in Covent Garden):
Start: Liverpool Street Station.
End: Covent Garden Tube Station.
Highlights: Liverpool Street Station, Exchange Square, Curtian Rd., Hoxton Square, Street and Market, Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch High Street, Aldwych, Covent Garden Piazza, St. Martines Court.
Go to the north side of the Liverpool Street Station. It borders with the Exchange Square. A modern and mainly-pedestrianised development. The largest office development in London until the emergence of Canary Wharf in the early 1990s. It contains the 165 metres Broadgate Tower, the 4th-tallest building in the City after the Heron Tower, Tower 42 and the 30 St Mary Axe. The tower was completed in 2008 and stands over the railway tracks out of Liverpool Street station:
In this complex you'll find also the Broadgate circle is host to London's only turn up and skate arena:
Head west on Broadgate Circle. Turn right onto Sun St. Sun St turns slightly left and becomes Appold St. Turn left onto Worship St. Turn right onto Curtain Rd. Now, you are in Shoreditch. On your right - do not miss the The Horse & Groom pub:
I highly recommend not missing a series of wall paintings:
One - in Hewett Rd. (the first turn to the right from Curtain Rd.):
Another couple impressive wall painting are found in Curtain Rd. itself:
Continue along Curtian Rd. crossing 6 roads on your right (including Hewett Rd.). The sixth road on your right and left is the impressive Rivington Street. This street goes along the "border" between Shoreditch and Hackney. Rivington Street was the Shoreditch electricity generating station, by the London County Council to serve the LCC tramway system. A secret bar, the Jubjub Bar - in 65 Rivington Street:
Continue until the end of Curtain Rd. Turn right onto Old St. Turn left onto Hoxton St. Turn left onto Hoxton Square. You are, now, in Hoxton. The geographical distinction between Hoxton and Shoreditch is often confused. Hoxton is a district immediately north of the financial district of the City of London. The area of Hoxton is bordered by Regent's Canal on the north side, Wharf and City Roads to the west, Old Street to the south (we just passed it...) , and Kingsland Road to the east. You'll appreciate a few interesting houses in this square:
Head east on Hoxton Square toward Hoxton St and turn left onto Hoxton St. Go along this street - not missing the nice garden in Hoxton street:
Hoxton Street Market is the focal point of this end of the district. The market sells a wide range of household goods during the week and specializes in independent fashion, art and design products on Saturdays:
Turn right onto Falkirk St. Turn left (north) onto Kingsland Rd and the Geffrye Museum will be on the right. It is a museum specializing in the history of the English domestic interior. Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00, Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00 - 17.00. Closed Mondays. The restaurant is open until 16.45. The shop is open during museum hours:
Your direction in the Kingsland Rd was northward. Now, walk back (SOUTHWARD !) in the Kingsland Rd., cross again the Falkirk/Cremer streets. Cross the Waterson street on your left. On the next junction (on your left) with Hackney Rd (the Kingsland Rd. becomes Shoreditch High Street) - note the Shoreditch Cathedral (St. Leonard church):
This part of the road is wholly within the London Borough of Hackney. In the past, Shoreditch High Street boasted of both a prestigious theatre (numbers 2-4 in the street) and a music hall. By the late 19th century the Shoreditch Theatre was one of the largest theatres in London. In 1926 it was converted into a cinema called the New Olympia Picture Drome. The building was destroyed in year 1940. There are many striptease pubs along the road:
Continuing along Shoreditch High Street to the Liverpool street Station - you'll see spectacular views of the City high buildings including the Gherkin:
From Liverpool Street Station we headed to a Matinee' show of Mama Mia in Novello Theater in Aldwych (nearby tube stations are: Temple and Covent Garden). You are not allowed to take photos during the show. So, the pictures, hereby, are from the theater hall and the ads in the lobby:
After the (so-so) Mama Mia show we headed to the Covent Garden PIazza - spending there another couple of bright afternoon hours. The central square in Covent Garden is simply called "Covent Garden", very often marketed as "Covent Garden Piazza"
Head south on Aldwych. Turn right onto Catherine St. Turn left onto Exeter St. Turn right onto Burleigh St. Turn left onto Tavistock St. The Transport Museum should be on your right. Turn right toward Henrietta St. You should face the Apple Market and the St. Paul Covent Garden Church on your front and back. The church of St Paul's was the first building, and was begun in July 1631 on the western side of the square. In year 1974 the Covent Garden market moved to a new site in south-west London. The square languished until its central building re-opened as a shopping centre in 1980. The central building re-opened as a shopping centre in 1980, with cafes, pubs, small shops and a craft market called the Apple Market. The Piazza, at the heart of Covent Garden, hosts a variety of talents, performances and family events. Shows run throughout the day and are about 30 minutes in length. Please note that the courtyard (in Apple Market) space is dedicated to classical music only.
Our final point, in Covent Garden (see more detailed blog on CG - in a seperate report) is the St. Martines Court. With your back to St. Pau church and your face to the Apple Market signpost - turn left (north-west). Turn right at King St. Turn left onto Floral St. Turn right onto Slingsby Pl (partial restricted usage road) and the St. Martines Court will be on the left. It isw a luxurious shopping centre just opened during year 2012-2013:
From here it is 5 minutes walk to the Covent Garden tube station. Head southeast on Slingsby Pl toward Long Acre. Turn left onto Long Acre. Turn right and the tube station will be on your right.