Summer is here, and to celebrate we asked Scottish artist Domenica More Gordon to create possibly our most charming cover yet… a tribute to the dogs of Covent Garden! The canine theme continues inside, with Alexandra Carey’s ode to Snowy and the other animals that have populated the wonderful Tintin Shop on Floral Street, as well as Mark Fox’s account of Carlo, a hound that found fame on the boards of Richard Sheridan’s Drury Lane Theatre in the early 1800s.
Back in March I visited one of my heroes in New York, the 87-year-old graphic design legend Milton Glaser, creator of the iconic ‘I heart NY’ logo. My mission? To ask him to create a cover for the mag. Order the magazine to see how I fared.
Sticking in the realm of design, we met up with celebrated sculptress Jill Watson, who was commissioned to produce a 15m espalier tree in the newly developed Mercers’ Walk – a celebration of the space’s woodland past.
Elsewhere we hear from historian Lynda MacLeod about James Christie, founder of the eponymous auction house, who cut his teeth in Covent Garden before achieving his worldwide acclaim. And do check out the ‘Hidden In Plain Sight’ page, which reveals the virtuoso cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale’s connection with the neighbourhood.
We also venture into Bloomsbury for our ‘Just Around the Corner’ section, where each issue we showcase an area within a stone’s throw of Covent Garden.
Don’t miss our Covent Gardener theatre map and the latest additions to Adam Dant’s fabulous cast of local characters.
Finally, I urge you to keep visiting Covent Garden, the place I am so happy to call home. As a small incentive, please sign up for the new ‘I love Covent Garden’ discount card, with up to 20% off in our favourite cafés, restaurants and bars. Register at coventgarden.london/rewards and pick it up from the head office in the market building.
Follow us on Instagram @thecoventgardener to keep up with our latest offers and amazing competitions.
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