Covent Garden

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London’s Covent Garden Market, picturesque as it is, has got to be one of the world’s least authentic.

However, walking through it early yesterday, as the stallholders were still setting up and before most of the tourists were in place, I did get a sense of it as a real living place:

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The streets around were also only just beginning to fill up:

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Within the market, bustle emerged from nothing:

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…until suddenly people appeared to be everywhere:

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I retreated to the nearby Actors Church of St Paul with its almost deserted courtyard:

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Even the local pubs were still empty:

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Further afield, by Trafalgar Square,  St Martin-in-the-Fields was also so free of customers, that I shared it just with a tiny number of people at prayer and the loud snoring of an overnight rough sleeper they had let out of the cold:

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Outside, though, the square itself was so busy that even death could hover without causing too much of a scene:

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