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City Sketchers London: NOTE CHANGE OF DATE – Let’s draw Covent Backyard


Covent Backyard

Sketch by Karen Jones

 [By Isabel Carmona and Sasala Wickramasinghe]

The enormous Christmas tree specifically chosen for Covent
That is our second try to sketch iconic Covent Backyard, since our final go to needed to be cancelled as a result of spiking Covid
numbers. As normal, Covent Backyard will likely be filled with festive cheer and bustling
with Christmas buyers. The enormous baubles and mistletoe are again within the
piazza — Karen Jones (see foremost picture above) drew these in 2016 — and new this yr is the hand painted nineteenth century Covent Backyard Christmas Sleigh. We
actually will likely be spoilt for selection on issues to sketch!

The day is freed from cost, no must guide, simply flip up along with your artwork
package. Remember to wrap up heat! 

Key occasions and assembly factors

11 AM

Meet exterior the Apple Retailer (1-7 The Piazza, WC2E 8HB) beneath the arches within the lined space, which ought to present shelter
in case of rain.

1 PM

For our throwdown and group photograph, we are going to meet within the churchyard of St Paul’s, on the benches by the Statue of the Conversion of St Paul. The closest entry is thru the gate (see photograph beneath) that’s reverse the large Christmas tree. 

3.30 PM

We’ll return to the benches on the Statue of Conversion of St Paul to have a look at drawings and take ultimate group pictures.

The gate to St Paul’s churchyard. 


We might then collect within the cafe/restaurant within the Royal Opera Home on the bottom ground subsequent to the store. That is open to the general public
till at the least 8pm on days after they have performances. 

There are many different pubs and bars (albeit very busy operating as much as
Christmas) in Covent Backyard, if individuals need to keep again for a

Choices for drawing

  • The Victorian market buildings: the central market and Jubilee Market. There will likely be a Christmas market/stalls simply exterior the piazza
    reverse the doorway to the Royal Opera Home. 
Sketch by Lindsay Topping
  • St Pauls Church (often known as the Actors’ Church) with its peaceable churchyard:
    quite a few memorial plaques (together with one for Sir Charles Chaplin!) and
    inside the nice and cozy inside is usually lined in superbly polished
  • Royal Opera Home: the highest ground bar space affords some spectacular views of Covent
    Backyard markets beneath. The Floral Corridor, with its magnificent barrelled
    roof and beautiful ironwork, often maintain free public
Sketch by Isabel Carmona

Sketch by Jacqueline Röhr

  • Avenue performers and musicians: they’re all over the place! Avenue
    performers’ space exterior the piazza (the place the enormous Christmas tree
    is); there may be one other performers’ space within the North Corridor inside
    the piazza; there are common Christmas carol and opera performances
    and musicians taking part in downstairs within the South Corridor. 
  • London Transport Museum: The museum itself fees an entrance charge, however entry to the
    superbly vibrant store and cafe is free.

Sensible data

Getting there

The closest Tube stations embody Covent Backyard (Piccadilly Line; 1min
stroll), Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern Strains; 7 min stroll) and
Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Strains; 10 min stroll). 

COVID-19 go to data

We’ll stay alert to nationwide steering about COVID-19 and its
variants. Even whereas restrictions have been lifted, it is wise to
take all needed precautions to maintain ourselves and fellow sketchers
secure all through the occasion. The danger of an infection for outside occasions is
low, however fundamental steering nonetheless applies:

  • Please don’t attend for those who really feel unwell
  • Put on a face protecting if you’re near others
  • Give individuals house
  • Follow good hand hygiene.

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