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Cecil Court

District Guide: Covent Garden, London

seen by Jonathan Daniel Pryce, photographer

The award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­ph­er Jonathan Daniel Pryce, alias Gar­con­Jon, has built his career on a pas­sion­ate idea: back in 2008, when Insta­gram wasn’t even a thing and blog­ger” was still a rare pro­fes­sion, he start­ed doc­u­ment­ing street styles in his home town of Glas­gow. Since then he’s focused on pho­tograph­ing men with a unique fash­ion sense, but opened his port­fo­lio to col­lab­o­ra­tions with renowned brands and mag­a­zines, as well. For our guide he shows us around his new home of choice, Covent Gar­den in London.

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Find Jonathan on Instagram: @garconjon

I love Covent Gar­den because it feels small and trans­ports me to London’s his­toric past. The sense of scale with low build­ings con­trasts with its bustling and urban con­tem­po­rary culture.”

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Convent Garden Piazza

Do you have one beau­ti­ful mem­o­ry that will for­ev­er be asso­ci­at­ed with your neigh­bor­hood? In June of 2018, I did a ten year ret­ro­spec­tive of my street style work. It was a show pre­sent­ed by Vogue Hommes on the Lon­don Fash­ion Week sched­ule and was a sem­i­nal moment for my career. We had the show on Flo­ral Street near the Piaz­za in Covent Gar­den. I’ll nev­er for­get the open­ing night.

1. Covent Gar­den Piaz­za | Cran­bourn St, Lon­don WC2H 7AR

When do you get inspired? Peo­ple inspire me most. That’s why Lon­don is so per­fect. There’s a con­stant stream of new faces com­ing into the city.

The best place to peo­ple watch is Sev­en Dials. Peo­ple from all walks of life pass by.

2. Sev­en Dials | Lon­don WC2H 9LX

Why does your job per­fect­ly match your city? Lon­don is a city that always looks for­ward. It is nos­tal­gic with its preser­va­tion of the past but over­all, it’s opti­mistic and futur­is­tic. That suits pho­tog­ra­phy. It’s a tech­ni­cal art form that, for me, is about doc­u­ment­ing changes in the world.

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How do you spend a Wednes­day in Covent Gar­den? I usu­al­ly vis­it the Nation­al Por­trait Gallery on the bor­der of Covent Gar­den dur­ing the week so it’s nice and qui­et. I can get lost in there for hours.

3. Nation­al Por­trait Gallery | St Martin‘s Place, Lon­don WC2H 0HE, @nationalportraitgallery

4. My urban oasis is St-Giles-in-the-Fields church. 60 St Giles High Street, Lon­don WC2H 8LG

5. When I want to relax after work I go to a show at the Gar­rick The­atre. 2 Char­ing Cross Road, Lon­don WC2H 0HH

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Cecil Court

6. The best vin­tage books and art deal­ers can be found at Cecil Court. Between Char­ing Cross Road and St Martin‘s Lane, Lon­don WC2N

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American Classics Store

Fur­ther places to visit:

7. Amer­i­can Clas­sics Store The ulti­mate shop for menswear, this store has all of my favorite brands. It‘s curat­ed per­fect­ly and spe­cial­izes in work­wear. 20 Endell Street, Lon­don WC2H 9BD, @americanclassicslondon

8. Mon­mouth Cof­fee It near­ly always has a queue but that‘s tes­ta­ment to how good the cof­fee is. I usu­al­ly have it to take away, since it’s small inside, but if you get there mid-morn­ing there’s usu­al­ly a lull and some space to sit, read a book and relax.27 Mon­mouth Street, Lon­don WC2H 9EU

9. Neal’s Yard Dairy I‘m def­i­nite­ly a cheese-board-over-dessert kind of guy. This loca­tion has so many great choic­es, you could spend an hour in there sam­pling the best on offer. 17 Short‘s Gar­dens, Lon­don WC2H 9AT, @neals_yard_dairy

10. The Rock and Sole Plaice One of the old­est fish and chips shops in Lon­don (with one of the best names too). This is the place I love tak­ing inter­na­tion­al friends when they’re in Lon­don. It’s a lit­tle over-priced per­haps, but the Cock­ney ban­ter you get out of it is worth it. 45 – 49 Endell St, Lon­don WC2H 9AJ, @rockandsoleplaice

29 Jun 2019 · neubau eyewear