The annual Rent Ceremony is a weird and wonderful occasion when the Chairman and Trustees march around the Piazza, accompanied by the Town Crier and a jazz band, to pay the “peppercorn rents” of five red apples and five posies of flowers for the buildings, known as The Protected Lands, on which the Trust owns a 150-year headlease.
The idea of a “peppercorn” rent was conceived by Sylvia Marder who was a solicitor with the Greater London Council and instrumental in writing the Trust’s leases. The rent of one red apple and one posy of flowers for each headlease reflects the history of the area as a fruit and vegetable market and are generously donated each year by the Covent Garden Market Authority.
The five properties are the Central Market (originally London’s fruit and vegetable market); the arcaded Bedford Chambers block; the Museums block bounded by Russell Street and Wellington Street; a terrace of Georgian houses numbered 25-31 James Street and 7, 9 & 10 Floral Street.
Cost: Free of Charge
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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.2019-06-20 16:30 2019-06-20 16:30 Europe/London Covent Garden's annual Rent Ceremony The Chairman and Trustees march around the Piazza, accompanied by the Town Crier and a jazz band, to pay the “peppercorn rents” of five red apples and five posies of flowers for the buildings. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/06/20/covent-gardens-annual-rent-ceremony-200733 Covent Garden Area Trust,King Street,,London
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