With the festive season well and truly behind us and the new year looming ahead, IN Covent Garden asked these locals what song is getting them through the post-holiday blues.

Words: Alison Tanudisastro; Photographs: Sam Rockman

Name: Andrew Lewin

What do you do? I work in finance for a design and branding agency.

Where are you from? I’m from South London.

What brings you to Covent Garden? Our agency is based here.

What’s your favourite spot in Covent Garden? In the summer, the courtyard behind St Paul’s church is a nice place to sit and eat or our office roof terrace (which unfortunately is not open to the public).

What song is getting your through the post-holiday blues? Keep Up The Bad Work by Murkage Dave. It’s got a nice melody. I’ve had it on repeat a few times. He does a podcast with Mike Skinner from the Streets and has a few songs on his album produced by Skepta.

Name: Ashley Horn

What do you do? I am the founder of Creoate, an online platform for creative workshops and experiences.

Where are you from? I’m from Oregon which is on the West Coast of the US but I’ve lived in London for over ten years.

What brings you to Covent Garden? We now have our own retail space in Seven Dials where we host independent brands, workshops and events. I wanted to open our first space here because it is so central and gives our brands greater visibility alongside big brands.

What’s your favourite spot in Covent Garden? I like Monmouth St in Seven Dials because it has a lot of the smaller independent stores.

What song is getting your through the post-holiday blues? Fill Me In by Craig David. It’s really upbeat and takes you back to when you were younger and had a lot more energy.

Name: Richard Filby

What do you do? I left the circus to become a street performer.

Where are you from? I’m from Melbourne, Australia and have been living in London for the past year.

What brings you to Covent Garden? It’s the home of street performing. There’s a really strong community of street performers here. I came here to visit a couple of years ago and fell in love with the place.

What’s your favourite spot in Covent Garden? There’s a little café called Abuelo. It’s run by Australians and has the best coffee in Covent Garden. 

What song is getting your through the post-holiday blues? What’s Right by Hugo Bladel. It’s got a really nice vibe and is a song you can sit back and listen to very comfortably.

Name: Kiyoko Matsushita

What do you do? I’m a Marketing Manager and Fashion Journalist

Where are you from? I’m based in Marylebone but originally from Tokyo, Japan.

What brings you to Covent Garden? I’m here to see a pop-up store called Rejina Pyo on Floral Street and then I’m having brunch with a friend at Petersham Nurseries.

What’s your favourite spot in Covent Garden? The Petersham Nurseries and The Royal Opera House.

What song is getting your through the post-holiday blues? I love to listen to summer tunes in winter. The Girl From Ipanema is my current favourite.

Name: Melvin Taylor

What do you do? I’m a florist.

Where are you from? I’m originally from Somerset but now live in South London.

What brings you to Covent Garden? I started trading here in 1979 and it slowly evolved into a permanent market stall.

What’s your favourite spot in Covent Garden? St Paul’s Church because it’s quiet.

What song is getting your through the post-holiday blues? I get so much music here – from when I get in to when I go home. All I want is peace and quiet!