Please dont confuse New Covent Garden fruit, veg, flower and plant market (SW8) with the tourist haunt of Covent Garden (WC2E).
New Covent Garden Market is a wholesale market for fresh produce and flowers which supplies many of the large hotels, restaurants and companies in London and the surrounding area.
I find the fruit and veg section a bit intimidating but I love the flower market. People always ask me if you can buy just one bunch of flowers which you can. Remember that the prices you will be quoted will be net of VAT. Some stalls only take cash but many nowadays take credit cards. The sight of rows and rows of flowers from every corner of the globe is simply an amazing spectacle. Well worth a visit.
You also dont need to get up in the middle of the night to visit either as during the week the stalls stay open during the morning. Saturdays are always quieter and stalls start closing around 10am in my experience.
Visit C Best for wonderful vases, continers, ribbons and every sort of floral accessory you can imagine. Especially good for Christmas decorations.
If you drive the entrance fee is £5 but you can walk into the flower market free of charge. The entrance is close to Vauxhall train, bus and underground.
If you are interested in flowers this is a must.
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