What an incredible day it was yesterday at the opening day of the brand new Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market!
Thank you so much to all of you who visited on this first day of trading. And many thanks too for all your fabulous comments on social media. We're so pleased that you like our new home. Just as we had hoped and were sure it would be, it's the Flower Market you love, only brighter, neater and comfier.
The Flower Hall was such a vibrant hive of activity, with the same wonderful spirit and banter that New Covent Garden Market is famous for. And one of the most popular comments from florists there yesterday was the lighting in the new building and how it really does make the flowers look even more beautiful than ever!
The traders had pulled out all the stops, with several of them wearing newly branded attire bearing their logos, like C Best and Zest Flowers, making it so much easier for new customers to recognise salesmen on their stands. And especially for the opening day, many traders had put on food and refreshments.
We hope you enjoy looking through the photos of this very auspicious day in the history of the Flower Market.
Graeme at Zest Flowers
Dennis Edwards Flowers, from left to right, Sonny, Edwin and Dennis
Bloomfield, from left to right, Leigh, Sam and Ronny
DG Wholesale Flowers, from left to right, David, Michael, Katie and James.
S Robert Allen, from left to right, Kenny, Maurice, Paul and Trevor.
J H Hart Flowers, from left to right, Richie and Jonathan.
Anthony at A Goodchild
Bryan at Porters Foliage
Dean at Quality Plants
Bob at L Mills
C Best, left to right Grant, Grant and Gary.
The amazing extensive display area which C Best have created is a sundries paradise, an Aladdin's cave! With carpets of artificial turf...
...to shelves upon shelves of vases galore.
Kim at The Flower Store, with John at Bloomfield.
The simpler layout of the new Flower Market is very easy to navigate. The building is rectangular with two corridors running its length and traders either side. Go here if you'd like to see a floor plan.
75% of London's florists, from high street retailers to high-end event companies, with their floral designs appearing in places such as The Savoy, V&A and St Paul's Cathedral, source their flowers, foliage, plants and sundries from New Covent Garden Market. If you'd like to join them and haven't visited us before, we'd be delighted to give you a free introductory tour. Please go here to book now. It really is a one-stop shop for all your floristry needs, all under one roof. And it's the 'go-to' place for a fantastic selection of British flowers, foliage and plants!
Yesterday was also the first day for the 11 resident florists who are located on the first floor at the new location. They are Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design, Frames for Florists, Pinstripes & Peonies, Stems UK, NB Flowers, Nidal Floral Design, Plant Display Plus, Smith & Green Wholesale Florists, The Flower Bird, Blue Sky Flowers and The Garden Party.
Flower Market, New Covent Garden Market, Nine Elms Lane, London, SW8 5BH. You can find us here on Google Maps.
We're open from Monday to Saturday, from 4am to 10am. Some traders open/close earlier/later.
If you have a permit, it works just like before and there's no need to get a ticket at the barrier. If you usually pay by cash, you now need to take a ticket on entering and pay at one of the pay stations before leaving.
There are two parking areas, one on the ground floor which is under cover and one on the first floor which is open air.
If you have any questions at all about the new Flower Market, please contact us, by either calling 020 7501 3495 or sending us an email to email@example.com. And if you've not visited it before, you may like to check out the Brand New Covent Garden Market website.
We look forward to seeing you soon!