Creating a thriving food quarter for London

New Covent Garden Market is London’s original and largest wholesale fresh produce market. For almost 350 years, the market has supplied London’s leading restaurants and florists with the highest quality fruit, vegetables, flowers and fresh produce from the UK and around the world.

Based in Nine Elms since 1974, the iconic market is home to nearly 200 businesses with around 2,500 employees. It is currently undergoing an exciting redevelopment that will transform the site into a thriving, modern food quarter for London, with a world leading wholesale and distribution market operating alongside innovative, next generation food businesses.

A better home for fresh produce

The Fruit and Vegetable Market is what many people think of as the core of New Covent Garden Market. After 45 years, the market is being rebuilt to create brand new, contemporary, food grade units.

The new units have a high specification base build, but are flexible so that businesses can fit them out to meet their own requirements. Building works are progressing well and the developers are on schedule to complete the first units ready for fit outs from November.

The market behind every great florist

The Flower Market at New Covent Garden has already moved to a modern temporary new home, further down Nine Elms Lane. As the only dedicated wholesale flower market in the UK, it supplies a large proportion of London’s event and contract florists as well as many of the high street florists, hence their claim to be the market ‘behind every great florist’.

On the ground floor of the new Flower Market is a bright, modern Flower Hall, where London’s best flower wholesalers sell a wide variety of flowers, plants, foliage and sundries, while the first floor is home to a selection of contract florists.

A vibrant new citrus fruit artwork by Israeli photographer, Eyal Granit was unveiled on the Nine Elms Lane façade of the Flower Market in October, to showcase just some of the fresh produce that is available behind the market’s walls.

Next generation food businesses

The Food Exchange, which opened at the market in January 2018, is a new home for London’s up-and-coming food entrepreneurs. With tenants including healthy ice-cream brand Oppo, food waste charity FoodCycle, and start-up community Young Foodies, it is an exciting space where next generation food businesses can network with each other, innovate and grow.

Looking ahead, there are plans to transform New Covent Garden Market into a dedicated food quarter destination for Londoners, with the iconic wholesale market operating alongside an array of food and drink businesses that will be open to the public.

Find out more

To find the latest updates on the redevelopment download our most recent issue of the Redevelopment Newsletter here.

If you would like any further information on the redevelopment, please contact us at hello@cgma.co.uk.