On Tuesday, I was thrilled to take my very first look around the brand new Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market on Nine Elms Lane in Vauxhall, London. (You may have seen the photos and videos in my Instagram Story?)
Well, I was completely and utterly blown away! What an absolutely incredible space has been built to house the flower, foliage, plant and sundry wholesalers, plus several florist workshops. The new market is light, bright, modern and airy with a double-height ceiling in the centre of the building. And it looks soooo swish! So ‘up with the times’.
It’s moved down the road from its current site, as you can see in the image below. And you’ll find it located just inside the old main entrance, with the postcode for sat navs being SW8 5EH.
This is the wonderful new logo which greets you on arrival on Nine Elms Lane…
…and below is what you’ll see once you’ve turned off the main road.
Opening for business on Monday 3rd April, the building is laid out on two floors, with the Flower Hall on the ground floor and Florists Workshops on the first floor. Here are some images to give you an idea of the layout.
The Flower Hall, which is shown immediately below, accommodates twenty wholesalers plus a café. Two corridors run down the whole length of the floor space and the main area is open plan and air-conditioned to 14 degrees Celsius. There are also self-contained units with shop fronts for wholesalers who don’t require a chilled environment.
Some wholesalers have a purpose-built office on their stand, as you can see here at Bloomfield…
…whilst others have a custom-built office area.
All the signage is in red…
…with the wholesalers’ names emblazoned above their units, as shown below.
In the Flower Hall, you’ll find:
A Goodchild, B&D Flower Co, Bloomfield Wholesale Florist, DG Wholesale Flowers, Deanos Flowers, Dennis Edwards, J H Hart & Sons, L Mills, Pratley Flowers & Plants, R French & Sons, SR Allen and Zest Flowers.
GB Foliage and Porters Foliage.
Arnott & Mason, Evergreen Exteriors and Quality Plants.
C Best, Evergreen Pots & Soil and Whittingtons.
And this is where they’re all located. If you’d like to see a larger image, please click here.
Outside, there’s the loading bay, which has easy access into the Flower Hall.
On the first floor, eleven resident florists are located. 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
- Stems UK
- The Flower Bird & Blue Sky Flowers
- The Garden Party
With regards to parking at the new Flower Market, if you have a permit, it’ll work just as it does now. If you pay by cash though, you’ll simply pull a ticket from a machine on entering and pay on foot before leaving at one of the pay stations. £5 gives you three hours parking. There are two parking floors, one on each level. On the ground floor, the parking is under cover…
…and on the first floor, it’s in the open air. There are three goods lifts connecting the Flower Hall to the first floor car park.
A special Preview Day for customers is shortly to be announced, if you’d like to come and take a look around before the official opening day on Monday, 3rd April.
I can’t wait to visit the new Flower Market when it’s full of flowers, foliage, plants and sundries. It’s a going to be such a pleasurable shopping experience! If you’d like more information, please visit the Brand New Covent Garden Market website.
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with New Covent Garden Market. All the words are my own.
(Images :New Covent Garden Market & Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)