New Covent Garden Market
New Covent Garden Market (NCG) is the UK’s largest and oldest wholesale market for fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Its roots can be traced back as far as the 12th century, however the market has operated under the Covent Garden part of its name since the 17th century.
The most recent relocation saw the old become New, when traders moved from the world famous site in London, W1, to a purpose built site which nestles in Nine Elms on the south bank of the River Thames, in between Vauxhall and Battersea.
NCG is currently home to 175 businesses that employ roughly 2,500 people. Tenants of the Fruit and Vegetable Market include 22 wholesalers, 57 catering distributors, 2 ice suppliers and 4 meat/fish businesses, while the Flower Market houses 19 wholesalers specialising in flowers, plants, foliage and sundries, as well as several florist businesses.
The market is a vital food and flower hub for London and the South East of England, supplying independent retailers, secondary wholesalers, street and market traders, restaurants, hotels, pubs, schools, hospitals, prisons, florists…
The Nine Elms site is managed by the Covent Garden Market Authority and owned by the government. It is in the process of being redeveloped and a ‘brand new’ NCG will be unveiled when the programme completes in 2027, making it the oldest and newest market in the country.