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New Covent Garden Market is the UK's leading wholesale market for fresh fruit and vegetables. With more than 200 vibrant businesses on one site, we are the focal point for the food supply chain in London.

We supply 40% of London's food service sector, from small independent grocers to large multinationals and everyone in between, including every one of the capital's top 20 restaurants.

As well as fruit and veg we have companies specialising in meat, fish, ice, dairy, sauces, prepared fruit and vegetables, fine foods, desserts, juices and frozen goods... the list goes on. To learn more about how we can help you, read on below.

Why choose New Covent Garden Market?


SPOILT FOR CHOICE


We have over 100 unique and specialist food businesses all on one site, ready to serve your fruit, vegetable and foodservice needs. We know you’ll find the right business for you here.

We also have the highest concentration of Catering Wholesale Distributors on one site in the UK, with a specialist focus on the catering trade.

New Covent Garden Market - Spoilt for Choice
New Covent Garden Market - Quality Produce

QUALITY PRODUCE, OUTSTANDING SERVICE


At the heart of every company at New Covent Garden Market is quality produce and outstanding customer service. Just take a walk down our Buyers' Walk and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

COLLECTION VS DELIVERY


Whether you want to come to the Market and buy in person or have one of the many expert buyers do it on your behalf and then deliver it to your door, the choice is yours.

New Covent Garden Market - Delivery
New Covent Garden Market - You're in good company

YOU'RE IN GOOD COMPANY


Our traders here supply 20/20 of the top restaurants in London. There's a reason they all choose New Covent Garden Market. We also supply small independent grocers to large multinationals and everyone in between.

SPECIALIST PRODUCTS, PRODUCT SPECIALISTS


From Apples to Zucchinis and every specialist item in between, we source them all. But we also have the knowledge behind the product. Have specific questions or need advice? The knowledge and experience here at the Market is genuinely unrivaled.

New Covent Garden Market - Specialist Products
New Covent Garden Market - More than fruit and vegetables

MORE THAN FRUIT & VEG


As well as fruit and veg there are companies here specialising in meat, fish, ice sculptures, dairy, sauces, prepared fruit and vegetables, fine foods, desserts, unpasteurised juices, frozen goods... the list goes on.

SUSTAINABLE, SEASONAL AND ACCREDITED


We are the only wholesale market with Red Tractor accreditation. We lead the way in sustainability by sending zero waste to landfill. We are at the front of seasonal sourcing. Whatever your provenance goals are, we are able to support you.

New Covent Garden Market - Accreditation

Opening HoursOpening Hours

The Fruit and Veg Market wholesalers trade from around 00:00 - 06:00 Monday to Saturday, though some individual wholesalers do open and close slightly later/earlier so do check with your individual wholesaler.

The wholesale distributors tend to operate 24hrs with their office hours around 07:00 - 15:00. The market's Main Entrance is open 24hrs so you can access the market at any time night or day.

Please note that not all wholesalers are open on Saturday so please check before coming to the market.

The wholesale market is closed on Sundays.

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Getting to the MarketGetting to the Market

Address: New Covent Garden Market, London, SW8 5BH

By car – There are separate entrances for the Fruit & Vegetable Market and the Flower Market, both of which can be accessed from Nine Elms Lane. For Sat Nav, use the postcode SW8 5BH and this will take you to the Main Entrance.

By rail – Vauxhall Rail Station and Vauxhall Underground (Victoria Line) are only a few hundred yards from the Market.

By bus – Bus routes 156 and 344 (24 hour service) run past the Main Entrance and the Flower Market Entrance on the Nine Elms Lane (A3205) and routes 77, 87 and N87 run along Wandsworth Road (A3036).

Entry and ParkingEntry to the Market

For each vehicle, there is a £5 entry charge you will need to pay at the Main Entrance. If you are buying from the Fruit & Vegetable Market, you will need to use the Main Entrance, as there isn't any vehicle access from the Flower Market.

If you use the market twice or more a week (on average) then it works out cheaper for you to buy an entry tag for the year.

Tag prices are:
Customers (all vehicles) - £220 + VAT
Tenant private vehicles - £295 + VAT
Tenant commercial vehicles - £400 + VAT
Tenant rigid or articulated HGVs - £800 + VAT

Tags bought between 1 November 2016 – 31 January 2017 will be charged at full price, and then at a reduced quarterly rate after 1 February. If your tag is lost or stolen, it will cost £30 + VAT to replace.

To buy a tag, or to find out more, please call 020 7720 2211 or email our Operations Team.

If you’re coming by foot then there is no entry fee.

Parking at the Market

Commercial vehicles can park in designated areas around the site while buying on the market.

Private vehicles can park in the Multi-Storey Car Park by the Main Entrance or around the Flower Market. Only pre-approved customers or blue badge holders can park private vehicles in the Fruit & Vegetable Market.

The Multi-Storey Car Park operates on a pay-on-foot system, so you will need to pay at a machine before returning to your car.

Prices for parking at the Multi-Storey Car Park are:
0-3 hours - £5
3-4 hours - £25
4-6 hours - £40
6-8 hours - £80
8-12 hours - £120
12-24 hours - £200

Please be aware that lost tickets will be charged at the maximum £200 and clampers do operate on site, so please make sure you park in the designated car parks.

Road Traffic System

Please remember that the Road Traffic Act applies to all roads in the Market and that there is a speed limit of 20mph throughout the Market, unless otherwise indicated. Please also be aware of Fork Lift Trucks and pedestrians at all times.

Please go here to download a copy of our Traffic Management Policy.

Fruit & Vegetable WholesalersBuying in person


There are two principle ways to buy fruit and veg at the Market. Face-to-face buying is done with the wholesalers on the Buyers' Walk.

Here, each company has salesmen who stand behind the desk at the front of the unit. The salesmen will help you find what you are looking for. If you are paying cash, which is the usual method until an account has been established, you pay at the cash window. A porter will then put your order together so you can drive round and pick it up from the back of the unit.

Each company tends to specialise in something slightly different, from root veg or mushrooms, to herbs or 'exotics'. The produce is displayed at the front of the unit and is called the 'flash'. It is accepted and expected that buyers will touch, smell and sometimes taste before buying.

Opening and closing times of the Buyers' Walk are a little flexible and vary with wholesaler but the core hours are from midnight - 6:00am Monday - Saturday. The Buyers' Walk is not as loud or bustling a place as some new customers expect. You can approach any company and take your time to talk to wholesalers and get the right produce.

If you are looking to buy regularly at the Market you can arrange an introductory visit with us. Call us now on 020 7501 3495.

Visit our Traders Directory now to see a list of all our whoelsalers and to contact them directly.

Wholesale DistributorsDelivery to your door


Wholesale Distributors will deliver direct to your kitchen, shop, school, outside event, prison or pub... (the list is endless!).

Orders are taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, email or fax. With direct access to and close trading relationships with the wholesale market, our Wholesale Distributors have the pick of some of the finest produce in the world and will negotiate the best prices for you.

Many Wholesale Distributors will also slice, dice, wash, juice and prepare produce to suit your needs. Most offer an extended product range, including frozen, dairy, morning goods and dried goods.

With temperature-controlled warehouses and a fleet of delivery vehicles as standard, some companies offer deliveries up to three times a day.

Visit our Traders Directory now to see a list of all our wholesale distributors and to contact them directly.

Other Food Suppliers at New Covent Garden MarketOther food


Food at New Covent Garden Market is much more than just fruit & vegetables. With now over 25 companies specialising in other foods, the choice is extensive. We currently have companies on-site specialising in ice, cheese, meat, fish, sandwiches, dairy, wine and much, much more.

Visit our Traders Directory to see a list of our specialist food suppliers.

We are also an incubator of new start-ups with companies growing from small beginnings to award winning enterprises such as Fruit For The Office and The Pure Package.

We are also home to the UK’s largest wholesale flower market. With over 30 wholesalers stocking a vast array of inspirational product, New Covent Garden Flower Market is the market of choice for many of London's top florists. If you're looking to decorate your restaurant, café, hotel or shop window then take a visit to the Flower Market and be inspired by the fantastic variety of flowers, foliage, plants and sundries on offer.

Cafes and servicesCafés and Services

If you need a bacon butty or a hot cup of coffee to keep you going in the morning, then we have loads of cafés to choose from. These are dotted around the site in both the Fruit & Vegetable and Flower Markets.

There is also a Post Office on the West Bridge (in the Fruit & Vegetable Market) offering a full range of postal services.

Need help?

If you need any help getting started with the Market or you have any questions about becoming a new buyer or you're looking for a particular specialist item, then please contact the Market's dedicated Business Development & Support team who are here to help new and existing customers.

Tel: 020 75013489 Email: hannah.stafford@cgma.co.uk