The Covent Garden Flower Market is held every Saturday morning from midday until the early afternoon. It is located on Great Henry Road, behind Covent Garden railings and right by the River Oxenham. On a hot summer’s day, there is hardly a person who does not wish to stroll along this market place and admire the flowers while listening to live performances by local artists, accompanied by flower and garden vendors. A short walk will bring you to the Rose Garden, where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch in one of the many cafe restaurants.
The market is a huge multi-storey structure with over two hundred flower shops selling everything you could imagine in flower bulbs, arrangements, herbal remedies, plants, fresh fruit and vegetables. It is also here that you can find some of the best florists in London. On a cool autumn day, the market is covered with lavender, geraniums, roses, sunflowers, honeysuckle and many other varieties. There is something for everyone here, from young children to the old. If you are planning to buy flowers at the Flower Market, follow these easy guidelines.
What can the public visit? Well, they can visit the Rose Garden to admire the flowers, and the performers. They can also visit the Shops at Covent Garden to purchase flowers, plants, gardening tools and accessories. There are four restaurants in the area and they serve lunch and dinner daily. However, you cannot buy any food or drink from any of the restaurants, except from the stalls that are set outside the flower shops.
The Rose Garden is a great attraction to all kinds of visitors. Even if you do not like flowers, you will definitely be enthralled by the various flowers and plants, which are for sale. It is the main attraction of the Covent Garden flower garden and has over three thousand different flowers. There are also several gardens where visitors can get a closer look at the flowers growing in the flower beds.
The gardens range in price from ten pounds for herbs and vegetables to one hundred and fifty pounds for exotic flowers. There are also fruit trees and flowers in several gardens. You can purchase any kind of plant from the flower shop and can also take a vegetable tour to the vegetable patch where the plants grow. These tours are available all through the year.
There are also many other attractions in and around the Covent Garden flower market. There are performers doing jugglers, magic shows and puppet shows. There are also craft stalls where you can buy some interesting knickknacks and souvenirs. For antique shopping, you can stop by the exclusive Piccadilly Circus Flower Market. This market is open on Sunday’s only. Other markets include the Covent Garden Grand Market, which is open every Saturday.
There is also an indoor fish show where the ornamental fish are swimming around in their ponds. You can have a close look at the peacock fish that come to dangle from the top of the ponds. There are also displays on cooking techniques and fruit and vegetable preserving. You can buy fresh eggs, organic meat and vegetable and whole hams. These gardens also sell flower bulbs, vegetables and herbs from their gift shops.
On a more serious note, you can try your hand at flower care. You can join a flower care group or learn how to preserve flowers by enrolling in a flower gardening course. Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements with flower shops. On a more fun note, you can visit the cafes and restaurants where flower arrangements are sold. Even the Queen, Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton, have all visited the flower shops in Covent Garden.