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The Market Building in Covent Garden, London WC2E

The Market Building in Covent Garden is steeped in a great history that extends as far back as 1654. The market originally had no building; traders would set up their stalls there selling anything and everything to the general public, with no rules or regulations. This resulted in the area becoming unclean and a great cause for concern with commissioners for highways and sewers. As a result, the owner and 5th Earl of Bedford created a trader contract where traders had to pay a set amount to set up a stall in the market and could only sell fruit, flowers, roots or herbs to buyers. With the markets ever increasing popularity, the price for stalls rose from £5 to a staggering £2500 between 1670 and 1798. 

Today the market building, constructed to house and organize the many traders, is over 180 years old. Within its walls residents and visitors will find a vibrant, colourful, bustling environment. It’s a great place to find unique and quirky gifts that can’t be bought anywhere else in London, or you can simply sit and relax in one of its cafes, pubs or restaurants, lulled by talented street acts and opera singers. 

The best way to get to the market in Covent Garden is via the Underground to Covent Garden Tube station or car. Opening times from Monday to Friday are from 10am to 9pm. 

For information on properties for sale or to rent around The Market Building in Covent Garden, please contact CityWest Residential, leading estate agents in Westminster.

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