The Flower Market Year – Simon Lycett
If you can bear the early morning hours then New Covent Garden Market in Vauxhall is one of my recommended London experiences. It is partly the early hours that make it great – the roads are relatively quiet and you have that sense of being in the city when almost nobody else is up and about. The flower market itself is an incredible place staffed by incredible characters.
Considering that they are mostly dealing with the pretty end of the retail spectrum the stands are largely staffed by men who know their product inside out but also always have the banter and chat to keep you entertained.
Simon Lycett is one of those people who is at the market every morning, although as a buyer rather than a vendor. The building location that Lycett documents in this book is now no longer and the flower market is combined within the the fruit, flower and vegetable market.
Being a seasonal product the offering of the flower market changes from day to day and from month to month. Lycett captures this changing rosta of produce and also the inspiring scale of the offering at New Covent Garden which although a minnow compared to some of the Dutch markets was still an impressive operation.
Alongside the account of the market and a year visiting it, Lycett also gives suggestions for floral choices and arrangements through the year.
Hardback. 192 pages.
17.8cm x 23.8cm x 2cm