QVM may be the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere but there are other classic markets around the world and this week we focus on London’s famous Covent Garden.
Covent Garden comprises two markets, the Apple Market with British handmade arts and crafts and antiques, and the Jubilee Market with a variety of merchandise on sale. Originally a fruit and vegetable market, Covent garden was rebuilt in the 1970’s and re-opened in 1980 as Europe’s first specialty shopping centre and a major tourist attraction.
There is an interesting mix of modern retailers, general merchandise traders, craft carts and street vendors with some areas devoted to different types of merchandise on different days. The market aims to attract the UK's best crafts and antique traders. The main building was constructed around the mid 19thC so there are some architectural similarities with our QVM.