Covent Garden Market, Westminster, London. Open daily. Free entry.
The whole site is wheelchair accessible, with the ground floor being entirely flat and upper areas accessed via ramps. Some areas are cobbled.
There is Pay and Display parking on the surrounding streets - Henrietta Street, Southampton Street and Tavistock Street - and there is an NCP car park on Drury Lane (WC2B 5NT). There are no designated disability spaces.
Inside the Market Building there are the 2theloo bathrooms costing £1. There also are toilets on either side of the portico by St Paul’s church that cost 50p. Disability toilet facilities are in Tavistock Court to the side of Jubilee Market.
Sadly, there is no Shopmobility motorised scooter hire in central London, (please see http://www.transportforall.org.uk/personal/mobility/ ) however, all of the latest-built taxes and buses must be disability accessible. The one exception to this is the No.15 London heritage route which runs with the iconic old AEC Routemaster double-decker bus (built between the 1950s and 1960s) which has a rear open entrance to enable passengers to get on and off quickly.
The former Covent Garden apple market building was erected in 1830 on the site of the open air fruit and vegetable market. Additions were completed over time as demand for space grew. The fruit and vegetable market has been relocated three miles south of the Thames at Nine Elms with this original site now becoming a popular shopping and tourist area with cafes, pubs, small shops and a craft market called the Apple Market.
Covent Garden, London, Greater London, WC2E 8RF
020 7420 5856
Monday - Saturday: 10am–8pm
For the market building and piazza Covent Garden tube station (Piccadilly Line) is closest at around 50 meters away at the end of James Street.
The London Congestion Charge Zone runs from Monday to Friday and motorists have ample signage to alert them to the entry points; only vehicles that are registered by the DVLA as ‘Disabled Tax-Exempt’ are NOT liable to the Charge. Disabled Tax-Exempt drivers can also use the Dartford Crossing without charge. The tunnel is a river crossing to the east of London which links the north and south of the M25 orbital motorway. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) automatically identifies the registration number plate of these vehicles so that their owners do not need to take any additional action.
If travelling by car, for specific directions it is best to use a satnav, but please be aware that the route may take you in and out of the Central London Congestion Charge zone. It is best to approach Central London using public transport.
There is an excellent public transport system throughout London and Greater London. For more information on buses, trains (including the Tube), airports and river traffic please contact Transport For London on 0343 222 1234 (Textphone 0800 112 3456). For further details on accessible services please see the website: https://tfl.gov.uk/
There are many places to eat and drink within the Covent Garden market area with further refreshments and shopping available in the immediate vicinity.
NB London ULTRA-LOW EMISSION ZONE
This started on 8 April 2019 in the Central London Congestion Charge Zone, and will extend to the whole of the London area within the
M25 Motorway from 25 October 2021.
For more details please see: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/check-your-vehicle-35896
Vehicles registered with a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax class will benefit from a grace period after the ULEZ starts until 26 October 2025 as long as their vehicle doesn't change tax class, and this also applies to a 'disabled' vehicle registered outside the UK.