Every summer, the Covent Garden Area Trust holds its annual Rent Ceremony in old Covent Garden Market. A “peppercorn” rent of five red apples and five posies of flowers is presented to the freehold owners of the Protected Lands, symbolically satisfying the requirements for the creation of a legal contract.
This year, the quirky procession took place on the 2 July and included the Town Crier, a string quartet, unicyclists, a ‘giant’ man on stilts, as well as the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Ruth Bush, and the Deputy Mayor of Camden, Sabrina Francis.
Starting in King Street, partakers and spectators alike make their way to Covent Garden piazza, much to the amusement (and sometimes bemusement) of visitors and tourists. The ceremony ends with the symbolic handing over of apples and flowers and speeches from the Town Crier and Lord Mayor. We’d like to thank everyone who made this year’s ceremony a resounding success, including Petersham Nurseries who kindly donated the posies of flowers.