Fortunately, some wonderful photos from the 1960's and 1970's have been published in Frances Lincoln's book Old Covent Garden.
Barrow boys must have pulled carts of fruits and veg through the streets of London just as this fellow did.
Shrewd traders struck deals, money exchanged hands...
Even the cart horses bargained for apples!
My romantic notions of old Covent Garden were shattered when I saw this photo of the Flower Ladies. I was hoping they would be a bit more Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle.