On a wonderfully sunny and crisp Sunday morning, I made my way to east London for a lovely stroll through Columbia Road Flower Market.
Columbia Road Flower market is one of my favourite places to visit in east London (Brick Lane, Shoreditch & Hoxton are also an obvious must if you’re in the area). It’s perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon stroll, with a hot chocolate in hand and a hearty lunch in one of the great cafes nearby.
Flower sellers arrive from as early as four am to set up their stalls and from eight am every Sunday, the road is transformed into an oasis of flowers and colours! Everything from tiny trays of bedding plants to stunning bouquets of sunflowers and several feet high banana trees; Columbia Road has it all!
There is just so much choice that it’s incredibly hard to decide what to get. I always want one of everything to take back home! I used to actually live about thirty seconds away from Columbia Road and definitely miss the buzz and crowd that gather here every Sunday.
A lot of the flower sellers grow their own plants or import flowers from around the world so you find the most vivid of colours and shapes in this tiny corner of east London.
Walking through the market, you can’t miss the constant chants (in thick Cockney of course!) of the sellers, ‘Everything a fiver!’, that definitely adds to the charm of the market!
I fell in love with these tall, elegant, white lysichitons – perfect for my TV console table!
The market opened in 1869 and many of the sellers are second or third generation of their family to sell at the market! It’s always jam packed with Londoners and tourists alike! In fact, it’s also teeming with photographers and TV companies often film in this area.
Pretty content with my purchases of the day! Once you’re done with the market, the area is full of great pubs, cafes and restaurants to satisfy that built up appetite!
Although the market opens at eight am, I would recommend heading there around two or three pm when the market is about to close as the sellers cut their prices right down and you could find yourself with a gorgeous bouquet of lillies for just £1 or £2. The market is only open on Sundays!
Flowers, shrubs and plants aside, Columbia Road is also composed of sixty independent shops. Small art galleries, cup cake shops, vintage clothes stores, delis, garden (you will probably need pots for some of the plants you’ve purchased!) and antique shops all add to the quaint, vintage feel of the market.
The closest tube stations are Liverpool Street, Bethnal Green and Old Street and it’s about a ten to fifteen minute walk from all of these stations.
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