Columbia Road Flower Market, London

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Every Sunday morning Columbia Road in London transforms into a living, breathing sanctuary of flowers, music and coffee. It's a magical place for many long-time Londoners who like to spend their Sunday mornings slowly moving through the flower-hungry crowds in search of a splash of colour and sweetness to brighten up their London living rooms for the week ahead...

Columbia Road Flower Market - London

SEE - buckets of red, pink and peach roses, cactus, ferns, posies, tulips and more. Stands overflowing with sweet-smelling peonies, a blur of colour in every direction. Cherry blossoms are the flavour of the day with people everywhere hugging their dark stems and delicate pick flowers...

SMELL - the air is laced with the smell of fresh cut grass intertwined with the sweetness. Bursts of lavender punch through delicate rose...

TASTE - the lingering bitterness of coffee and flower fragrance in the air...

HEAR - excited chatter as people do their best to bargain, cheerful flower sellers compete with each other to shout out their best deal, children hum and the notes of soulful folk music wind through the crowds...

TOUCH - flower petals brush my cheek as I meander my way through the market, burying my nose in as many bunches of flowers that I dare...

Columbia Road Flower Market - London

Columbia Road Flower Market - London

The important stuff...
  • Columbia Road Flower Market and nearby boutique shops are open every Sunday from 8am to about 3pm
  • Arrive early to get the pick of the bunch
  • Arrive late to get the best deals
  • Bring cash
  • Columbia Road is in East End London, close to Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Spitalfields - so you can really make a day of it with all the trendy East Londoners!
  • My favourite way to arrive is via Liverpool Street station (about a 20 minute walk). Along the way take a stroll down Boundary Passage and Old Nichol Street and pause at Albion for brunch. The bread, eggs and pastries are amazing!

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7 comments

  1. Great photos, I love the market but it gets so busy!

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    1. If you get there really early it's not too bad. Though I think I might be used to the London crowds these days!!

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  2. Such beautiful descriptions of the market - I really felt like I was there! Despite all these years in London, I've only been to this market once. I'd love to go again as aside from the flowers and stalls ^ shops, I love all the little cafes in the area too ☺

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    1. Definitely go back. East London is just getting better and better!

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  3. More pictures in colour please! :)

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    1. I actually have tonnes Joanna but didn't want to bore you all with flower photographs!

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  4. I've been there just once, it was so overcrowded, but I loved the vibe and live music around the corner ;)

    Katya Jackson
    OK But First Coffee - London, Coffee and Mobile Photography

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