Columbia Road Flower Market

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Columbia Road and Flower Market, Shoreditch, London, UK
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Columbia Road Flower Market

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One of London’s most visually appealing markets, Columbia Road overflows with bucketfuls of beautiful flowers every Sunday. There are bulbs, herbs, shrubs and bedding plants too. Alongside the Sunday market you’ll find a host of independent galleries and shops selling pottery, perfume and the like – many of them are only open at the weekends, and they often shut up shop with the market at 3pm. Turn up as things start to wind down at around 2pm for the best bargains, or as early as humanly possible if you want to guarantee yourself the pick of the crop.

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Venue name: Columbia Road Flower Market
Address: Columbia Rd
E2 7RG
Opening hours: Sun 8am-3pm
Transport: Overground: Hoxton/Shoreditch High St Tube: Old Street
Price: Sun 8am-3pm

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Lizzie W

A must on a sunny Sunday morning.

The buzz and atmosphere is great, the flowers beautiful - really good stroll! Some flowers seem like a bargain, some a rip off! Tonnes of small drinks vendors tucked in the between shops behind the flower market - coffee and juices. I had the nicest carrot, Apple and ginger juice!
Apparently good places around for cake or breakfast but I didn't spot any as was so busy.
Can't wait to return to buy some flowers. My friend bought a beautiful orchid for her mum for £5!

Daniele T
Staff Writer

A great Sunday outing, not really for the flowers but for the buzz surrounding the market - a London hipster casbah. 

Suzie J

One of my favourite markets in London and if you go around 2pm there are some real bargains to be had! If you are a budding photographer there are some amazing photo ops

Allan Watkins

My husband & have been searching for a London market to visit and the description, especially the pictures have certainly inspired us to take a trip! It definitely looks worthy of a day out, offering something very different for even the most conservative of market shoppers, who even have the option to become connoisseur's of the local art world as well as hardened tea drinkers! Looking forward to it!


Wonderful way to spend a sunday afternoon. Its a vibrant piece of traditional London markets, completely with lots of yelling and haggling! If you show up between 4-5pm you can get some really great deals! Also, there are a tonne of pubs and restaurants along the strip that have excellent food at a variety of costs from cheap street food to classy sit down meals. Not to be missed.


Make sure you go at the right time to the Columbia Road Flower Market at the right time! When I went I slightly misjudged it and arrived a bit late. However, I was still really impressed with the variety and quality of flowers. It is a very beautiful and inspiring sight! Not to be missed.

fiona mcmillan

This is a wonderful morning out - we went on a sunny summer's morning and it truly lifts the spirits. You can get a massive bunch of the most divine smelling flowers for a song, and you get a sense that the market hasn't changed conceptually for decades. The shops around the area are great too - lots of quirky ones to explore and I picked a wonderful dinner set in one of these, again for a bargain. This is a real market for Londoners, and brings something that has been lost from some of the other markets.

Becky C

If you're looking for a proper, old-fashioned, East End London market, Columbia Road is your place. The air is thick with Cockney accents advertising their bargainous wares (huge bunches of lilies for £5!) and there around some wonderful little cafes and boutiques dotted around if you fancy escaping the crowds for a minute or two.