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A flower-lover’s paradise in east London

One of London’s most visually appealing markets, Columbia Road overflows with bucketfuls of beautiful flowers every Sunday. From 8am-3pm, market traders line the narrow street selling flowers, houseplants, herbs, bulbs and shrubs.

It’s worth shopping around, don’t be afraid to barter and prepare for it to get very busy. The market is popular with locals and tourists and during the midday rush is rammed with people elbowing their way to that perfect pot plant. If you can’t bear crowds or just want to guarantee the pick of the crop, arrive when the market opens.

When you’ve bought your blooms, head behind the stalls and down side streets to find cute cafés, independent restaurants, delis, shops, antique dealers, vintage stalls and small galleries, many of which follow the market’s opening hours. Pop into Jones Dairy Cafe for organic and local produce, treat yourself to a no-frills British bake at Treacle or sink a locally brewed pint at the Nelson’s Head.

Top tip:  For a bargain, visit when the market is winding down (around 2-3pm) because that’s when the traders reduce their prices to shift the remaining stock.

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Venue name: Columbia Road Flower Market
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Address: Columbia Rd
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Opening hours: Sun: 8am-3pm
Transport: Hoxton/Shoreditch High St Overground
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Tastemaker

Columbia Road Market is a go to place for those ticking off a "Must See in London Bucket List" and it absolutely should be. It is, however, rather a little bit of a victim of it's own success. Having been brought back to life in the 1980s it's popularity has grown so much that it's become a destination for many people just browsing rather than shopping. This has not diminished the quality of the product and the wonderful stall holders, full of banter and gip, but it means crowds and crowds of people - which can get rather unpleasant at times.


Despite this though, as you shuffle along with everyone else, you'll take in wonderful floral spectacles and hopefully the hardest decision you'll have that day is which plants or flowers you are possibly going to decide upon to take home! So not to put you off, this is a wonderful place to visit, but go prepared; travel light, please don't bring a baby in a buggy, or wear a large back-pack and don't expect to get through the stalls at a fast pace.


You can enjoy the surrounding area as well as there are plenty of local shops, cafes and pubs and a general feeling of happiness in a rather lovely East London setting. Also not too far, is Brick Lane, Spitalfields Market, The Geffrye Museum, Dennis Severs House and The Vietnamese Mile on Kingsland Road.

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tastemaker

It's particularly nice on a sunday to walk into Columbia Road. The flower market offers a large choice of fresh flowers. You can find any kind of flowers. Last time I went there, I felt in love with pink pineapple flower. Also shops of the street are cutes.

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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 http://bit.ly/1iS1wKX

tastemaker

I just love coming here on the weekend, it’s such a great way to start the day! Plenty of colour and a really lovely village atmosphere, definitely the sort of place you want to bring your camera to. I would recommend getting here first thing in the day, my boyfriend and I tend to visit the flower market at opening before grabbing breakfast in Shoreditch nearby – always makes for a nice lazy Sunday! Bouquets tend to start at about £5, I usually pay about half the price of flowers I would buy anywhere else in London. If you get there early enough, there are also some nice cafes along the road that always seem to be popular with visitors.

tastemaker

I hardly ever venture towards East London but when I wanted to try and make my own terrarium, my friend recommended picking up succulents and small plants at Columbia Road Flower Market for plantiful (get it?) choices at reasonable prices. Arriving at 10am, it was already busy with tourists but I wasn't put off as I just admired the stretch of stalls and the foliage they had to offer. After nabbing a bargain on the succulents, we popped into the cute shops and cafes along the road too to make a morning of it. It's definitely a London market I would recommend visiting if you're not too bothered by narrow spaces and crowds~

Tastemaker

I used to go to Columbia Road Flower Market all the time back when I lived 10 mins walk away from it but hadn't been in years. My boyfriend had never been anywhere further east than Old Street, bless him, so on the super sunny May bank holiday weekend, I decided to show him around. He absolutely loved it! It's an impressive plant market over the whole road and the adjacent streets. It's madly busy but, then again, it would be: surrounded by quirky shops selling anything from antiques to stationery, art or fashion, you will feel the pure relaxed atmosphere emanating from everywhere and everyone. The little cafes and American folk street bands are the cherries on top, helping to make the market a little time capsule that will make you smile, a lot.

tastemaker

It isn't a sunday in Hackney until you see hundreds of people walking around with bunches of flowers, and plants in pots. Arrive when the markets open at 8am to browse without a crowd, or wait until 3pm and try to nab a bargain. In all seasons and all weather, the Columbia Road Flower Market is the place to spend a Sunday. 

tastemaker

Sunday perfection! The market is open 8-3pm with bargains up for grabs towards the end. There are just enough flower and plant stalls to offer variety but not overwhelm, and permanent craft shops run down each side to peruse as well. Lastly, it is a honey trap for folk singing buskers which just tops off the fantastic vibe on a sunny day in London with lavender scents filling the air. Big Fan.

tastemaker

On the bus journey to Columbia road flower market the roads were empty and the streets were damp with a light drizzle but the minute I hit Shoreditch, there was a real buzz as the streets are filled with people carrying bunches of flowers and Christmas trees on their way back from the market.


I visited in the afternoon because I am working on a photography project and wanted to catch it while it was busy, I don't think I was prepared for just how busy it was as I had to fight my way through the crowds and found it hard to even stop to take a picture without being barged.


Being a flower market and with a street lined with cute cafes and book shops it obviously attracts people with their cameras but a lot of the market traders don't seem too impressed by this, one asked me to delete his photo as he was "fed up of people taking photos to put on Facebook" I was going to tell him that they would more likely end up on Instagram but didn't think he would appreciate it either way!


It is not just flowers on offer, there are other roads adjacent to the market that also have stalls and places to eat. I would love to go back in the warmer months but imagine it will be even busier then so would probably go later in the day as it is closing.

tastemaker

Heed my words dear reader - Get. There. Early. A hub of beautiful and aromatic flowers, herbs and all the plants you could ever want to buy at reasonably affordable prices. Be prepared though – this is one seriously popular market, especially on the weekend. Get there early or prepare to be crammed like sardines as you try and navigate around each and every beautiful stall. An experience, but not one I’m in any hurry to repeat.

tastemaker

This is perfect territory for those overseas family you are hosting who have jet lag so get up very early on a Sunday….. As the rest of London is waking up, this place is already bustling. We arrived at 8am and it was easy to get to using the overground. We got off at Hoxton and walked slowly over to Colombia Road. We didn’t actually set out to buy anything but just people watch.


For me this is the second time I had been to this market. The first time we went I could hardly walk down the market as the throngs of people meant it was like trekking through treacle. This time as we were so early we could walk freely and actually see everything. Definitely get there early. The shops at the sides have also upped their game selling beautiful plates, homeware and pots for plants and vases for flowers.


This place is perfect for rare flowers you dont see in your local supermarkets. It’s also great for a picture but some stalls say no photos so worth checking. Also its one of the last places you can hear a cockney twang.


Top tip: get there early and theres plenty of places you can get a breakfast bap from!

tastemaker

A really lovely way to spend a Sunday morning/afternoon. I would try to avoid midday where possible as it's peak time and almost impossible to navigate through the stalls. Apart from the crowds you can expect reasonably priced flowers, top class patter from the traders, a variety of live music and a plethora of quirky shops surrounding the market

tastemaker

A wonderful flower market! Do go later in the day around 4 to avoid the crowds and to get the reduced closing prices. Plants and flowers can be on the pricier side but I find they do last longer than those bought at florists or supermarkets. The market's chock a block on a bright sunny day, so choose a slightly overcast Sunday for a more peaceful affair. The shops along Columbia Road are also worth a good browse - all so unique! 

tastemaker

The best way to spend a sunny Sunday morning. I'd recommend either going early on or later on in the day. The pros of going early mean fewer people and the pros of going later are that you can get some good bargains. I didn't take my own advice and I went in the middle of the day. It was so busy and difficult to navigate through the small market area but I still managed to pick up some treats for a reasonable price.

They have a beautiful selection of flowers, potted plants, fruit plants and cacti. Definitely an Instagram-worthy market. Not the best place to go if you're nursing a hangover.

tastemaker

Nothing could be better than a Sunday surrounding by blooms! Columbia Road is my favourite flower market in London. Jam packed into a small street the sellers line both sides, leaving a tiny gap for people to weave their way through. Shouts of deals and sales echo through the air, with flowers, plants and cacti all on offer. I'd recommend heading over early afternoon as you'll get some bargains as stalls pack away and it'll also be a little quieter! Check out the beautiful flowers I picked up a few weeks ago ----

tastemaker

Love a Sunday stroll on the flower market. It's getting really busy, so be prepared to fight your way through crowds, but it has its own charm. Street musician, coffee, bloody mary, and the side shops that always surprise me with something new.. Can't wait for another Sunday x

tastemaker

Columbia road market, a stalwart of London life. Be prepared for crowds and don't bring a big backpack (which I did stupidly). Lots of deals to be had later in the day but you might not get your pick of the bunch (pun very much intended). There are lovely cafes, pubs and shops selling wares you don't need but can definitely see a place for in your home! Also, there are a nice selection of shops selling plant pots, if you happen to pick up any of these from the market. A visit to Columbia Road market for me almost definitely ends in a visit to the Cake Hole, a cute cafe in a vintage shop near the start of the market, serving fresh cakes and teas in vintage mismatched cups and saucers.

tastemaker

4 stars at midday, 5 stars at 9am! The flower market is great for a wide range of plants, bulbs and cut flowers, all at a good price. The stall holders know what is suitable for where, and can advise about caring for your plants. Also lots of cute shops, selling generally over-priced things you don't need but really want. These are particularly good at Christmas when they are all open late on a Wednesday and there is mulled wine all over the place. 

Definitely go visit, but get up early, otherwise it's you and everyone else in London and moving is impossible!

tastemaker

Whether you're a local or a visitor to London, this flower market is an absolute must-see.

Get there early - around 9am to avoid the crowds as come midday the place is packed out and very slow to move through.

The flower selections are utterly beautiful, from flowers for vases to small fruit trees for the garden, succulents and more!

It has a real London feel about it, banter between the stall-holders and the exchange of money for colourful plants - it is a feast for the eyes, nose and ears!

On every Sunday, take a trip to the market and wander the gorgeous indpendent shops behind the stalls on both sides. Numerous places for a weekend brunch or lunch too - suitable for all ages although those with buggies / toddlers should try to beat the crowds!

tastemaker

One of my favourite place in London, you can find almost any kind of flower here. The toughest time will be deciding which type of flower to buy. Love the quirky feel of the cafes as well, definitely a good place to spend a Sunday morning.

Tastemaker

Now officially one of my favourite places in London, Columbia Flower Market is open only on Sundays and about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station.


As you’d expect, the market sells all manners of flowers from lilies to roses to olive plants. Forget the supermarkets, this is the place to get all your floral needs even if you're in the middle of Winter.


Even if you're not into flowers,  it's more than just a flower market, it's a  morning/afternoon day in its own right.  What I really like about Columbia Road are the independent and boutique stores selling everything from potteries to perfumes and other quirky unique items around the flower market. You're likely to find something unique to take home here. Many of them have a Victorian facade which adds more charm to the street. It's hip, cool and wouldn’t look out of place in Shoreditch. 


Musicians play all genres of music including Bossa Nova to add to the already pleasant atmosphere. It's a proper East-End market too with vendors contesting for your attention and shouting all sort of deals to grab your attention ('Flowers for a fiver!').


The market isn’t very long but that’s ok as you’ll spend a lot of time stopping to admire and smell the beautiful flowers on display. I planned to stick around for only an hour. I ended staying for 2 hours. It can become crowded but not unbearably so.


It’s visually appealing, charming, and cute Columbia Market deserves to be on the list of those London hidden gems you have to visit.

Tastemaker

A visit to Columbia Road is like stepping into an Instagram picture, everywhere are splashes of colour; multicoloured roses, beautiful pink peonies, full hydrangea blooms, not to mention all the pot plants on offer, and that's just the market stalls. The street hosts some of the loveliest independent stores in the East End. A visit to this place has to be one of my favourite Sunday London pastimes. Amble on down the road in between the stalls and take in the calls of 'only a fiver' in a classic East-end accent, these guys are serious pros, after all the market has been going for generations. It's wonderful to think that it's still going strong after over a hundred years, having been moved from a Saturday to a Sunday back in the day to accommodate the needs of Jewish traders, with the sale of flowers stemming from the Huguenot settlers who had been ousted from France, this market is peppered with history. 


My top tip is to start your day at Spitalfields or Brick Lane before ambling through to Columbia Road. It gets super packed, so brace yourself to breathe in as you squeeze through the crowds, but that all adds to its charm. Drop into Cakehole at the top of the road for some fuel to see you through, they do delicious homemade scones. If you're not too bothered about having the cream of the flower crop, then I recommend going later on (2pm ish) when there are some bargains to be had and you have a little more bartering power as they're starting to pack up for the day. Once you've picked your bunches, pop into the Royal Oak for some much needed respite with a hearty meal and a craft ale. 


It doesn't matter what time of year you visit, this place never fails to please, obviously Summer boasts the best flower selection, but the Winter also doesn't disappoint. If you're around in December, I highly recommend visiting the street for their Christmas Wednesdays where the shops are open til 9pm, soak up some carols, grab a mulled wine, pat a real life donkey and get into the Christmas spirit!

Tastemaker

The busiest flower market in London is here. Be prepared to be squeezed among hundrends of flower-thirsty Londoners. Be also prepared to be hit at several times by people having bought a bunch of flowers that don't realise their length and end them up just in your face. You will be impressed from the variety of flowers, scents, colours and escpecially from the low prices. Along the whole street you will find great bargains on the already low prices. Bring cash of course with you and arrange to go after 2pm (less crowded, even more bargains). Lovely place even for coffee or just for the vibes in the near streets.


It's way too busy, and the flowers aren't great value - but they are gorgeous! With such a love of flora I can't help but give it 5 stars. What I enjoyed most are the more unusual offerings that you wouldn't get in your standard florist - for example I picked up some non-edible cabbages that look like a whitish green rose.. absolutely stunning. Definitely a bucket list item - just be prepared for crowds. 


This market is the perfect place to come on a Sunday afternoon. There are loads of lovely shops and cafes also.


Worth for the visuals of it, the colours everywhere and the sea of people; plus going later and getting beautiful flowers for "a fiver"


Magic place! You even don't need to buy flowers just having a walk with a coffee makes your day batter. It's crowded but it's London.

tastemaker

2 rules you must abide by at Columbia Road Flower Market


1) get cash before you arrive


2) keep calm and for gods sake don't wear a huge thick jumper. 


This is one of the nicest weekend activities you can ever indulge in. You can pick up huge, stunning bouquets of flowers for £10 and smaller bunches for as little as £1.50. Having been last weekend and spent £25.00 on four cactus', a massive bunch of 4 hydrangeas (one of which was given for free as it was deemed 'floppy' by the market seller), a flowering plant and some wildflowers its easy to see that CRFM is a bit of a bargain. Yes it's crowded, some weekends more than others but if you keep calm and don't push or shove (aka don't be an arse) then you'll have a whale of a time. Have a bargain with the stall holders and see what you can pick up!


There's also some lovely pubs dotted along the market and if you head halfway down there's a street feast style smorgasboard of tiny restaurants and yard sales dotted around a cobbled square. just lovely!!


My house looks like a florist and my boyfriends hayfever is out of control. But who cares! Flowers forever! 

Tastemaker

I think if i'd been in the market (so to speak) to buy flowers at the weekend i'd have been in my element at this flower market. There is a flower or plant for every occasion, every house, every colour palate and all priced somewhat reasonably. It's a lot like an East End style fruit and veg market with angry, bald flower selling men offering "sunflaaaaas for a foiivaaa" and having no qualms with shouting out insults to fussy customers. In fact, they really don't give a shit if you're offended - they just wanna sell their "flaaaaas" and be on their way by close at 2pm.

It's absolutely rammed here around 1pm so it's probably best to go early if you have a lot on your shopping list - those who don't have the patience for slow moving crowds, that means you too! I'll return again soon when i'm in need of some house plants or perhaps just want to treat myself to a bunch of something pretty.


Particularly now that spring has officially sprung, a couple of hours walking through this market on a sunny Sunday is a rapturous experience. A short walk from Hoxton or Shoreditch High Street, Columbia Road Flower Market has been a stalwart on the London market scene for many generations. Every Sunday from 8am ’til around 4pm, come rain or fall, the street is transformed into an oasis of flowers and foliage. Punters can find blooms by the bunch, plant pots big or small, and I even spotted a 10 foot tall banana tree. The market offers some of the best flowers, depending on the season, you can find sunflowers, roses, hydrangeas and much more.

The atmosphere is vibrant and the traditionally cockney vendors tempt their customers with outrageously cheap deals. The street floods with punters, from stylishly hungover adolescents to smitten couples, mums and dads and even the occasional pup being carried through the bustle by its owner. Don’t be too quick to head home once you’ve purchased your bargain blooms, Columbia Road offers much more than its wonderful flowers. The street is lined with quaint independent shops, cafes and pop-ups. You can find quirky art galleries sat next to small eateries and alternative vintage clothes shops. Check out Lee’s Seafoods at no 134- you are in for a treat of calamari or tempura prawns with sweet chilli and seafood sauce to drizzle and dip. And just when you thought East London couldn’t push the boundaries of cool any further… there is even a man selling coffee out of a hatch! A Sunday afternoon well spent, Columbia Road Flower Market is a quintessential London gem.

Tastemaker

Last Sunday, I walked down Columbia Road to visit the Flower Market for the first time. Looking like a small village; this street is absolutely lovely and is a great alternative to Brick Lane Market, where you can discover dozens of varieties of flowers (roses, lilies, orchids, lupin, etc), shrubs (olive, orange,lemon trees), fruit trees (strawberries, tomato plants) or even aromatic plants (thyme, rosemary, mint). I would recommend to visit the market quite early as it can be quite crowdy or if you're not afraid by the crowd to go after 1pm as you can make very good bargains. 

Tastemaker

For true London indulgence on a sunny Sunday, head to Columbia Road Flower Market where the vibe is chilled out and creative. It's just off the beaten track so go to Liverpool Street and have a nice walk up via Shoreditch and grab a coffee at one of the many shops on the street. It starts at 8am to 3pm each Sunday and I'd recommend going as early as possible because towards midday is absolutely chicken oriental. Flowers are cheaper than you're used to, and there's so, so, so many options, you will go wild! My favourites are the gorgeous coloured roses and I must confess I always end up spending around £20 (this time £8 on the light pink and £10 on the multi coloured) but they're always worth it...so many people asked me where the brightly coloured ones were from! After you've finished flower shopping from the many stalls, have a look at the little shops around the markets where you'll find vintage finds and garden treasures. My favourite is called Open House where they sell those wooden crates with Columbia Road on them which is perfect for gifts. There's also plenty of places to grab a coffee and a cake, Monmouth Coffee is sandwiched between two shops with just a hatch for service! And I love sitting on the curb just listening to live music. What more do you want from a Sunday?

Tastemaker

Columbia Road is one of my absolute favourite things to do in the whole of London. Yes, it means getting up on a Sunday when you're hungover, but you'll be greeted by great cafes and shops to browse in, plus a main drag of gorgeous flowers. The florist standowners are a bit cheeky (in a good way) so you can fully expect them to tell your boyfriend to "stop being so tight and buy the lady some flowers" etc. Handy, if you want someone to buy you flowers and all. The flowers are better quality in the morning, but cheaper in the early afternoon as the crowds die down. Nearest tube is Old Street but it's walkable from Hoxton overground too. 

Tastemaker

If you live in London, you've been here. If you haven't, then make your way! If you are a visiting- definitely mark this in the calendar. Every Sunday from early morning till 3-4pm- even if you don't buy anything, it is worth just to come and look at all the beautiful colours and smell the fragrance. Come a bit later towards the end and you'll get some amazing bargains! Flowers stay fresh for 10 days at least.

Tastemaker

A slightly out of the way gem in London. It does get very crowded first thing but is well worth a visit. Good shops as well as the flower stalls too

Tastemaker

I went recently for the first time and was surprised that I had never heard of it as a Londoner, everyone talks about Brik Lane and Portobello, but I think this market deserves as much credit. It is absolutely beautiful and surprisingly (mostly) affordable. The variety of flowers and plants is incredibly overwhelming and I left with 3 items I didn't have space for.

The only downfall, which is very difficult to overlook is how crowded it is, so if you have any problems with sharing your personal space perhaps it isn't a good idea (or try to get there as early as possible). I think more than the quantity of people it is how narrow the street actually is.

Tastemaker

Columbia Road Flower Market has become a venue that every Londoner has to visit. Even if you're not from London, it's earned the popularity it deserves and is well worth a trip into town to check out. 

However, I think it's very important to state If you don't like crowds, or people, or crowds of people – this might not be the place for you. 

It gets absolutely rammed. And I wouldn't be surprised if it were the trigger of Enochlophobia for some people. (Fear of crowds. See, you even learn something with my reviews!) 

Having said that, if you can look beyond the bustle, it may just become worthwhile. The hundreds of flowers and array of plants are absolutely stunning. Make your way along every stall before you make your choice as picking the best bunch shouldn't be a hasty decision. If you want a real bargain, get there as it's closing – as many sellers are willing to get rid of stock and it could see you walking away with three Orchid plants for 75p. Sunday's don't get better than that! 

Tastemaker

Columbia Road Flower Market is the perfect excuse to drag your hungover Sunday morning self out of bed and to enjoy a unique and tourist free pocket of London. 


Prepare for a huge array of vendors and flowers, all at reasonable prices; I got a bunch of stunning tulips for £3 and an orchid for a fiver. The colours, fragrances and calls from the vendors make it a buzzing, vibrant atmosphere. Even in the rain (though the downpour meant it was a little quieter than usual), this is the perfect way to get a nature fix in the middle of the city.


And with plenty of pubs, cafes and juice bars adorning the streets either side, you can finish your stroll with a pie and pint. 


Top Tip- make sure you check out the whole length of stalls before committing to purchase to make sure you get the best deal!


A place to make a habit of going and for the generations after to follow, just as I have succeeded my Parents ^^

Tastemaker

Columbia Road Flower Market is the most exciting way to spend your Sunday in London, maybe one of the best non-touristy places in London, perfect if you love strolling, and like most things, it's even better when it's sunny! You can feel you're nearby right in a 1 km radius as you'll see many people carrying flowers - loads of flowers! You'll get a big selection of flowers, spot some really unique sellers. Most people will be smiling, it can get really busy though but you know it so you'll expect it and you'll be patient, and you'll enjoy the walk! There are usually discounts before the market closes. You can combine your visit with brunch or coffee! There are also some awesome shops hidden behind the stalls, do pay a visit and you'll find hidden gems! Fried prawns seem to be a must snack, just on the shop around the middle of the market behind the stalls. Don't forget to turn at Ezra Street, only to find that this place is not only about flowers! Street performers, musicians, all kind of fashionably attired people, a vintage market and some nice places for coffee or brunch. Or just sit on the pavement and enjoy a takeaway coffee or drink and a chat with friends, if the weather is good enough. So, what are you doing next Sunday? 

Bonus: Columbia Road is amazing even during the rest of the week. You can admire the shops and have a nice stroll around! 
Tastemaker

This is the perfect place to spend your Sunday. I have been here on numerous occasions with friends who are brides to be to buy their wedding flowers to save them paying a premium on flowers because of the big W word. The variety and seasonal change is also brilliant both native and exotic. Great also for house warming gifts or for spoiling yourself. Don't forget to reward yourself with coffee, cake or a cheeky bagel, Cafe Columbia, Jones' Dairy and Treacle are all delicious. 

Tastemaker

This is easily one of my favourite places in London. I’d recommend it to someone just visiting or a seasoned Londoner. Don’t be fooled by the name, this market is way more than just flowers. Herbs, chillis, house plants, moss - you name it, they’ve got it! The vendors come chock full of character, I have yet to walk through the market without at least one of them making me smile. They all really know their stuff as well, don’t be shy definitely ask about the plants you’re getting if you’re unsure about them. If it’s cheap flowers you’re after head there at the end of a rainy Sunday to grab some great deals.

Tastemaker

I love coming here to daydream about the indoor plants I would have if only I had more space and green fingers.  However I basically come here on Sundays to see the different varieties of flowers, the herbs, the colours and the vibe!  Sometimes I actually do come here to buy flowers for myself.  Best time is post 2pm to get a bargain.  Otherwise it's also just a nice walk on Sundays.  If you go early it is just rammed.  Please can people not bring their prams / children with them, it is not the time nor place.  Thanks...


Sundays can be much happier and colourful - especially the sunny ones- when visiting this lovely flower market! The experience begins before arrival even while watching all the people coming from the same direction holding flowers- seems like part of a festival. And when you're finally there, things are even better: the colours, smells, buzz of the street and the shops nearby are overwhelming! Don't miss out on the opportunity for some real bargains near closing time (got an orchid for 5 pounds), but even if you don't want to buy anything, being there is still worth the visit!

Tastemaker

Columbia Flower Market is great! The place is always buzzing on Sundays, if you show up after 3pm they usually give you discounts on flowers and some stalls have the cutest cacti on sale. There are hundreds and hundreds of Christmas trees in winter, and the crowd keeps you warm when you're walking through the stalls. The little shops on the sides of the street are great too, either to buy pots and other homeware or for a quick coffee. Its busy even in the rain. If you're in the area, spend a tenner and brighten up your home with a new plant or some flowers. 

Tastemaker

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

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