Columbia Road Flower Market
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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|Opening hours:||8am-3pm Sun|
|Transport:||Hoxton/Shoreditch High St Overground|
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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
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.
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.
A place to make a habit of going and for the generations after to follow, just as I have succeeded my Parents ^^
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!
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.
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.
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.