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Surround yourself with a scene of heavenly scents and a rainbow of colors at the Columbia Road Flower Market. Why not pick out a fresh bouquet for your London Perfect apartment?
This is a colorful market with a colorful past. Back in the 19th century Columbia Road was one of the roughest parts of London. The original Columbia Road Market sold food on Saturdays under a covered roof. It was meant to boost the local community, but failed to compete with the more established markets of the time.
It wasn’t until the trading day was moved to Sundays that Columbia Road began to take off. In the 1920s merchants were forced to specialise in the items they sold, and this is how the market became known for its cut flowers and plants. Since then the market has flourished and is still open every Sunday, rain or shine, to this day.
Columbia Road is London’s flower market. Bustling with blooms and endearing East End hawkers, the atmosphere here is as authentic as they come. Come for the flowers and stay for the people watching. In addition to tourists, the market attracts everyone from trendy hipsters with handlebar moustaches to families with young children. Pick up some traditional Cockney rhyming slang as you peruse each colorful stand and bring back a magnificent bouquet of freshly cut flowers to brighten up your apartment rental. Take a stroll down Columbia Road and enjoy the color and charm!
Aside from flowers, Columbia Road is home to no fewer than 60 independent shops. Look out for Angela Flander’s Perfumery for some heavenly scents, Bob and Blossom for some delightfully dinky children’s clothes and 1235 Donuts for a sugary treat!
Sundays 8.00am to 3.00pm
Continue a day of market shopping adventures at Brick Lane Market, also open on Sundays, or explore trendy Shoreditch after a visit to the Columbia Road Flower Market. Also nearby is one of London’s loveliest small museums, the Geffrye Museum, which is dedicated to English domestic and decorative design through beautifully curated period rooms dating form 1600 to present day.