If you are looking for something interesting do in London on a sunny Sunday, why not head to the Columbia Road Flower Market in Hoxton. The market is located in east London and is fairly easy to reach on the London Overground, however be aware of the engineering works taking place during weekends. I also have to warn you, the market gets very very busy. It’s open on Sundays only from 8am -3pm so it’s best getting there as early as possible.
What’s at the Columbia Road Flower Market
First of all, flowers, lots and lots of beautiful and colourful flowers. The flowers that you will see in the market are mostly grown by the sellers themselves. They are freshly cut for the market and the scent is so intense you can smell it all way from Shoreditch.
Apart from the sea of flowers, as appropriate for the hip East London, there is an array of Victorian buildings housing vintage clothes shops, cute little cafes and cupcake shops. Check out the Cafe Columbia or Jones’s Diary, the display is mouthwatering.
Amidsts the scents and colours I also found a cute fabric shop, which I loved. It’s so colourful and inviting. The lady was very helpful and patient with me trying to choose a pattern for my skater skirt.
Of course there are English pubs and several of them. What’s a sunny Sunday afternoon without a pint in hand outside an old brew house.
What’s nearby the flower market?
If you are wondering what to do after you’ve visited the market, then you should check out the neighbourhood. The market is round the corner from the hipster Shoreditch. The legendary Spitalfields market is just a short walk away. Here you will find lots of great spots for lunch.
Check out Hoxton, the main road is dotted with cafes and if you are feeling cultural, you can pop into the wonderful Geffrye Museum exhibiting furniture and textiles from 1600 to the present day. Very cool museum and it’s free.
If you haven’t been to the market yet, I definitely recommend spending a lazy Sunday morning surrounded by flowers.
Have you been to the market? Did you like it? let me know in the comments below…
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