Columbia Road Flower Market

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Last Sunday, I got myself up nauseatingly early to go to Columbia Road Flower Market with my friend Celine. It’s located just off Brick Lane and is pretty damn well-established. It was, after all, opened in 1869, so it’s been around a while. And yet sadly, age does not necessarily bring respectability, as demonstrated by some of the silver-haired vendors who practised the age-old sport we love so dearly: leering at anything and everything with legs.

Columbia Road is lovely though. Especially if you go early and on a sunny day: try to get there before 10.30am (it starts at 8am) or the place will be flooded with tourists. It feels fresh, vibrant, and animated: expect live music and buskers. The street is lined with loads of little coffee shops and food stalls, so it's certainly not short of places to grab a bite to eat. And since it's just round the corner from Brick Lane, you need not fear: bagels are near.
  
If nothing else, the market will provide you with an infinite supply of flower photos - all, I'm sure, well worthy of Instagram.


The BEST primroses.
Celine
Hawaian shirt and gold bling. Like it or not, the guy's got swagger.
Quirky coffee shops and vintage clothes stores line the street.


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