Columbia Road Flower Market in London’s East End is one of the most unique and enjoyable shopping experiences in the city. It is a flower market with an international reputation for the quality and range of flowers and plants on offer. It isn’t just a place to go and buy flowers, though, as the whole street delivers a shopping experience that is unrivalled.
The Columbia Road Flower Market’s website describes it best when it says that everyone involved in the market experience, from the stall traders to the shop proprietors, refuses to be “dictated to by a retail world where the sense of fun has all but gone”.
At Columbia Road Flower Market you will have loads of fun.
The market is steeped in history, and it has gone through many ups and downs through the decades. Since the 1980s, however, it has been firmly established as a flower market that is worth visiting.
It’s located on Columbia Road with traders lining the street – many of them have had stalls at the market since the 1970s and 1980s. A lot of the plants and flowers are grown by the stall traders, plus you can also find other stalls featuring imported products.
It’s a feast of colour, scents, noise, and bustle that is a fantastic escape from the formulaic garden centres and retailers that normally sell these types of products.
There’s more though, as Columbia Road Flower Market is not just about the flower stalls. The permanent shops on the street itself is just as interesting as the market, and many people visit the area to browse these shops. You will find antiques dealers, boutique clothing shops, small cafes, bakeries, comfortable bars, and quaint restaurants. It’s these shops, as much as the flower market on the streets outside, that turn a visit to Columbia Road Flower Market from a shopping trip into a London experience.
Additional information about the Columbia Road Flower Market
The Columbia Road Flower Market is only open on Sundays, from 8am until about 3pm. You can visit the shops on Columbia Road on any day of the week. The location is easy to get to in London’s East End, close to Spitalfields and Brick Lane.
If you love plants and flowers, or if you simply want an individual and unique London retail experience, you’ll find Columbia Road Flower Market is hard to beat.
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