Sunday – great weather and perfect day to have a walk along Columbia Road Flower Market.
My walk started from Bethnal Green station.
Then towards Bethanl Green Road. The first stop can be at the pub The Sun, nice vintage interior.
Walk into Ellsworth Street toward Old Bethnal Green Road.
Then Durant Street, passing streets with coloured houses toward Jesus Green.
Columbia Road Flower Market!
It is famous for a fantastic range of flowers, herbs and even fruit trees. There is a lovely smell of flowers, coffee, food and lots of music, and flower sellers shouting “Two for Fiver!”. If you are in London, that’s a must see place, only on Sunday, even if you are not planning to buy flowers.
Shops and stalls:
On Columbia Road you can find many small shops, which are open only on Sunday or special evenings just before Christmas. You can find here plenty of ideas for gifts and presents and many hidden items from vintage items to household, makeup, pottery, children’s clothes, toys, hats to paintings and street art.
One of my favourites is Nelly Duff – a must see gallery, which sells great Street Art, graphics and illustrations. Check out the website to have a look yourself. Nelly Duff
There is no need for introduction, but you can find a range of flowers from around the world. Just before the closing time, the prices can go really down and you can grab a bargain.
Food and Coffee:
It’s great to arrive here at lunch time. You can have yummy fresh bagels or rolls, or some British cakes. Lots of traditional good quality food or Italian and Portugese kitchen. You can also buy some great olives or cheese, but if you fancy to sit down for a coffee, you have to wait for a chair or you can just sit down on the pavement and listen to live musicians.
Here, you can listen to The Hightown Crows Live:
If you have a good eye, you can find Street Art yourself, such as Pablo Delgado and Banksy.
Find me here next time!