16 Feb 2016

Columbia Road Flower Market

A little while back I headed down South with my lovely friend (and partner in creative related exploring) Lisa for a whirlwind tour of London. We headed straight to Columbia Road to check out the weekly Sunday Flower Market. We have visited London quite a few times within the last year and it had been our intention to visit Columbia Road. However we kept getting distracted by the bright lights and experiences that London had on offer. As a result we ended up leaving it too late in the day and completely missed it. Open from 8am till 3pm-ish Columbia Road hosts a collection of 60 independent shops. From antiques, art galleries and food each quirky and completely different to the next. The market is situated in the East End of London and with Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Spitalfileds nearby there was plenty for us to do and explore. Many moons ago I visited Columbia Road and I absolutely loved it so I was very much looking forward to my return.


On our arrival to the street we were instantly drawn to towards the beautiful shop of Jessie Chorley. Jessie is a Designer/Maker specializing in embroidery and applique. You can see a strong vintage influence within her work and her passion for using 'found' materials makes her pieces that little bit more special. Each holds it's own bit of history. Her shop is a treasure trove full of loveliness, fantastic keepsakes for yourself or a gift for a loved one.  


The Flower Market itself is a sight to be seen, colourful, vibrant and full of life. Bursting at the seams full of floral delights roses, thistles, tulips and many more. Posies have been elegantly selected and bunched together  to compliment it's neighbour. It's a street full of colour, texture and full of beautiful aromas. There is so much to be seen and so much to buy but how do you chose?


If your not too hot with crowds I would probably give Columbia Road a miss on a Sunday. You will find yourself body against body trying to make your way from one end of the market to the other. You become part of a heard desperately trying to move forward and it can slightly tarnish the whole experience. I lost Lisa along the way however we were reunited once I had successfully navigated to the other end. Flowers in hand we then explored the variety of shops along the road. I love a bit of vintage and was glad to find a great selection of shops available. And of course I had to check out the wonderful Ryan Town (I'll be writing a separate post on this). After a bit of shopping we then headed to The Old George for a well deserved sit down and top notch Sunday lunch. A great way to finish off our Columbia Road Experience.


Have you ever been to the Columbia Road Flower Market?





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