Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market is a favourite destination for Londoners and tourists. It’s tucked behind some quiet streets near Bethnal Green Road.

The first visit can be overwhelming, as the crowds are so thick you will barely be able to move. Its best to avoid bringing small children and pets unless you are prepared to carry them. Arriving early will also avoid the worst of the crowds.

The flowers are surprisingly very reasonably priced, with many of the stalls doing deals such as three bunches for £10. I spotted ranunculus, crespida and mimosa at this price, and other flowers such as tulips and hyacinths are cheaper. You may be able to haggle if you are buying a large amount of flowers.

There are also specialist stalls selling succulents and every type of herb you can think of.

There are lots of interesting shops lining the street also, selling furniture, cards, cakes and vintage goods.My favourite is Jessie Chorley, a beautiful atmospheric shop  full of antique finds, embroidery pieces and other goodies.

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