A colourful Sunday morning in East London
Sunday morning. East London, Columbia Road.
There’s something in the air, something intense, vibrant. The street comes alive on Sunday, it’s like transformed into a heaven of colours, flowers and there’s a vivacious atmosphere: it’s the Columbia Road flower market!
Everywhere you look you can see people carrying flowers and plants, hear the chant of the street artists, feel the scent of the flowers, the protagonists of this market.
There are bulbs, bedding plants, herbs and an incredible range of cut flowers that you can buy for a few pounds.
If you get there at 9 o’clock, it’s already crowded with shoppers.
Traders arrive from 4 am to set up their stalls. Some of them grow their own plants, others import the flowers. I had the opportunity to speak with one of these flower sellers who told me that many of them are the second or third generation in their family to sell at the market.
The market only takes place on Sundays, from 8 am to 2 pm. Peak time is between 11 am – 1 pm, so get there very early if you want to avoid the crowds!
The market also includes a lot of independent shops in the street. Alongside the stalls you can find art galleries, vintage clothes stores, antiques next to bakeries, cup cake shops and pubs.
Now one of the top touristic destinations, it came into existence in 1869, quite small, but already wonderful.
I visited it for the first time in January and it became my favourite market in London right away, like a ritual on a Sunday morning.
If you like flowers and plants or enjoy street photography this is the right place to go!
I’m sure you certainly fall in love with it 😉
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