There’s no doubt that East London’s Columbia Road flower market is the place to be on a Sunday, just a short walk away from Brick Lane’s PUMA YARD, it hosts live music, a farmers market, coffee pit stops, cafe’s and of course, the flower stalls overspilling with freshly cut or grown greenery. The sound of merchants trying to out shout each other is deafening as you walk down Columbia Road (GET YOUR ROSES £5 A BUNCH!), and always brings a smile to my face.
For lunch I stopped by Printers and Stationers, an old printing workshop converted into an eatery just off the square where you can watch the buskers play, it’s the perfect chill out spot for a beer a beer and pulled pork sandwich, as well as being just around the corner from the fresh Oyster bar. The flower market is open from 8am to 4pm on Sundays only.
Helpful tip: turn up around 4pm, closing time, for bunches of flowers for £2 or £3!