When I go to the markets in London, I’m usually looking for food. From Broadway Market to Borough Market, Maltby Street Market to the Marylebone Farmers’ Market, I love browsing through the bright colors and fresh produce. But there’s one London market that doesn’t focus on food that still gives me the same feeling of excitement: the Columbia Road Flower Market.

Columbia Road Flower Market in London

Over in east London, the Columbia Road Flower Market is one of the city’s most colorful and lively markets. Every Sunday it welcomes visitors with fresh flowers, vines, plants, and all kinds of garden varietals.

Garden Shop at the Columbia Road Flower Market

From bright red roses to pink hydrangeas, purple pansies to spiky cacti, there is an amazing variety on offer. The narrow aisle between the two rows of stalls gets packed every weekend as the market’s vendors call out deals to encourage visitors to purchase their goods.

Columbia Road Flower Market in London

I’m here today to do just that, hoping to warm up my flat with pretty flowers as the weather cools down for autumn. I arrive early, knowing that the crowds will be thinner in the morning, and that the market closes at 2pm. I walk through the passage, taking in the colors and sounds as I try to decide whether to pick up bright yellow sunflowers or wild pink heather.

Shop at the Columbia Road Flower Market

When I come to the end, I walk back behind the stalls to browse the row of shops on Columbia Road. They’re all full of stylish home goods, lovely antiques, pretty art, and—this being a flower market—gardening tools and wares. It’s all so beautifully presented I want to wrap it up and let it unfold in my flat.

Shop at the Columbia Road Flower Market in London

Back out on Columbia Road, I walk down to Ezra Street, where there are market stalls selling everything from scarves to olives as the sound of live music drifts over from the buskers down the road. I walk past a pub with the mouth-watering scent of Sunday roast wafting from its doors, and eventually stop at Cafe Columbia for a smoked salmon bagel in the sunny back garden.

Oranges at the Columbia Road Flower Market in London

Eventually I plunge back into the flower market, which by this time has reached is noontime peak. It’s so crowded I can barely move, and I let the throng carry me by all the pretty roses and sunny daisies until I come upon the flowers I want: sunflowers. What better way to keep the sun shining in London?

Roses at the Columbia Road Flower Market in London

On the way back to the tube at Liverpool Street, I can’t resist a walk through Brick Lane’s food markets. While they have a very colorful array of goods on offer, I’m still glad I spent my morning at the Columbia Road Flower Market. I may not be able to eat the flowers, but I love the market just the same.

24 Comments on Lady at the Columbia Road Flower Market

  1. This is so pretty! I don’t go to farmers markets very often (I wish I went more), but I love flowers and vintage stores!

    – Ava

  2. This is the type of lovely places that I will go visit but not buy anything. I’m afraid I’m a horrible gardener, any plants/flowers that go through my hands is sure to die a terrible death 🙁

  3. A real treat for the eyes! Columbia road flower market is so pretty. London is a classic. There is so much to be amused with. But, I have heard it’s got too crowded and it’s scary to cross the roads. Is it true?

  4. I have been following your blog for quite some time. Not only I love your writing, I love your photographs as well. Plus I feel connected to my favourite city as well. Keep up.

    Cheers
    Being traveler

  5. I’ve been off the grid for a while now and you probably remember why, Lady. I’m thrilled to see you doing absolutely wonderful and continuing to take off with your success 🙂

  6. Such a lovely post! So descriptive that I felt I was there!

    So excited to read stuff like this as I’m moving to London in a month and want to soak in as much information as possible.

    I’m enjoying your blog, it’s so very inspiring!

    Cherie

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