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Columbia Road Flower Market

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  • sunday morning
  • beautiful market
  • coffee
  • bouquets
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  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    From 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday, the flowers and plants up for sale are some of the best (and cheapest) around. Arrive early to avoid the crowds. Blooming marvelous. Read more
  • Brad T.
    Brad TubbSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early (before 9am) if you want the best choice of flowers, or late (after 14:30) if you want the best deals. Gets really busy, so avoid bringing pets or pushchairs if you can help it
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 3, 2015
    If you find yourself in East London on a Sunday, the flower market on Columbia Road can’t be missed. Peruse through hundreds of fresh bouquets and succulents sold by aggressively brash “barrow boys." Read more
  • S Marks The Spots
    S Marks The SpotsDecember 13, 2013
    One of the beautiful markets in London! Open on Sundays between 8.00-15.00; come early to avoid crowds. Apart from the gorgeous flower stalls, there are great vintage shops and cute cafes nearby. Read more
  • Asli Y.
    Asli YunusogluDecember 29, 2013
    This area may be a bit rough but once you walk the 'spooky' walk from the station, you will find yourself in this flower lovers' paradise! <3 There's also live music, food and some shops as bonus!
  • Shamsa L.
    Shamsa LootahFebruary 14, 2016
    Very beautiful Sunday market open 8-3pm. Can get really crowded so come early to enjoy it then walk around the area. Nice shops & cafes
  • Antal János M.
    Antal János MonoriAugust 22, 2015
    Wonderful and must visit flower market on a weekend! Don't stand in front of people as they get easily pissed off (understandable, as tourists tend to take pictures from all the spots!).
  • micah d
    micah dApril 19, 2016
    Love it. There's nothing like it in New York where I live now. I miss it every Sunday. Go early before it gets packed!
  • Brad T.
    Brad TFebruary 17, 2015
    Plants, flowers and the pots to go with some cool vintage cocktail glasses on the side...can all be found here. A good day spent. Now if only the street was 10x wider.
  • Jimmy H.
    Jimmy HaMarch 18, 2014
    Come here on Sunday mornings, and the whole block is lined with very loud flower sellers, but it's fun to come and see all the colors and sights and definitely smells. Gets VERY crowded.
  • Amy
    AmyFebruary 21
    This is my favourite thing to do on a Sunday, grab a coffee - potter through the shops and look and smell the flowers. Look out for the pearly kings and queens (google this).
  • Kimberley C.
    Kimberley ChanAugust 30, 2015
    One of my favourite places in London. Very crowded but a fantastic atmosphere – if you go later at around 3pm, you can pick up some bargain on flowers and plant.
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CruickshankJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Quintessential London experience. Grab a coffee, investigate the quirky shops, wander the market listening to the banter between the stall owners and go home with a selection of flowers.
  • Dimitra L.
    Dimitra L.May 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful Sunday strolls across Columbia Road. Feel the vibe of the flower market and don't miss these tiny vertical streets with the hidden markets and coffee shops.
  • Const H.
    Const HtFebruary 9, 2016
    Go there around 2pm to get the first discounts at the closing of the market. Take a look to all the decoration shops on the street, it's lovely!
  • George J.
    George JohnsonMarch 25, 2012
    love this place - a proper east end market. Parking is a nightmare - make sure you dont park in Residents Only spots. When you do find a parking place its free for 2 hours
  • Chris H.
    Chris HainesFebruary 1, 2016
    A lovely flower market with a huge variety of flower types. Very friendly sellers and good value for a lot of the deals they offer here.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatFebruary 25, 2014
    If you want to experience a market full of sweet scents, this is your ideal flower market and one of the best in Hackney!
  • Liis R.
    Liis RosenbergSeptember 22, 2015
    That's the perfect place to kickstart a good Sunday. Get there early to avoid biggest crowds and just wonder around this beautiful busy street.
  • Danya J.
    Danya JimenezMarch 22, 2015
    Loved the atmosphere. Great food too. It does get crowded after 10:30 and it's hard to walk.
  • David R.
    David RobertsMay 16, 2011
    One of the most beautiful Sunday market walks you could hope for, don't ignore the surrounding shops and cafes which are all delightful and there all week. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmSeptember 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Lots of gorgeous flowers and plants on sale. The vendors will cut you a deal - succulents abound!
  • Alexia K.
    Alexia KApril 1
    Excellent for getting the gist of east London colorful plethora of flowers an shrewd cafes. A must for tourists and londoners
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HemesAugust 11, 2014
    Arrive early! It was busy by 10am. Incredible amount of flowers and plants for sale in such a small space!
  • Antal János M.
    Antal János MonoriJuly 23, 2016
    Come here on the weekends! The street in itself is beautiful and has many designer shops!
  • Dan R.
    Dan RApril 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A wonderful way to spend a Sunday. Grab the best deals towards the late afternoon just as everyone is packing up 💐
  • Anikan S.
    Anikan SkaiwalkaMarch 27, 2016
    Little shops around, the colors. Can get quite busy and crowded so u need lots of relaxing thoughts
  • Julia K.
    Julia KateAugust 28, 2016
    Get there before the midday madness, take your camera & be prepared to husdle with the crowd but it will be worth it!
  • naranjaimpar
    naranjaimparJune 18, 2016
    Flower market with vintage furniture as well on Sunday mornings, try to go so early and have breakfast there.
  • Donald S.
    Donald SteelFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It is the place to browse the stalls then warm up with great coffee, fresh oysters and smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels yum!
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren Rubin TileyFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Show up Sunday morning and browse the flowers and the small shops along the road only open during market hours. Great finds.
  • Tom E.
    Tom EdwardsNovember 8, 2015
    Surprisingly small but amazingly vibrant. Full of unusual flowers, plants and bulbs. Bargain prices. Cash only. Very crowded after 10am.
  • Justin
    JustinMarch 13, 2016
    Incredibly crowded, colourful, wonderful smelling market. Bargain bouquets, although worth a visit just for the experience!
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchOctober 12, 2011
    On Sundays, Columbia Road transforms into an incredible flower market where you can find everything from fresh cut stems to ten-foot tall banana trees.
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    This half-mile street, just east of Shoreditch, is most noted for a flower market dating back to 1869. Held on Sundays (8am to 3pm)... Read more
  • Pieter d.
    Pieter de MeerSeptember 28, 2015
    Expect crowds. Also worth visiting on saturday, no flowers but some amazing vintage shops, boutiques and galleries.
  • Louise W.
    Louise WillettNovember 11, 2016
    get there really early to beat the crowd, or close to closing time for some bargains - go to lily vanilli for sustenance!
  • Justin G.
    Justin GaughanAugust 17, 2014
    Good, cheap flowers, plants and herbs. Go around 14:25 to get the discounts.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChooAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Go early to avoid the crowd and have first dibs on the best flowers or go late to grab a bargain.
  • Laurent A.
    Laurent ArnoneMay 5, 2013
    Great colours, diversity of flowers and styles...but AVOOIIID luch time, it is soooo packed! Enjoy !;)
  • Bojana N.
    Bojana NikolićApril 15, 2015
    Great place to buy orchids, beautiful range and ok price!
  • Gerry B.
    Gerry BolgerMay 5, 2013
    Great place from ants to eclectic goods. Come late towards 1330 and plants get bargained off
  • Yun L.
    Yun LimMay 28, 2015
    Lots of nice flowers here at good prices. Makes it hard to buy flowers from the high street again!
  • Rankdesk M.
    Rankdesk ManagerDecember 31, 2011
    When in a rush, walk on the pavement between the shops and the back of the stalls for a quicker way through the market!
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LincolnMay 25, 2016
    Very very crowded on sunny Sundays, but still a relaxed atmosphere. Lovely flowers, if a little overpriced.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SmallwoodSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing market all year round. Grab a coffee at one end and finish with a pint at the other
    BrokeinLondon.comDecember 22, 2013
    If you come late in the day you can get some great deals when the stalls are closing up. Read more
  • ben b.
    ben baileyJanuary 26, 2014
    Get your coffee here at the Terrace (hole in the wall)!
  • Sadaf T.
    Sadaf TabatabaeiFebruary 7, 2016
    Every Sunday in Colombia street, be early to avoid crowds. 🌷🌹💐
  • Tee
    TeeFebruary 11, 2015
    Best to get here for around 3pm, when the crowds start to clear and prices start going down.
  • Johan B.
    Johan BasbergMarch 27, 2014
    Watch out for pick pockets. My wife lost phone and wallet from purse while walking past the flowers.
  • Ekaterina S.
    Ekaterina SkorobogatovaJanuary 27, 2016
    Sunday middays and afternoons - afternoons are the best as you are hitting the evening trade with bunches/5 GBP
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GautierOctober 20, 2014
    Bargain flowers if you can deal with the crowds - extra cheap post 2pm but fewer people@before 10am
  • Vic M.
    Vic McGinSeptember 29, 2015
    Get in early! Play pedigree Dog and yummy mummy bingo. Saying that - it's actually a great morning out.
  • Lorena R.
    Lorena RamliSeptember 28, 2014
    Come as early as 8am! Or... (see photo)
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FairleyOctober 8, 2009
    Columbia Road flower market is every Sunday morning on Columbia Road (duh) in Shoreditch. Get there early, before 8am for best deals/best photos. Also great place to check out galleries, curioso-store
  • Alsana Y.
    Alsana YaseenOctober 11, 2016
    The flowers more expensive than the normal shops but is nice to go and be surrounded by flowers.
  • Phil C.
    Phil ClampSeptember 2, 2014
    Always nice on a sleepy Sunday, some quaint little shops surround the market which I adore.
  • Frau G.
    Frau GrylOctober 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Come late in the afternoon - 4 or 5 - to get yourself a bargain.
  • Const H.
    Const HtJune 5, 2016
    Even before the discounts of the end, the flowers and trees are beautiful and cheap
  • Claudia B.
    Claudia BMay 3, 2015
    Great, buzzy London atmosphere
  • Susan L.
    Susan LuebkeApril 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Please, don't bring your luggage - especially late in the day; its jam packed shoulder 2 shoulder with looky loos
  • andrea g.
    andrea gentlJune 9, 2015
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VOctober 21, 2011
    Famous, and awesome for a stroll, right by the Bethal Green Street Market.
  • Martina
    MartinaJuly 12, 2016
    Amazing vibe, cheap and beautiful flowers, crowded tho.
  • Hyewon E.
    Hyewon EOctober 21, 2012
    일요일에만 오픈 8-14 (12시부터 파장시작) / Old Street 걸어서 15분 / Book shop, Open house, Start space, L'Orangerie, Mariagros, Courtyard cafe, Warren evans 가게 추천
  • Will MacCormac
    Will MacCormacJune 22, 2016
    Great day out. Have late lunch then when it closes grab a load of lilies for a paaand a bunch!
  • Julie L.
    Julie LMay 11, 2015
    Sadly the flowers weren't out on the Saturday on my visit. But the street is pretty with a lot of charming stores.
  • Magdaline D.
    Magdaline DilesMarch 2, 2016
    What a pretty little way to spend a Sunday. Stroll through the back streets and check out the thrift shops.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 26, 2012
    With thousands of flowers crammed into one noisy Victorian terraced street, London's Columbia Road Flower Market is a taste of the Old East End. Read more
  • Dan S.
    Dan SymonsJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab some king prawns from Lee's Seafood, post up on the curb, and enjoy!
  • Justin
    JustinJanuary 18, 2015
    Lovely experience, very crowded, bargain flowers!
  • Zahar A.
    Zahar Al-SayedJuly 6, 2014
    Go to hackney farms right after and go when they are closing so u get the flowers cheaper
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GautierFebruary 10, 2015
    Go early to avoid the crowds or late for a bargain
  • Armelle D.
    Armelle De OliveiraFebruary 26, 2015
    Go there on a sunny afternoon and you'll have a wonderful time !
  • Irina H.
    Irina H.March 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Favourite place in the whole world to spend my freezing cold Sunday mornings!
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin CurranFebruary 7, 2016
    Go early or go late. It gets VERY crowded.
  • Elisabetta D.
    Elisabetta Di RedaSeptember 19, 2015
    Tiny, crowded, noisy and colourful Sunday flower market in London🌹
  • Chris M.
    Chris MMarch 18, 2012
    come early to avoid the crowds. Free parking before 10
  • Ailsa C.
    Ailsa ColeOctober 10, 2009
    Remember it's only open on Sundays from 8am - 2pm. Go late if you want to grab a bargain! Try and see if is open and get your photo taken for free!
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TaylorFebruary 17, 2015
    Bargains towards the end of the day, and then it's more acceptable to seek solace from the madness in the pub
  • ConciergeQ
    ConciergeQJanuary 19, 2011
    What is your favorite sound or noise in London? The Arch London: "The stallholders shouting their deals at Columbia Road flower market." Read more
  • Aurelija B.
    Aurelija B.December 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Flower power! After 1 p.m. Not much to choose, but expect to have 50% off :)
  • Little Scrapes
    Little Scrapes1 week ago
    Jam packed full of tourists dropped off from their air conditioned coaches. Get here early, know what you want, buy it and get out.
  • Duncan W.
    Duncan WilsonMarch 26, 2011
    Seek out the prawns, 1.5 dollups of pink Mayo and 1 dollup of sweet chilli. Heavenly
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    be early, or just before closing to avoid huge crowds! Read more
  • Bruno B.
    Bruno BarbiratoMarch 22, 2016
    Go early on... The market gets very busy
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgFebruary 26, 2015
    Beautiful flowers and cute shops next to it.
  • Beatriz Q.
    Beatriz QuirosMarch 15, 2011
    If you go last hour on Sunday around 2.30pm-3om you can get much better deals!
  • Adria V.
    Adria VallsSeptember 22, 2013
    Nice flower market, better food
  • Joana V.
    Joana VeigaApril 27, 2014
    Check the Portuguese Love Affair and buy some Portuguese wine.
  • Katy Z.
    Katy ZackFebruary 3
    Super crazy. Wait until the end of the day for fewer crowds and more deals
  • Ben S.
    Ben SwartMarch 27, 2010
    The park at the globe end is great in summer. Go to the bakery early for a beautiful loaf of cholla.
  • Giordana S.
    Giordana SesiniJuly 29, 2013
    Wonderful to see all those flowers!
  • Mauricio R.
    Beautiful flowers, great stores
  • Vladi P.
    Vladi PopovApril 22, 2016
    Very nice attraction to visit on a weekend
  • SaltyMilkTea
    SaltyMilkTeaMay 24, 2015
    Soo crowded! Couldn't see anything. Better pick a good time to go, NOT 3-5pm for sure.
  • Marianna G.
    Marianna GavaApril 11, 2016
    Very nice! Very crowded! XD
  • Johannes D.
    Johannes DriessenFebruary 4, 2015
    Visit the city farm at the north end of the market
  • Daniela
    DanielaApril 14, 2013
    U an find any flower u can think of!
  • HostelBookers
    HostelBookersOctober 18, 2011
    E' uno dei pochi mercatini a Londra ancora per veri londinesi e non per turisti. Stradina dall'atmosfera magica. Sembra di stare in un paesino. Andate dopo le 3 per fiori e piante scontati!
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