London's brightest and boldest market by far.
Undoubtedly the capital’s brightest and most colourful market, Columbia Road has plants, flowers and succulents in every colour, shape and size imaginable.
The market is a ten-minute walk from Hoxton Overground and brightens up the area every Sunday from 8am until about 3pm. The popularity of the market means you’re guaranteed big crowds, particularly towards the end of the day, but this is also prime time for bargain bunches of flowers.
These flower stalls are run by proper East End geezers who love their flowers, giving the street a softness that you're unlikely to see anywhere else in London. Peonies, tulips and sunflowers seemed to be among the most popular choices at Columbia Road, but there were also a good number of people wobbling along nearby streets with tall pot plants.
Having first opened almost 150 years ago, Columbia Road is a great slice of colour and history in the city. It’s also just a stone’s throw from Kingsland Road, so there are also loads of nearby bars and eateries to check out.