Flower markets have been a feature of London life for centuries, however in the past fifty years they have sadly declined.
Thankfully you can still get a taste of the delights of such markets by visiting Columbia Road Flower Market in East London which is only open on Sundays.
There has been a Columbia Market since 1869, the original Columbia Road flower market began as a Saturday trading market. It was moved to Sunday, by Act of Parliament, in order to accommodate the local Jewish traders. The market was popular with traders from other flower markets who could sell their leftover stock .
The market declined after the Second World War until the 1960s, however in recent years it has become very popular and becomes very busy later in the day.
The market operates every Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm. Traders arrive in early morning and sell a wide range of plants, bedding plants, shrubs, bulbs and freshly cut flowers at very
The market also has shops selling a variety of goods and there are coffee shops, cafes and the occasional street performers.
You can always tell when you are near the market as people wander past with armfuls of flowers and plants. The narrow streets do get very crowded but the market has an atmosphere all of its own and the flower displays are attractive at any time of the year.