Markets of the World: Columbia Road Flower Market in London

When I visited East London last November, one of the recommendations that popped up time after time were the London markets located in the East End. I went to several of them over the weekend (some are exclusively either on Saturdays or Sundays), and far and away, the prettiest market in London that I visited was the Columbia Road Flower Market.

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Each and every Saturday, Columbia Road fills up with flower vendors. Walking down the street, you feel as if you’re in a chaotic garden crowded with overgrown plants and people. Vendors auction off their flowers and plants so there is a cacophony of noises and crazy sounds. It’s very tight walking down Columbia Road, but you can poke in and out to take in the sights and sounds. The side streets near the market also fill up with vendors, selling everything from random household wares to oysters.



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Adam Groffman is the writer of a popular travel blog, TRAVELS OF ADAM, which focuses heavily on the most hip and cool things to do around the world. He’s also the editor of a gay travel website, My Gay Travel Guide. Follow him on Instagram and Pinterest to discover his latest cool travel finds.

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5 Responses to Markets of the World: Columbia Road Flower Market in London

  1. Sally @ thewinetraveller April 16, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    Really a nice flower market. everybody loves flower. Thanks for your experience and information.

  2. Michael May 16, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Any connection with this market and My Fair Lady?
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    • Shanna May 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

      According to the internet, My Fair Lady was filmed at the New Convent Garden Flower Market, but close enough!

  3. Mary@GreenGlobalTravel May 24, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Great photos! Very beautiful indeed. I imagine it must smell wonderful too walking through with all those flowers.
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  4. Jennifer July 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Beautiful photos. I love flower markets because they are so fragrant.
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