Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market, London: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Columbia Road Flower Market Reviews: 4.5/5

Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market
4.5
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Columbia Road flower market and shops are open every Sunday from 8am until about 3pm. As well as the market, there is also a mass of independent shops, selling everything from jewellery and vintage clothes, to antiques, cupcakes, art and furniture. Columbia Road is located in East London, in between Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, near to Brick Lane and Spitalfields.
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CrystalPower
London, UK1,409 contributions
Nice Stroll
Jul 2021
Columbia Road Flower Market is a lovely little market to visit. As it's only opened on a Sunday it always has that momentum. There appears to be less people than usual. As the stalls are now only on one side it's easier to walk without the hustle and bustle. If you like plants and flowers or fancy a beverage take a stroll.
Written July 29, 2021
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK789 contributions
The in place to be on a Sunday
Jul 2021
Another experience not to be missed on a Sunday.
Full of trendy millennial buying their weekly flowers and "must have indoor plants". Not the old Eastend market it used to be but try it anyway.
currently there is a one way system which limits numbers, so be prepared to queue to get access, but makes it covid safe and if you want a bargain visit 30 -60 mins before closing!
It's sad that the gentrification of this area has been limited to the areas visited by this new class of trend setters. Look behind the market to the left and right and you will unfortunately see a different story.
Written July 14, 2021
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ElaineS
London, UK98 contributions
Excellent place to visit on a Sunday!
Jun 2021 • Friends
Great friendly security and a one way system in place, felt very covid safe. Bought some beautiful flowers, a candle, some pastries and some local Rhubarb fizzy juice. Locals are lovely as are the friendly flower sellers, nice buzz about the place and worth visiting
Written July 11, 2021
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Kimberley L
London, UK3 contributions
Always a great visit
Jun 2021
Great place to wander around (and to pick up plants and flowers at great prices). We always take people that come to visit us here - it's something a bit different than the standard London tourist stuff.
Written June 15, 2021
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Domi
London, UK619 contributions
Underwhelming and overpriced
May 2021
After 13 years in London, decided to visit the market for the first price. First, it is very overpriced. Second, it is super small. Good if you live locally, would not recommend if you are visiting / if you live far.
Written May 30, 2021
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Andrea R
United Kingdom137 contributions
Suddenly very expensive (bedding plants)
May 2021
I visited on 16 May and I was quite surprised that the bedding plants are now very expensive, in fact more than double the cost at supermarkets (Sainsburys).
Example. A 6 pack of Busy Lizzies at the market was £8. At a supermarket its £3.50 for the same quantity. Same for Petunias - they were £2 a plant at Columbia Road and you can get a pack of six plants for £3.50 at Sainsburys.

There is of course a difference - the Columbia Road traders grow their plants and are of UK origin. But when there is a price difference of over 100%, then Supermarkets are the place to go.

Other than bedding plants, there is a lot of variety - there was a large stall with dried flowers which had a lot of pretty items. The man who sells ferns was there, as was the orchid man with many orchids.

The vegetable plants were good value and there was a lot of variety.

At 8.30am it was busy but the absence of tourists/selfie takers made it pleasant and less crowded.

I'll still go again, but not for bedding plants though!
Written May 17, 2021
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michaelg1412018
London, UK71 contributions
Exceeded expectations
May 2021 • Couples
It’s a quaint street with many nice stalls selling flowers. The vibe is good. You’ll queue to get, in the opening hours are around 8-2 on sundays only. There’s an odd 1 way stream going but it does work. There are nice pubs around and good little coffee shops / bakeries on the street. It’s good for a little hour or 2 wonder if you are happy to peruse the shops/stalls and be around a lot of people
Written May 11, 2021
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SupernannyHelen
London, UK48 contributions
Underwhelmed!
May 2021
Very underwhelmed! Great if you live locally and want to buy some nice plants or flowers but the market is very small and nothing like the spectacle of colour and scent I expected. We had to queue to get in, then it is a one-way system so no going back to browse (unless you want to queue again!). Would not call this a tourist destination and regretted a long journey to get there.
Written May 3, 2021
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Ennie 💛
Scotland, UK3,823 contributions
Fill Your Life With Flowers
Jan 2020 • Friends
When you are in London, Columbia Road Flower Market is definately well worth a visit. Someplace a little different to visit on a Sunday, have a lovely wander around the stalls and shops. From so much beautiful flowers on display to buy, to plants, a wander around the independant shops and stalls to a spot of brunch! Go and see what flowery delights await you. Great for those that love to brighten their lives with flowers!
Written December 14, 2020
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Iain R
United Kingdom4 contributions
Buying winter flowers
Oct 2020 • Couples
Obviously Columbia Road flower markers is hardly an undiscovered gem, it’s on every decent guide to alternative things to do in London, but sometimes it really does feel like you’re somewhere. The new Covid lay out with the stalls lining only one side of the street and extending further is a massive improvement to the old double sided scheme. You can more clearly see what’s to be had from each stall, and although the clamour of market traders hawking their posies is still atmospheric, it’s no longer an indistinguishable din. Also, you can get into the interesting wee shops on the street now. I hope it’s a system they keep when life returns to normal. There’s a queuing system to get in, but it moves pretty quickly. It is now fractionally harder to get a drink in either pub on the street, but that makes it all the more refreshing when your pint arrives.
Written November 8, 2020
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