I had an out-of-towna friend visiting for the weekend, and so a Sunday mooch taking in some London sights was exactly what was called for. Now we didn’t have money to spend, so we went to a market that would keep temptation at bay (exactly what stallholders want to hear), and visited Columbia Road Flower Market – it’s a thing to do!
As we stepped off the train at Hoxton we didn’t need to consult for directions, there was a gravitational pull that must have been effecting everyone around, and we too joined the pilgrimage to Columbia Road – there were also signs, of a hard-standing path guiding nature. A lot of people were walking in the opposite direction to us, carrying flowers; with it being valentines weekend, we thought people were having a laugh, rubbing salt in our lack of valentine flower wounds, but as we drew nearer, two and two started to make four.
There’s a lot of activity down on Columbia Road on Sundays, with the market open 8.00-15.00, it was in full burst around midday, it’s a real sight to see and hear. I’m keen to go back on a Saturday, as it was too hectic to jump in and out of the shops that line the road, there’s also some lovely looking cafés and watering holes roundabout, and the street itself is Victorian gold.
If you’re up for more of a walk we then took in Brick Lane, onto Petticoat Lane Market, and then Spitalfields, with a wine in The Culpeper, which is a gem on Commercial Street – the roast lunches were looking insanely good, especially the yorkshire puddings!