BLOOM travels: Columbia Road flower market

Posted by Hannah

We took a little trip to London’s Columbia Road flower market last weekend and what a treat it was. If you’ve never been, Columbia Road in east London is full of lovely little shops, café and galleries, and transforms into a flower lovers dream on Sundays. From 8am until 3pm flower traders set up pitch to sell beautiful blooms and plants all along the road – either varieties they’ve grown themselves or imported from around the world.

It had a suitably festive feel on our visit, with people carrying Christmas trees on their shoulders and stocking up on shiny red Ilex berries (me included). It’s really worth a visit and great to discover new flowers you might like to have at your wedding or special event. Who wouldn’t want mini hot pink pineapples for table centres?

After we’d spent a small fortune, we headed to Brick Lane to check out the new Poutine stall. Poutine is a Canadian speciality originating in Quebec that my friend Nina and I loved when we lived in Canada (Nina in Toronto, me in Whistler). It’s just chips with cheese curds and gravy but seriously delicious and well worth checking out. Find The Poutinerie stall at Brick Lane market on Sundays.

Columbia Road flower market

All photos © BLOOM fleuriste.


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