As far as bank holiday weekends go we’ve been having a pretty amazing one weather-wise. For those of my readers not from Blighty, over here in the UK we do not get lucky on holiday weekends. It’s tradition for it to rain but not this weekend! So we decided to make the most of it and head out to Columbia Road Flower Market in east London. We live in Peterborough, a city about 100 miles north of London and we normally get the train when we visit as it’s only a 45 minute journey but I was worried we’d not be able to carry all our purchases so we decided to drive down.
We made it there in good time, got parked up relatively easy and made our way into the market.
It was far more packed than I had expected and it wasn’t quite the civil shopping experience I had imagined but it was fun nevertheless! There were lots of street musicians playing fun music and it really added to the whole atmosphere.
Oh and the flowers! The flowers! For such a small market, it was stuffed with the most beautiful cut flowers and plants.
I got a bit carried away and came home with some bright pink peonies, the softest pink avalanche roses, eucalyptus, pussy willows, gypsophelia, a gorgeous orange tree, some succulents and lots of bedding plants for hanging baskets. I can’t wait for the peonies to open up but in the meantime I think the roses might be my favourite.
We got there around 10am which was a bit later than I’d intended but I heard that even the early risers found it quite busy before 9am – it must’ve been the gorgeous weather.
We also had a little mooch round the other shops that were open on Columbia Road, hidden behind all the flower stalls. I found a beautiful little jewellery shop at the end of the flower market where the owner sources most of her products from Istanbul! (In case you are knew to following me, I spent a few years in Istanbul as a child and my sister still lives there). So it was nice to chat to someone who also visits there regularly. I picked up a really pretty cuff, very similar to one I saw Meghan Markle wearing recently.
And what kind of blogger/instagrammer would I be if I didn’t visit the twin pink doors? Well I found them and also discovered so many other pretty coloured doors.
All in all we had a lovely day out and it’s definitely one of my favourite spots in London. If I lived closer I’d be there every Sunday and probably be bankrupt!
I’d love to hear where your favourite places in London are! Pop it in the comments below 👇🏼