Columbia Road Flower Market

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Happiness is found in simple things these days. Unicorn, glitter. I find my rainbow cheerfulness at the flower market on Columbia Road.

Any other day, this sweet Victorian street looks like a sleeping beauty, only coming to life on Sunday mornings. Come early, really early, before the sweet little shops selling exquisite prints, vintage china, antiques, jewels open their door, before the picturesque little cafés brew their very first pot of the day.

At 6 am, it’s alive already, the stalls heavy with roses, ranunculi, tulips, peonies, neatly cuddled up… There are trolleys rolling back and forth carrying thousands of blooms, in colours that would make Pantone pale with envy. Delicate petals, fit for flower fairies, fringed beautifully, marbled with deeper shades, as soft as silk. The fragrance of jacinths, jasmine in the air. Some I know, others are more exotic, more unusual, their name escape me. I won’t ask, lost in contemplation, a flower meditation of kind. I like the mystery. I have visions of buying dozens of bunches, as many as I could carry. Flowers have this amazing power to turn any house into a home, light up any dark place or moment. I sometimes think the NHS should prescribe them instead of pills…

From 10 am on, Columbia Road will fill up fast, by noon, it will be so crowded it will take 5 minutes to walk 10 metres. It’s vibrant, real, the sellers calling out out, shouting their prices, their promotions. People mix – photographers, families, couples holding hands, all nationalities and fashions. Amazing to see who buys what, traditional looking Londoners going for the most extraordinary plants, parents carrying children on their shoulders, the pushchair now used for orchids or shrubs. Everyone, without exception, will leave with a smile on…

 

Columbia Road Flower Market, London E2 7RG  | Sundays until 3 pm
To be followed by a street art stroll through Shoreditch!

 

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