Call me a sucker for all things pretty and girly but the flower market at Columbia Road is definitely one of my favourite places in all of London- and in my honest opinion, one of the most beautiful. Squeezing and pushing my tiny self through all these people who were there for better reasons than I was was a tough job as I pointed my camera at every other cute girl with a bouquet of peonies. It was definitely well worth it and I see this being part of a routine in my future life (bear with me and my 'future life'). What started as a Saturday trading market serviced London's local population, many of which had small gardens along with their houses. Before we knew it, there was a demand for freshly cut flowers and plants thanks to a couple of French Protestants known as the Huguenots who introduced this fascination to the East End. It's hard to believe something that is so beautiful and lively today suffered too, as the market declined in the World War 2 and the 1970s causing talks about the area being demolished. Thankfully the locals fought back, new rules forced traders to attend the market regularly and Columbia Road was brought back to life. It has since then been known for it's international repute with a range of cute shops and cafes that complement the market making it an experience for anyone who visits. To me, it's not just the beautiful flowers which make it so good, but also the girls in their little loose buns and red lipstick (with the biggest smiles!), all that love going on, the puppies and scent of amazing coffee at every other corner. If Columbia Road isn't your happy place then I don't know what is.
The market is open every Sunday from 8am to 2pm and is a walking distance to Brick Lane and Shoreditch.