Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market

East London

Route: Columbia Road Flower Market

Area: East London

Date of walk: 15th February 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 1 mile

Weather: Mostly overcast

It’s stretching things to define this as ‘a walk’ as the only walking involved was up and down Columbia Road, but a visit to the Flower Market there is such a worthwhile objective that I’ve included it in this site 

We were staying near Kings Cross and from one of the nearby docking stations we hired a couple of ‘Boris bikes’ – a great way to get around London, especially on a Sunday when the traffic is lighter

It took us about 30 minutes to reach Columbia Road Flower Market which is open on Sundays from 8am. Although we arrived quite early the place was busy. There was a wonderful selection of flowers and foliage of every imaginable type and we had a great time admiring the displays, and listening to the amusing sales patter of the flower sellers

After an enjoyable hour or so at the market we hired another couple of bikes and carried on riding round London, visiting the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition and meeting up with our nephew Tom in the process. We cycled about 8 miles in all, before returning to the start to catch our train home. What a great day it had been

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