The Brit List: Summer of London – Places and Sights

Columbia Road Flower Market

Flower power. (Columbia Road Flower Market)

This East End flower market is a famous link to London’s commercial past. The institution has gone through various incarnations since it was first established as a covered food market in 1869. Today, sellers of anything related to plants and flowers set up on Columbia Road each Sunday – the result of an Act of Parliament that allowed the community’s Jewish population to work on weekends. Additionally, through the whole week, independent stores offer everything from coffee to antiques provide a unique experience to shoppers who aren’t interested in big box stores. “The shops have a common thread,” says the market’s website, “a love of the flower market and its history, and a refusal to be dictated to by a retail world where the sense of fun has all but gone.”

Columbia Road Flower Market from clarwood on Vimeo.

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