Every Sunday London’s Columbia Road comes alive as flower and plant sellers occupy this charming street. The flower market fills the street forcing crowds to squeeze past each other as they explore a wonderful array of independent shops. On a perfectly sunny Sunday in early March The Lifestyle Editor and I were fortunate to visit the bustling Columbia Road Flower Market. An expedition which is sadly no longer possible in these current times, but one that I highly recommend to bookmark for future travels. Columbia Road shops are made for browsing. There are vintage and antique shops, artists and artisan shops, a perfumery, womenswear and children’s shops, and of course plenty of coffee and food shops. There are so many unique Columbia Road shops with beautiful shopfronts. My only regret was due to the crowds and plant displays capturing these shop facades was an impossibility. I’m looking forward to a returning on a quieter weekday to fully admire and photograph these storefronts.
Handcrafted bunting swags the charming shopfront of artist Jessie Chorley’s shop and workshop overflowing with delightful stitched, painted and handmade goods. Read more
Vintage and antique homewares, jewelry, books, women’s clothing and accessories crowd this delightful magpie’s haven
Up and down Columbia Road photographers and influencers look for opportunities and space to capture moments like this one in front of Jack Garcia coffee shop.
Shoes and accessories by local designers and artisans, plus a coffee shop.
Lavender gently scents the air from a market stall selling bunches of fresh English lavender and lavender products.
MASON & PAINTER
A delightful emporium that mixes vintage furniture and homewares with plants. Mason & Painter, one of The Shopkeepers Best 10 Vintage & Antique Shops, specializes in French garden furniture and planters. Read More
Tucked in at the end of a courtyard off Ezra Street, behind Columbia Road, is the popular bakery and coffee shop, Lily Vanilli. Go early – the day we visited they closed early as they had sold out.
Artist and artisan goods from Mexico. Handmade tiles and ceramics, baskets, glassware, decorative tin ware and folk art.
And neighboring sister store, In Bloom, are filled with goods for gardening, homewares, and stationery.
ARTISANS & ADVENTURERS
Handmade, ethically-minded treasures from around the world.
Peeking out from behind a plant stand, Columbia Pottery’s shopfront, a vintage and antique shop.
Sourdough bread, pastries and coffee.
BOB & BLOSSOM
An enchanting children’s clothing and toy shop.
Leathersmith and luggage maker. The Charlie Borrow workshop and shop is in the process of moving to nearby Virginia Road. Even though I still had to include this beautiful workshop.
WORLD OF ECHO
Not your typical new and used record shop. World of Echo is a modern, light and airy space.
A PORTUGUESE LOVE AFFAIR
Home of the U.K.’s best Pastel De Nata, A Portuguese Love Affair offers the best of Portugal’s homewares, apothecary goods, and pantry items. Visit their nearby delicious cafe on Hackney Road.
A recent addition to Columbia Road shops, Colenimo offers timeless, classic womenswear and accessories made in the U.K. Read more
Handmade, sustainable and functional ceramics, wooden spoons and baskets.
Independent perfumery home to 40 unique perfumes, candles and home fragrances.
Plant shop and planting experts creating green spaces for shops, events and restaurants.
Vintage homewares and furniture with Cake Hole Cafe in the rear of the shop.
Crowds overflow from Columbia Road onto Ezra Street where Oyster Boy plies his trade shucking oysters every Sunday.
Hopefuls trying to get a seat inside or outside this popular Ezra Street restaurant featuring seasonal Southern Italian cooking. The perfect conclusion to a stroll around Columbia Road shops and flower market.