TAKE A TRIP TO COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET

TAKE A TRIP TO COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET

Charlotte Prichard, 21 March 2015

Now that spring has sprung, it's time to make the most of the sunshine.

One of our fave things to do on a Sunday is head to Columbia Road Flower Market. Only a short walk from Shoreditch High Street (and our Brick Lane store!), the flower market is open every Sunday from 8am until around 3pm,  come rain or shine. The hustle and bustle of the market is wonderful - hundreds of beautiful smelling blooms in every colour under the sun, market owners shouting "two for a fiver!", happy customers holding bouquets of fresh flowers and buskers playing live music that put a spring in your step - it's somewhere you have to visit at least once! But trust us, you'll definitely be coming back for more.

Fancy taking a trip? Check out our tips and top spots below...

OUR TIPS FOR THE FLOWER MARKET

Want to avoid the crowds? Get there as early as you can and have the pick of the crop... | ...or grab yourself a bargain by visiting later in the day - from 2:30pm you'll be able to get flowers for practically pennies! | Not sure of the best flower combos or how best to look after them - why not ask the market holders for their tips? |  Make sure you have a decent amount of money on you (change and notes!) - the nearest card machine is a little walk away  | Bring your camera! You can't help but get a bit snap happy at the market. 

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OUR TOP SPOTS TO VISIT ON COLUMBIA ROAD

Ryantown - Our pal and artist Rob Ryan has a beautiful shop stocked with his famous paper cuts, limited edition pieces and a range of hand crafted goods - all made just around the corner in his studio.

Openhouse - Selling a mix of new and vintage homewares and pieces for the garden, this shop is a treasure trove for your home. From pots to mirrors and jugs, there's sure to be something that will take your fancy.

Suck & Chew - Have a sweet tooth? From fizzy cola bottles to sherbets and strawberry bonbons, Suck & Chew have them all - perfect to keep those energy levels up wandering through market.

Treacle - After grabbing your bargain blooms, what better way to end the day than with a cupcake and a cuppa tea?

Now that you've made it home with your flowers it's time to pop them around the house, so take a look at our guide on creating quick and easy flower displays. Fancy having a go yourself? Make sure to show us your snaps on Twitter and Instagram tagged #tattydevine!

Inspired by our trip to the flower market? Shop our English Garden edit.

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