Specialist Plant Growers and Nursery owners from North London and the Home Counties set out an enormous range of well priced flowers and plants. Visitors will find the traditional and popular varieties alongside the more unusual and contemporary choices for the home and garden.
This market really responds to the change of season - flower bulb specialists sit alongside Mediterranean plants specialists, topiary, palm trees, bamboo, tree ferns, perennials and herb growers.
A variety of terracotta pots, garden furniture, urns and containers both traditional and contemporary and many at wholesale prices.
View our Columbia Road Map and also Columbia Road location in relation to East London.
A wonderful array of cut flowers that all have to be sold by the end of the day...there is a frenzy of selling at incredible prices towards the close of the market with stall holders competing and bantering with each other to gain the attention of the crowds - there are real bargains to be had.
Lining the flower market and occupying some of the nearby side streets, Columbia Road has a growing number of new and unusual specialist shops, fashionable boutiques, designer showcase studios, designer interiors and galleries. The historic setting and progressive attitude to design make this area well worth a visit. Some excellent cafes and bars have sprung up alongside traditional east end shell fish stalls all there to refresh the visitor.
Within ten minutes walking distance of Columbia Road is London's Brick Lane - an entire street devoted to authentic Bangladeshi Cuisine. The restaurants are extremely popular and open all day until late in the evening. Perfect for a quick bite or a multi course meal - the choice is extensive and the menus reasonably priced.
If you need something to interest children and adults alike - Hackney City Farm (1a Goldsmith's Row E2 8QA) has been designed as a venue for all the family, running classes and staging events throughout the year. Admission Free. Open 10 - 4:30 Tue - Sun. The café (Frizzante) serves organic food and is open weekends and some weekdays. It is advisable to phone before making a special journey (tel: 020 7729 6381).
For a post market stroll in the park - about a mile to the east is Victoria Park - designed in the style of Regent's Park with tree lined walkways, open spaces, formally planted gardens, sports facilities, fountains, lakes, wild birds and even a herd of deer. The park has a café and Victoria Park Village nearby has a many interesting shops, bars, pubs and restaurants.
Why not take a virtual tour using our interactive map?
While in the area, you may wish to visit our featured specialist shops including:
Columbia Pottery - plant containers, water features
Three Letter Man - artist creating bespoke embroidery
Milagros - Mexican ceramic tiles & glassware
Parking - available in nearby Bethnal Green College, Gosset Street. It costs £3.00 for parking all day. All proceeds go towards the college and youth training schemes. There are also places to park in the surrounding streets where there are pay and display spaces and it's possible to find free parking on Sundays in some streets - obviously the earlier you arrive the more choice there is - but be aware that parking close to the market is regulated and rigorously enforced!
Public Transport - take the bus or tube - using the convenient journey planners