Flower power – London

Following a period of decline and the threat of demolition in the 1970’s, Columbia Road Flower Market re-bloomed in the 80’s in its current, quirkily adorable state; making it one of London’s most unique shopping experiences. Here you can find everything from 10-foot banana trees to blooming orange orchids, and by the end of the day these floral finds come with the barrow boys chant “everythin’ a fiver”. The flower sellers themselves grow most of the plants while more exotic species are imported from across the globe. This really is the go to floral haunt for serious horticulturalists and those after something stunning for the mantelpiece. Flower Market & shops: Sundays from 8am ’til 3’ish. Some shops are also open during the week. www.columbiaroad.info

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