Need some colour to spruce up the house or impress a would-be partner? Our London adventurer finds an opportunity on her London Top 100 list to stop and smell the flowers! Enjoy number 97.
KNOWN for the freshest of fresh flowers, the Columbia Road markets are about a 15 minute walk from Old Street station located just inside the Tower Hamlets. We found them quite easy to find, as a stream of people carrying large bunches of flowers were walking in the opposite direction. As we got closer we heard the cockney accents (whether real or fake) calling out flower names and prices to shoppers and we knew we were in the right place.
We threw ourselves amongst the throng of other market goers and jostled our way around looking at all the beautiful bouquets and potted prettiness. There were many different varieties from tulips to bamboo to cacti but from what you can see and smell, they were all gorgeous and fresh. They are also really cheap! With many stalls selling 3 bunches for a tenner or some other similar deal it was hard not to buy a whole stall – especially when a cheeky stall owner tells me that “lovely ladies would love some lilies”. However due to a pint glass being the closest thing I have to a vase I had to settle for only one small bunch of tulips.
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