a winter morning at columbia road flower market.

columbia road flower market winter visit
columbia road flower market winter visit
columbia road flower market winter visit
I’m no stranger to a visit to Columbia Road Flower Market. In fact, it’s one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning afternoon. But, I’ve never been during winter. For most places, this wouldn’t really be a problem. But one of the joys of flowers is that they’re seasonal, so I figured that it would be an entirely different experience to the times I’ve been before.
Usually, when I’ve been, it’s been absolutely packed and you have to queue down the road to see the flowers on one side. Then queue down the other end to get back up the other side. However, clearly the miserable weather had put everyone else off and it was slightly easier to get up and down the road and to cross between the different stalls. It was still a little bit of a sardine experience. Still a lot more pleasant than usual!
columbia road flower market winter visit

columbia road flower market winter visit

Obviously, the selection of flowers was in some cases very similar, and in others, entirely different. There were still loads of tulips and roses scattered about. But there was also a huge amount of thistle and lavender compared to usual. Pretty much every time I’ve been previously, I’ve picked up tulips. They’re my favourite flowers and I can’t resist buying a massive bunch. This time I was taken by the slightly different options available and bought a big bunch of lavender and gypsophila which is still going strong. And it made the tube carriage on the train home smell wonderful.

Another benefit of heading to Columbia Road during the winter? You can actually get into some of the shops and pubs which surround the market. Sometimes the pubs are so busy you have to queue for ages and then end up drinking your pint sat on the kerb down the street. Or you can’t even get close to the shops alongside the market. This time round though we could have had our drinks inside the pub sat down with table service if we’d really wanted to.

columbia road flower market winter visit

columbia road flower market winter visit

columbia road flower market winter visit

But you lose some of the atmosphere that you get during the summer time. It’s fun when the market is busy. It feels like a real experience with all the hustle and bustle you get. Yeah, you won’t stand a chance of getting into Jones Dairy unless you’ve been there for hours or camped out since Saturday evening, but you won’t be the only one sat on the kerb in the heat either.

There are clearly benefits to going to Columbia Road in both winter and summer. I don’t think I’d ever be able to call out which one was the best. But then, who needed an excuse not to visit every Sunday? Not me.

Has anyone else been to Columbia Road?



  1. January 25, 2017 / 9:42 am

    I think sardine experience describes my personal experience of visiting Columbia Road perfectly :'D It's such a shame as I LOVE the idea of the market and I'd love to get some pretty flowers from there, but I just can't handle the crowds. 🙁 Maybe I should try to visit just before they're closing the stalls? I might try that.. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • January 26, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      That's the time I usually go and it's not too much better then – I think because that's when all the bargains happen so everyone makes a run for it. I can only imagine it's the best time to go when it literally first opens!

  2. January 25, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    I went to Columbia Road on a sunny day and it was ridiculous! You could barely move, let alone see the cafes and shops along the sides. I think going on a rainy day is probably the right idea!

    Jane / deluminators

    • January 26, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      Probably! I'd love to see the street one day without the market!

  3. January 25, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Love Columbia Road (when it isn't too crowded)! one of my favorite homeware shops is there, Nom Living, and I love going home with a big bunch of peonies or roses … but it is an effort to either get there v. early or else at *just* the right minute near closing in order to avoid the feeling you're lining up for the Central Line during rush hour.

    • January 26, 2017 / 12:04 pm

      I haven't checked that shop out, but I will definitely have to go and have a look! I usually just deal with the crowds because I hate giving up my morning lie in!

  4. January 25, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Cool!! I've some how still never visited, yet looking at your post I'd put it on the list for 'rainy day' activity, as the usual crowds seem nowhere to be found! Win!!

    Faded Windmills

  5. February 4, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    There are also some combo offers available with the stores and customers can have a look at these and order them. 24hrscityflorist.com

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