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.
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.