Columbia Road Flower Market, London

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Columbia Road Flower Market is a street market in East London, England. Columbia Road is a road of Victorian shops off Hackney Road in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The market is open on Sundays only.HistoryColumbia Market was built upon an area known as Nova Scotia Gardens. This had been a brick field, north-east of St Leonard's, Shoreditch, the brick clay had been exhausted and the area begun to be filled in with waste (leystall). Cottages (probably evolving from sheds, serving the gardens), came to be built here, but were undesirable as they remained below ground level, and so were prone to flooding.London Burkers In July 1830, John Bishop and Thomas Williams rented no. 3 Nova Scotia Garden, from a Sarah Trueby. Together with Michael Shields, a Covent Garden porter, and James May, also known as Jack Stirabout and Black Eyed Jack, they formed a notorious gang of Resurrection men, stealing freshly buried bodies for sale to anatomists. On 7 November 1831 the suspiciously fresh corpse of a 14-year-old boy was delivered, by these men, to the King's College School of Anatomy, in the Strand. Joseph Sadler Thomas, a superintendent of police, searched the cottages at Nova Scotia Gardens, and found items of clothing in a well in one of the gardens, and also in one of the privies, suggesting multiple murders. The Resurrection men were arrested, and by an extraordinary arrangement, the police opened the premises for viewing, charging 5 shillings. The public carried away the dwelling, piece by piece, as souvenirs. Bishop and Williams were hanged at Newgate on 5 December 1831 for the murder. The police had tentatively identified the body as that of Carlo Ferrari, an Italian boy, from Piedmont, but at their trial Bishop and Williams admitted it to be that of a Lincolnshire cattle drover, on his way to Smithfield.
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  • What an experience this was. Only open on a sunday and it takes up the full length of a street. The different flowers on offer were amazing from small succulants to large tree ferns. My daughter is a ...  more »
  • What a treat this market of flowers! Along Columbia Road, the Sun morning is a brullicare of people and flowers ... many stalls, many colors and many perfumes! Then, they deserve even the small shops on the side of the road, where to find pots of all shapes and all it takes for a garden very british ... almost at the end of the road, deserves a step even Ezra street with a small flea market. The whole area is delicious!
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  • Such a cool place to spend a Sunday morning! There is loads to do around here: you can go for breakfast/brunch, walk around, end up at Brick Lane, there is street music and beautiful flowers, trendy s...  more »
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  • Every Sunday you will find fresh cut flower here, often 3 bunches of beautiful flowers for £10. There is a unique London atmosphere with lots of people, children and street musicians. If you you are local you love it, if you are a tourist you visit this market to see for yourself what’s all about. There are plenty coffee shops and breakfast clubs around so make sure that you visit them after the market to get the full experience. Remember thought the market is only open on Sunday mornings.
  • Has changed a lot since I used to go as a kid with my dad over 25 years ago. It has become completely gentrified with hipster shops and tourists taking selfies. It used to be really grotty when I used to go weekly. However, I absolutely loved it, everyone looks happy. The market traders are not gentrified types, they are your original east Londoners with all the banter. The flowers are wide ranging and reasonably priced. There are plenty of places to get some food, but no cafes for fry-up unfortunately. You can have a lovely morning at Colombia road.
  • Charming Sunday market. I was visiting London so wasn’t looking to buy flowers but so wish I could have! I loved walking into the shops that lined he street and back into some little alleys to discover more shops and little restaurants and bakeries. A great way to spend a Sunday.
  • Columbia Road Flower Market was recommended to me by a friend. It was a lovely experience, and a great way to spent a Sunday morning. The sound, the colours, the banters and there are bargain galore to be had. Lots of place to eat as well. Highly recommended if you are looking freshly cut flowers for your home or plants for outdoors and indoors as well.
  • Great market full of incredible flowers at decent prices. Also surrounded by beautiful shops that are worth exploring. Its always crazy busy though! Worth taking it slowly and stopping for a drink at one of the many lovely pubs at either end.
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