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2.17.2016

Travelogue: Columbia Road
Flower Market

Every Sunday, Londoners and visitors flock to Columbia Flower Market to feast their eyes on overflowing buckets of the most beautiful flowers and foliage, along a bustling row of sixty indie galleries, boutiques and cafes. 
It's hard to believe that this vibrant neighborhood was once known as a notorious slum in the mid-1800s, and it was Lady Angela Burdett-Coutts, one of the wealthiest heiress in England, who can be credited for the transformation of the East End of London through her philantrophic efforts.
We had ambitious plans to hit the market early in the morning, and to nobody's surprise we did not make it until after lunch. Although the market was supposed to be winding down by then, we still had to weave through the throng of people shoulder-to-shoulder. It was so hard not to get excited by the gorgeous blooms everywhere.
If you don't mind the crowd, I would definitely recommend this for a weekend itinerary!
The Columbia Flower Market is open on Sundays from 8 am till 3-ish, although some shops are also open during the week. You can visit their website for more details.

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