Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday

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With another rainy day in London, we decided to brighten up our morning with an outing to East London; breakfast at Fabrique Bakery in Hoxton and sourcing flowers and plants at Columbia Road flower market.

First stop was Fabrique, a Swedish bakery on the cobbelt Geffrye Street, tucked away in the railway arches underneath Hoxton Station. We had coffee and hot chocolate together with ham and cheese rolls, followed by scrumptious cinnamon buns. There’s a lovely outdoor seating area, next to the beautiful garden of the Geffrey Museum. Or enjoy your freshly baked treats indoor in the warm and cozy bakery. Like we did today. Not very tempting to be sitting outside in the rain…

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Then when tummies are all filled up and everyone’s feeling a bit more perky, head down to Columbia Road and its famous flower market.

We thought we would almost have the place to ourselves today, considering the poor weather. But it doesn’t seem like garden enthusiasts, families, hipsters and instagrammers in search for peonies mind the rain at all – it was busy!

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With the amazing selection of everything from seeds to fully grown trees, all with highly affordable and tempting prices I can see why the flower market is so popular. If we lived a tad closer I’d go every Sunday! There cannot be any excuse for a poor garden or patio if you live in surrounding area of Columbia Road.

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When to go? Fabrique Bakery opens at 10am. With limited seating we recommend being there as close to opening hours as possible. Also, you’d like to visit Columbia Road while they still have a great selection of fresh plants and before they close. Stall holders tend to wrap up around 2-3pm. Worth considering is that there’s always bargains to me made towards the end of the day.

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And it’s not all flowers. You’ll find that Columbia Road is home to several charming independent shops, from fashion to design. There’s also a great selection of small lunch restaurants. In other words, a place sure to brighten up the greyest of days in London.

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What did you do this morning? Hope you had a lovely morning, indoors or out and about! x

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