The local guide to best London markets

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Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, United Kingdom
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Best place to be weekly on a Sunday morning, Columbia Road in East London's hip Shoreditch/Hackney neighbourhood, transforms into a multicoloured frenzy of stalls and flowers. This otherwise unassuming East End street becomes a swathe of magnificent plant life, the air fragrant with blooms and the shouts of historic London's famous Cockney stallholders. But it's not just about the flora. Alongside the flower stalls are a growing number of shops selling everything from pottery, Mexican glassware and art prints to speciality organic cupcakes and perfume. Make sure to barter with the stallholders for a bargain - it would be rude not to after all
Ramsay, 45 Culture Editor, DJ & Writer
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Columbia Road Flower Market
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56 Brushfield St, London E1 6AG, UK
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The market is a beautiful building. Inside you'll find shops, restaurants, food stalls and market stalls. This is a lovely place in between the City and trendy Shoreditch. It's worth taking a walk there.
Aude, 27 Actuary and foodie
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Spitalfields Market
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6, The Courtyard, Ezra St, London E2 7RH, UK
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Columbia Road Flower Market is one of my favorite spots in London. I come here on Sundays after a lazy brunch in Shoreditch and I always pay a visit to this magnificent bakery. I found out about it because of their amazing Instagram account, which presented beautiful baked goods. This is the place to find personal cakes which are at the same time beautiful, unique and yummy. My favourite one? Black sesame and blood orange cake. SO GOOD!
Gili, 36 Art Charity Programming Manager
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The Lily Vanilli Bakery
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15-17 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP, United Kingdom
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This rustic little cafe also has a produce shop next door to it and is great for getting brunch before you go look seeing around Shoreditch. They only serve it until 12.30 (they are quite strict about that) and it's a tiny space so get there early or prepare to wait a bit. I recommend the eggs with sage for breakfast. I used to work round there and come in for their Prosciutto and Cornichon pickle sandwiches- I think they are the best in London. They have two outdoor tables which are lovely in the summer. The next door produce shop has amazing local produce as well as selling glassware - I love the Duralex glasses and have bought a few sets
Maayan, 35 Event Manager
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Leila's Shop
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7, Mansfield Rd, London NW3 2JD, UK
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I won’t say too much about this toy shop because it will ruin the surprise. I think t's been around for 40ish years, some items still on the shelves from then – Kristin ‘buys things cause she likes them not because they sell.’ It’s a very weird place, a total toy-land. Going here was a real treat for me as a kid, but sometimes I’d get there and she wouldn’t even open the door: you have to catch her on a good day. If you’re in the market for ANYTHING miniature – food, flowers, furniture – GO.
Dara, 27 Palindrome 💕
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Kristin Baybars
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19 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green, London N4 4AP, UK
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Love this place. If I could eat sandwiches everyday I would. If you can put it between two slices of bread then I'm going to try it. But this place is the ultimate in sandwiches. Owner Max wanted to create a place for drunk people to eat that wasn't a kebab shop, and so he started his sandwich shop. The sandwiches are innovate and filling. Max is a legend. He now has a cult following and his own show on Vice's food channel Munchies. Love it.
Blake, 38 Copywriter
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Max's Sandwich Shop
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1 Blenheim Cres, Notting Hill, London W11 2EE, UK
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The best shop in town to find any spices you might need from all over the world! The perfect place for spice addicts!
Loyse, 38 Actor
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The Spice Shop
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140A Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK
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Columbia Road was my old stomping ground, i lived there for most of my early days in London in the early 2000s. It's a pretty different place these days, with a wealth of excellent places to eat and drink, and shop as well. One of those is my ex-neighbours aka the girls', A Portugese Love Affair. I think they try to stock as many things that they love from their home country that they can, from beautiful little parcels of tinned fish to vases to exquisite Vinho Verde. If you visit the Flower Market which takes place on Sunday, be sure to pay them a visit. Check Brawn, Clutch, The Royal Oak and Sager & Wilde for local fuel and refreshments.
James, 43 Secretsundaze Co-Founder and DJ
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A Portuguese Love Affair
London EC1Y 1BE, United Kingdom
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The best, freshest flowers in town at the best price!
Ludovic, 38 Photographer
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London Florist Shop
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25B Crawford St, Marylebone, London W1H 1LJ, UK
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Favourite spot for buying flowers! As part of my work, I send a lot of flowers to people – about six bunches a week. It makes sense to find a good florist.
Marine, 30 CEO of MTArt Agency
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Titanias Garden
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Haynes Lane LONDON SE19 3AN, London SE19, UK
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Little vintage market.
Marlene, 31 Graphic Designer
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Haynes Lane Market
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74B King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4TZ, UK
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This is a great little spot by Kings Road where you can shop for organic food, plants and flowers. There are also a couple of restaurants with great local food, farm to table type and a great outdoor seating for the sunny days with DJ on the weekends.
Marlene, 35 Founder of HipAbroad & Non-frugal Traveler
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Chelsea Farmers Market
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SE22 9ET
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One of the best flower shops in all of London
Elisa, 32 Studio Manager, Animation Studio
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The Fresh Flower Co
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Churchill Arms, Kensington, London W8, UK
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Flower-bedecked exterior and a Winston Churchill filled interior serving one of the best Thai curries London has to offer.
Kofi, 30 Financial Analyst & Blogger
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Churchill Arms
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493-495 Hackney Rd, London E2 9ED, UK
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A little vegetated haven nestled in the heart of Hackney. Despite the shop being relatively small, and packed with exotic plants and flowers, you'd be surprised how long you can explore it for. It is a shop, and the plants are quite expensive, but the staff don't seem to mind you dropping in for just a muse. Also, extremely instagramable! I took a picture of my sister with an air plant on her head and raked in the likes.
Evie-Rose, 26 Talent Partner at an HR Startup
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