Where Hipsters Buy Flowers

Want to woo your date with a bunch of roses?

Warning: This is a date for early risers, not night owls.

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Columbia Road Flower Market has it all. It does exactly what it says on the tin but for those who don’t live North/East, it is a bit of a trek to get to and may not be that appealing on a Sunday morning – when it’s open.

But if you are venturing to the market, you’ll find one very long road, lined with stalls and stalls of flowers.

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There was definite hustle and bustle, traders crying out in a typical sales banter way, tourists and hipsters jostling each other down the road carrying bouquets and potted plants, with the scents of nature cushioning you as you walk.

If you aren’t good with crowds, don’t come here. But if you can just about manage, it’s worth a visit to pick up flowers, plants, herbs or seeds for reasonable prices. Anything from tulips to roses to black lilies to cabbage. Yes, cabbage.

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Regardless of whether you plan to buy or not, it’s a good place to people watch and admire the characters of East London, wander round the little boutique shops on Columbia Road, stop for a little respite in the outdoor cafés and restaurants, or just chill out and listen to the buskers.

Overall, a buzzy market, as it should be. Just mind the crowds.

Date factor: Great for day dates, 100th dates

Getting there: 10-minute walk from Hoxton train station

More info: http://www.columbiaroad.info/flowermarket

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