My perfect Sunday always starts with a visit to Columbia Road Flower Market. This very London experience takes place every Sunday between 8am to 2pm and is a cornucopia of garden and house plants and cut flowers.
To get the best from Columbia Road, always arrive early – ideally before 10am as it gets busy very quickly. Walk up and down a few times to identify the bargains of the day – it is amazing the variations in price and quality between the various stalls! Then with mental list compiled head off to one of the lovely cafes for a coffee and a bacon roll. For those in search of something a little stronger, The Royal Oak Pub has the associated market license and is open from 8am on Sundays, spot the people who still have not been to bed from the night before!
For those not so green fingered, chic little boutiques line this historic street along with shops selling breads, cheese and other beautiful bits and bobs. My favourite shop is Treacle, a haven of fairy cakes, Victoria sponges and fruit loaves. Their mini fairy cakes look like trays of jewels.
So even if you are not a committed gardener, Columbia Road Market is a colourful and fun place for people watching or for grabbing a bite to eat.