From busier commuter trains to hordes of tourists at Oxford Circus, London’s evolution towards a ‘new normal’ has been increasingly evident in recent weeks. However, a surefire sign of the capital’s post-Omicron revival is the return of cheery crowds to the Columbia Road Flower Market this weekend.
Located in Bethnal Green in East London, between Brick Lane and Spitalfields, the Columbia Road Flower Market is a popular street market bursting with colorful flowers, houseplants, bulbs and more, which takes place every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. And like new pictures of MyLondon reveal, London’s favorite flower stalls were packed with smiling Londoners ahead of Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February 13.
Visitors of all ages flocked to the quaint Victorian street of Hackney Road to buy everything from bouquets of hand-selected eucalyptus and red roses wrapped in brown paper to gigantic green plants. Others opted for vibrant bouquets of yellow flowers or simple bouquets of brilliant purple lavender.
The joy among visitors to the Columbia Road Flower Market was clear despite the gray weather. Many waved their flowers triumphantly for photos or posed for snaps with their friends.
Faux fur-trimmed puffer jackets, scarves, fuzzy hats, woolen beanies and the odd umbrella were all strewn as smiling crowds battled the rain on the narrow cobbled street.
The humans weren’t the only ones having fun either, with some visitors bringing their dogs to East London’s famous open-air flower market.
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All the while, the market’s notoriously friendly traders, many of whom grow or import their own produce, chatted with customers and bagged seasonal floral produce.
Crowds at the Columbia Road Flower Market document a definite step towards London’s ‘new normal’ since the announcement that most COVID-19 rules are likely to be erased. Although it is due to expire in England on March 24, Boris Johnson is expected to end all remaining rules a month early, with the government set to set out its new strategy when Parliament returns from recess on February 21.
In fact, the pretty Flower Market is certainly not the only place in London to see an upsurge in crowds. MyLondon visited central London hubs including Oxford Street and Regents Street last week and found them full of people – although others like the west end have not yet been fully revived.
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The Columbia Road Flower Market is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and about a five-minute walk from Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street stations on the East London line. It is only open on Sundays.
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