Columbia Road Flower Market
The Columbia Road flower market began as a Saturday trading market. It was moved to Sunday, by Act of Parliament, in order to accommodate the needs of local Jewish traders. This also provided the opportunity for Covent Garden and Spitalfields traders to sell their stock left over from Saturday. The enduring interest and demand for cut flowers and plants were introduced to the East End by Huguenot immigrants (driven from France after 1685 by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes), together with a fascination for caged song birds. The pub at the end of the market is called The Birdcage.
There are a number of stations to which you can arrive as the market is roughly equidistant from Liverpool Street, Bethnal Green, Old Street tube stations and the Hoxton station, on Cremer St.
However, we will meet at Shoreditch Overground Station and walk to the market via parts of Shoreditch.
Image © Norman Smith