COLUMBIA ROAD London ,
Running through the bustling area of Shoreditch in the hipster E2 patch of east London, the cobbled Victorian street known as Columbia Road welcomes thousands of visitors every Sunday when the ower market, which started in the 1860s, bursts into life. Most of the 60 or so shops are independent and, while businesses come and go, they remain an unusual mix of artisan makers, vintage and antiques stores such as Two Columbia
Road (twocolumbiaroad.co.uk), and boutiques selling gardenalia, fashion and food – Mason &
Painter (masonandpainter.co. uk), and The Garden Shop to name a couple. Margaret Willis of Vintage Heaven (vintage heaven.co.uk), who has been here for 11 years selling vintage homeware and also runs a cafe in her shop, believes it is the
ower market that sustains them. ‘ It is a beautiful spectacle,’ she says. The road’s upcoming ‘Christmas Wednesdays’ fall on 12th and 19th December, when stores open for late-night shopping with carol singing provided by the local vicar, accompanied by a piano that is wheeled down the street.
ABOVE At number 82 Columbia Road you’ll find Vintage Heaven, a homeware-cum-cake shop that houses a wide array of collectable items from glass and ceramics to fabric, and even a small selection of furniture. BELOW The famous Flower Market is a huge draw to this hip and happening area of east London.