So it seems that I can now tick Columbia Road off the list of Blogger Destinations to Visit. This well known market for flowers is tucked behind the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch High Street and I’ve somehow never stumbled across it before. There’s even a Rob Ryan shop which I didn’t even know existed! I suppose it’s easily done as this place only really springs to life one day a week and I do tend to stick to the spots I know in East London. Plus my day of rest is usually kept as just that and I’d almost forgotten how fun it feels to put the last part of the weekend to good use. Apparently the day we chose to visit was ‘quiet’ even though I had to constantly dodge people, animals and flowers to get some of these shots of the surroundings. Still, who doesn’t like to look at and take pictures of flowers. On such a dull January afternoon, they brightened up the landscape and made the numb fingers and toes worth it.
It’s nice to see an area full of thriving independent shops and I can’t wait to venture back when it’s a bit warmer to see them all properly. This place looked extremely inviting from the outside and I’m pleased to find out that it’s a collaboration between two creatives with complementary styles. My head told me to have a coffee at Lilly Vanilli’s café to keep myself warm but all my heart really wanted was a slice of Red Velvet cake. Next time I won’t be so sensible.
Have you been to Columbia Road yet? It’s only a matter of time surely. I’m saving my outfit photos for later as there was just so much I wanted to include about the day. We even bumped into Roz and Dvora and spotted a few hardcore street style photographers, proving that the social media set was out in full force to document away. It’s interesting to see what details others pick up on when they go, please note Charlie, Kit and Shini’s posts for the numerous ways to make flowers interesting. Unfortunately I didn’t buy any for myself this time around but I’m sure it’s a foregone conclusion once Spring arrives and I’m wearing some sort of floral concoction.