Quite possibly my favourite thing about Columbia Road Flower Market, is that you can go a hundred times and never have the same experience.
Each visit shows you something new, something fresh and something lovely.
Whether it’s the changing seasons bringing a change of stock, seeking out a new restaurant, discovering a new vintage stall, or falling in love with a new band… I don’t think you could ever tire of this place.
I popped over this weekend for a freezing stroll along the blossom filled street.
Sellers shout their wares, drawing you in with deals, jokes and flowering facts.
The first signs of Spring creeping into the cold…
Veer off to the left about half way down and you’ll find a spot to rest your feet, maybe even listen to few street performances, too.
There are foodie stalls, vintage clothes, crockery, art and antiques up for grabs.
Personally I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday!
Having picked up a few groceries and a couple of bunches, we headed for lunch.
Campaña is hidden away in one of the side streets. Look for coloured chairs and a green door.
It’s the perfect place to defrost!
The menu is simple and rustic.
And the coffee can perk anyone right up!
The three of us shared a few nibbles.
The lardo, truffle cheese ^, and cold meats really stood out for me… but couldn’t match this hunk of a sandwich!
Just look at that bread… stuffed with prosciutto, rocket and drizzled in nutty olive oil.
Truly a thing of beauty!
Having warmed our cockles we headed outside to join the gathering crowd around a group of buskers.
…and their Lurcher!
After a bit of a chat I found out their name, and it’s Concrete Mountain. A brilliant, home grown string band.
Giv’um a listen.
Full, burdened with flowers, toasty and with a toe-tappin’ song in our heads, we said our goodbyes to the market and headed West.