Along with coconut lattes and avo on toast, picking up your weekend blooms to Instagram has become another millennial stereotype to check off the list. Luckily London has a wealth of flower markets to accommodate. From hipster hangouts strewn with cafes, pubs and independent shops to nocturnal landmarks for horticultural hardcores that open in the small hours. Whether you’re wild about hydrangeas or go nuts for a bouquet of ranunculus, here are the best flower markets in London, ideal if you’re weekend schedule is looking a little stale.
Without a doubt London’s best and most famous flower market, Colombia Road is where locals, Londoners and tourists flock on a Sunday to get that all important Instagram snap. The narrow road is lined with independent shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries, in fact, it’s one of the few in the country that doesn’t have a single chain brand. But it’s Sunday when Colombia Road really comes alive, as flower and plant sellers pitch up with everything from hydrangeas to banana trees on offer. If you want to get the best flowers head there for 8am, or if you’re after more of a bargain, the stall holders are usually packing up by 3pm and giving out serious deals. “Three for a fiver, mate!”
Every Sunday from 8am until 3pm(ish)
Don’t be mistaken on the location of London’s biggest flower market. After 40 years, New Covent Garden has relocated to between Battersea and Vauxhall, to a huge space that houses some of the capital’s top wholesalers. This is where many London florists come to stock up for their own businesses, so be aware you can only buy wholesale. And unless you’re Elton John, that’s a lot of flowers for the average London home. We suggest grabbing a bunch of friends and making a morning of it, splitting the flowers and splitting the cost, which due to the wholesale nature of the market, will get you a seriously good deal. Oh, and be aware, the market officially opens at 4am (some sellers open even earlier), so be sure to get an early night the day before.
Monday to Saturday 4am to 10am
Ok, so not technically a flower market, but certainly one of Hackney’s coolest curated spaces. The site plays host to an open kitchen, deli, wine bar and bottle shop, pop-ups, interiors and the stunning mini flower market by Rebel Rebel, whose clients include the likes of Vogue, BBC, BAFTA and Dior. Their style is seasonal, as British as possible and bursting with colour. Don’t blame us if you come away with half your salary’s worth of blooms.
Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 6.30pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Filled with cool bars, lively pubs, curated book shops and more, Broadway Market is bustling at the best of times. A favourite of the fashion set, you’ll often see well-dressed Londoners heading here on a Saturday, brown paper-wrapped bunch in hand. Not too far from Colombia Road, it’s a more chilled option if you can’t face the crowds.
Saturdays 9am to 5.30pm
Just a stone’s throw from Oxford Street sits Berwick Street Market in the heart of Soho. Dating back to 1778, it’s one of London’s most iconic central spots – where market stall holders, from florists to fruit and veg and street food, sit together. Head to Ronnie’s Flowers – London’s oldest flower market stall to pick up some of our favourite blooms from dahlias to roses.
Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm
Not to be confused with Shoreditch’s Old Spitalfield’s Market, New Spitalfield’s Market sits in Leyton and offers wholesale fruit, veg and flowers. Here’s the raw deal, it opens at midnight and runs until 11am – one for the most hardcore of botanists (or serious insomniacs).
Monday to Saturday, midnight to 11am