With it being the Chelsea Flower show this week we thought we would share with you the floral delights Hackney has to offer.
Just a short walk from our store based in London Fields over the canal is Columbia Road which is a must visit on a Sunday. The street is transformed into London’s most visually appealing market, overflowing with an oasis of foliage and flowers. You can find everything from beautiful blossoming peonies to exotic succulants, bedding plants and herbs. The air is intense with the scent of flowers and lemon trees. Quite possibly our favourite thing about Columbia Road Flower Market, is that you can go a hundred times and never have the same experience. Each visit brings something new, something fresh and something exciting.
In addition to the market Columbia Road boast being one of the few streets in the country composed of sixty independent shops. Small art galleries sit next to cup cake shops, vintage clothes stores, English and Italian delis, garden and antique shops. There is also a wealth of great pubs, cafes and restaurants.
With an armful of flowers we always make sure we stop at the Pavilion Bakery for coffee, one of their delicious turmeric buns and of course a loaf of sour dough.
If you are heading down there with the dog try to get there early to avoid the crowds.
If you still haven’t quite had your plant fix for the day then we would recommend stopping by Conservatory Archives, which is just a short walk from Columbia Road up the Hackney Road. The store is a greenhouse wonder, a beautifully curated mix of plants from roof lifting palms to microscopic succulents are housed within a vintage building, formerly the oldest ironmongers in London. The floor to ceiling glass front offsets the plants to perfection giving it a lush greenhouse feel that is enough to stop you in your tracks. We love stopping by for plant inspiration for our Fetch & Follow Store.