Mike and I have previously been to the Columbia Road Flower Market and we were eager to share it with my parents. It’s a bit of a trek from southwest London, but you can make a day out of it by also checking out Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane at the same time. The market starts bright and early on Sunday morning and lasts until about three or four in the afternoon.
The flower market is always a pleasure to visit because I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate beautiful flowers. The different stalls have various blooms on display and it was a nice reminder that spring is around the corner! The streets are lined with independent shops and little hole in the wall coffee stands. It would be nice to explore the area on a normal day without the heavy traffic of the market.
I knew it would be a bit difficult to navigate through the market with our large stroller, but it proved nearly impossible. Mike tucked into a quiet coffee shop with the buggy and some motherly ladies were more than happy to make him a latte and fawn over the baby. However, it wasn’t long before William was hungry and we had to find a place to sit down for lunch. The area in the immediate vicinity of the market does not have a lot of spacious, child friendly restaurants. Luckily we found a safe haven in the Stingray Globe Cafe, which I will add to my true list of London Cheap Eats as they have pizzas and calzones larger than my 32 week baby bump for around £7. I think the next time we visit a busy market we will have to use a baby carrier instead of the stroller.
After lunch, we walked down Brick Lane to Spitalfields Market where we did a bit of shopping. We parted ways with my parents who got some fish and chips at Poppies and then went to the Barbican Centre to hear the London Symphony Orchestra, while Mike and I enjoyed a quiet evening at home.