May 112009

You are never short of things to do in London. One of my favourites is to browse around the various London markets. Now everyone knows the obvious ones but here are a couple of my favourites that are a bit less well known.

Columbia Rd Flower Market

Columbia Rd Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market.

You can often find me here on Sunday mornings mooching through all the gorgeous shabby chic garden accessories. The street market is a great place for drinking in the atmosphere. There are quite a few place to buy great coffee or more exotic street food. Look out for the deep fried chilli prawns, they are delicious!
Once you’ve had your fill of exotic flowers and plants you can nip down the road and have a wonderful Vietnamese lunch in one of the many cafes. They’re all good so just pick a busy one and enjoy!

Spitalfields Market

Just near Liverpool St station you’ll find the uber trendy, recently totally refurbished Spitalfields Market. My favourite time to visit is on a Sunday morning. Then there’s a real buzz of people, lots of unique craft and fashion, some ‘antique’ and vintage stalls and some interesting shops. It’s worth a visit most days but Sundays are a bit special.

On a week day don’t forget to stroll right round the outside of the market area as there are lots of interesting shops. If you are there on a Sunday you can still do a bit of window shopping at places like “Fairy Goth Mother”.

There are some nice places to lunch in Spitalfields too or you could try some of the excellent street food then just have a luxury coffee and cake in one of the many cafes.

The ones with pavement seating are ideal. You can sip your coffee while you watch the world go by, enjoy that favourite London pastime, celeb spotting, and plan other things to do in London.

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