Columbia Road Flower market


Karine Candice Köng in TIME OUT magazineLast month, I mentioned a photoshoot in Columbia Road Flower market for a feature Time Out was doing on creative people shopping at London’s best street markets. The article came out yesterday so I picked up a copy on my way to a business meeting and ending up smiling like an idiot in the train stopping myself from saying to complete strangers in the tube “Look! c’est moi la… on the page!”

A big thank you to the lovely Maggie, Shopping & Style Editor at Time Out who is also behind Chic Little Baby. Here is the article and below a few photos I took at Campania.
Yours, Karine, Design Expert (so they say :-)
For botanists Columbia Road Flower Market
Our market insider: Karine Candice Kong, design expert
(I swear I didn’t tell them to put this but I LIKE it!)When should you visit Columbia Road Flower Market?
“The Market starts at 8am every Sunday and it’s best to get there as early as possible. It gets very busy if the weather is quite nice. It winds down about 3pm.”
What do you head for?
“One of my favourite shops is Vintage Heaven at no 82 – it’s the perfect place to snap up vintage treasures. The Yard on Ezra street is a mini fleamarket that has some great things and is always worth a look. Rob Ryan makes intricate and delicate paper-cut and we have some of his work in our BODIE and FOU online store. His shop is called Ryantown. Campania at no 95 is a little greasy spoon cafe a l’italienne, full of charm and inspiration. Ben Southgate at no 4 The Courtyard on Ezra street is a great shop for industrial furniture and old school maps.”
What should you avoid?
“Don’t buy plants and flowers from the first stall you see. walk around and check out a few stalls before buying to compare prices and quality. If you buy bulk quantities don’t hesitate to bargain. Columbia Road is a great place to go if you are doing a garden up.”
Top tips…
“Don’t forget to take your camera and don’t rush. Columbia Road is a unique place with a very special atmosphere, so take your time. There are a lot of interesting characters and it’s a very creative place to hang out.”


  • Di Overton

    Of course you are a design expert, how would Bode and Fou be as good as it is if you were not?

  • Francesca

    may i also recommend the coffee & walnut cake at vintage heaven. it’s amazing, although since the recession the slices have got smaller. booooo!

  • Maggie Westhead

    We are thrilled with the feature. It looks great. Thanks again for yoru input! Maggie (Time Out) and Chic Little Baby blog

  • Paul & Paula

    we went a lot to columbia road when still living in london, it always filled our sundays…
    we went to spitalfields as well and had lots of nice food in between!
    sigh…. one more thing I miss about LOndOn…

  • Sobinique

    You look great! I loved Columbia road when I visited Londen! Taking you camera is the best tip, I took so many pictures! I posted them on my blog here:
    Have a great weekend!

  • Unique Boutiques

    Love this post, love this photo, love Columbia Road – how I miss it!

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