Columbia Road, London

I had the best of times on Sunday. Although a bit on the chilly side, by 9am Columbia Road in London was buzzing !

Columbia Road Flower Market

The flower market was on, shops and cafes were open, but the over riding memory of the day was the heady perfume from the cascading, colourful flower stalls.

Columbia Road sign

Columbia Road flower market
roses  flowers

Jessie Chorley

So many of the shops are independent and kitsch. One of the main reasons for visiting was to pop into Jessie Chorley & Buddug’s Shop . 

I wasn’t disappointed.

Every part of the shop is covered in original artwork.

Columbia Road jessie chorley shop
Buddug opening up the shop.
Columbia Road shop jessie chorley
shopping in Columbia Road
I bought a small mystery goody for myself.
vintage pram outside Columbia Road shop
Columbia Road shop jessie chorley


The entrance to the shop was decorated with Buddug and Jessie’s work.  A beautiful vintage dress was embellished with hand embroidery.  A hand made ‘Open’ sign hung over the doorway.

Columbia Road shop jessie chorley
Columbia Road shop jessie chorley - window display

Eclectic Mix

The road is a wonderful eclectic mix of quirky shops.
Columbia Road shop
Columbia Road shops
Columbia Road shop
inside a Columbia Road shop


All the way down the Road are small coffee outlets set up in doorways selling refreshments and some have handmade doughnuts too – Yummy!

Columbia Road coffee shop

Have you found any brilliant shops in this part of London? Do you have any good tips for finding treasures? Share your thoughts below.

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