On Sunday I ventured to The Columbia Road Flower Market in London, it was a gloriously sunny summers day and the streets were alive with bustling crowds of people, flowers, pugs and shop stalls. Amongst the sea of flowers and cacti, lay little independent shops, many of which were selling vintage and handmade products, one shop in particular caught my eye immediately; Bahasa!
As I walked past, I noticed the bright colours and gypsy style products sat in the window. I thought to myself how similar it all looked to Ian Snow, before realising, there was one of our Bird of Paradise cushions! Inside the shop, a whole wall is taken over by our velvet cushions and bed spreads.
The shop was full of people, and colourful stock covered every shelf. I spoke to the owner who expressed his love of our cushions, and the company itself. It was incredibly refreshing to come across a shop in the middle of Columbia Road London, selling our products!
The market is an incredibly busy and exciting place to visit, I absolutely loved it! Prices are very reasonable, and the selection of plants is unlike anywhere else I’ve been to. I was drawn in by the amazing selection of cacti; £2 each or three for £5, I ended up walking away with two mini cacti which had brightly coloured flowers, and a bunch of semi-dried (everlasting) flowers. I will definitely be putting my mini cacti in our new Ian Snow terrariums! Cute little coffee and cake shops are also dotted around the market, we went to Lily Vanilli – a quirky, designer bakery which sells the most decadent cakes! Some are even decorated with mini pineapples on top!
The Columbia Road Flower Market is a busy hub of stalls and independent shops, and there’s definitely a lot to be discovered!
Columbia Road, London E2 7RG • Open Saturday and Sunday • www.iansnow.com