No 288. Grab a 3am bagel at the Brick Lane Beigel Bake, No 839. Visit Spitalfields Market and No 840. Go to Columbia Road Flower Market

23 Dec

My mum hates Sundays.  She says they always feel slightly depressing and quiet as the weekend comes to an end.

One of the many beautiful things about London is that there is always something to do and Sundays are a busy hive of activity.

We started off our day relatively bright and early with a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market.  This place is beautiful all year round but for me, there is something really special about it around Christmas.

Sprigs of holly

Sprigs of holly

One of the colourful stalls

One of the colourful stalls

You can buy anything you want here from bedding plants to orange trees. Yesterday, there was also holly hanging everywhere, mistletoe for sale by the bag, festive red berries and quirky decorations.  As you walk through the market, the sellers shout out prices and jokes (most of them very cheesy but that’s part of the fun).

Every single shop on this street is independent and they sell all sorts of charming goods.  We came home with this poster which we love.  I think you can guess what some of our New Year’s resolutions are going to be.

Next year we will...

Next year we will…

After wandering around, we headed off for an elevenses bagel.  Ok, this is meant to be a 3am activity but the only way that is going to happen with a baby is if we head out after her early morning feed.  And I’m not sure she’s ready for the Brick Lane night-time crowd just yet.

At 11am, there was a queue out of the door.  These guys clearly know what they’re doing.  You can get all kinds of fillings but the traditional one is salt beef with mustard and gherkins.  Apart from a brief mustard shock which nearly knocked me sideways, this is one amazing way to eat a bagel.  Boiled before they are baked, these are crammed to the brim with moist, tender beef.

Mmm mmm

Mmm mmm

Finally, we headed up Brick Lane market.  Everything is for sale here from sewing machines to records to furniture.  Now some of this stuff would never sell at a boot sale but here at Brick Lane, one person’s tat really is another person’s treasure.  But it is so much fun and there are some bargains to be had like at Rokit.

Spitalfields Market is different though.  A covered market, you’re more likely to find genuine vintage dresses, unusual art, hip things for your home and cute baby clothes with catchy slogans.

Spitalfields Market

Perfect for browsing or picking up some original buys.  As well as Sundays, there is an antiques market on Thursdays (antiques market), an additional record market on the first and third Friday of every month and a themed market every Saturday. There’s also the massive array of food from chain offerings like Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Las Iguanas, to the amazing Androuet restaurant attached to the cheese shop.

All in all, a very happy way to spend a Sunday and an excellent reminder of what makes London so fabulous.

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