Camden Market

Since we've been in London, one of our favourite things to do is go to markets and there are so many that by the time we leave we won't even make a dent on the market scene.

There are several reasons why we like markets so much:

1. Markets have awesome food. We've yet to go to a market in London that has bad food. They don't exist. And the food is cheap, which leads to our second reason...

2. Markets don't cost any money to visit. At least until you buy tons of stuff.

3. Pretty much every borough has it's own market, so we're always finding new places and discovering new things on our way to and from the markets. Don't be afraid to go off the main roads. Go down side streets and try new routes. It's the best way to discover a city. 

Josh's classmates at school told him that the Camden Markets are particularly exciting. So we headed there on a Saturday to find out. The core of the market is an old horse stable. You can literally get lost for hours wandering the tunnels and little ally's. This market is a bit cheesy when it comes to the vendors, lots of cheap gimmicks for tourists and after a while the stalls start to blend and look the same... BUT there are gems to be found. The food alone is worth a visit.

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Happy Sunday

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Columbia Road Flower Market - Road Two

Here we are again. The Columbia Road Flower Market has become a tradition. Be it in sun, wind or rain, nothing can hold me back. Every Sunday our house is graced with fresh new flowers. I don't see a better way to welcome the week ahead. So here are some pictures from week two at the market.

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Columbia Road Flower Market

I've heard a lot about London's famous sunday farmers markets, but this is the one I've been looking forward to the most. Open every Sunday from 8-2pm, the rule of thumb is the earlier you come the better the pick of flowers you get. Jet leg is still kicking our butts, and the only thing that got me out of bed was the buckets of Ranunculus calling my name. It was a little bit of a trek to East London but at 9am on a Sunday, London is a ghost town.

The market had an abundance of potted plants along with fresh cut flowers. Tulips, daffodils, ranunculus, anemones, hyacynth, hydrangeas, eucalyptus, those are just the few I knew the names of. I wouldn't exactly say the flowers were cheap but nothing here in London is cheap. It's a realization we've been forced to face very quickly. Most spring flowers were 3 bunches for £10, or £4/bunch. 

After realizing that we didn't have a vase (and trying to find the cheapest one we could), we began the search for our flowers. I had my mind set on ranunculus and anemones, but there were so many beautiful flowers, Josh literally had to pull me out of the market with my few bunches in hand or I would've been buying vendors  out of their stock. 

These are some of the pictures from our flower market adventure.

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