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Loved this girl sitting on her windowsill selling homemade cupcakes for 40p!

Lily Vanilli Bakery

Columbia Road Flower Market, London, E2 7RG

You can leave it to me to kill already-dead herbs, but the flower market probably is one of my favourite places in London. But I’m probably not one of a tulip’s favourite things, obviously. It’s just 15 minutes away with the bicycle from home but every Sunday morning I find myself busy bullet-pointing reasons in my head why it’s better inside the duvet than out, then it gets to point no. 7 and it’s about 5pm and time to go to church. But whenever I do make it down, I ask myself why I’m not there every single weekend. Granted, the current season’s flowers look more like cabbages (or was that pre-brunch hunger talking) but it’s the puppies, the girls in khaki fedoras and red lipstick, the famous cappuccino from Lily Vanilli with a sprinkle of chocolate powder that make it so good. Funny thing is, I’ve never yet had a chance to buy any flowers (still looking for that perfect vase…) but it really is one of my favourite places to give up a sleepy Sunday morning for.

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  1. I keep meaning to go here but, like you, would rather enjoy my lazy Sunday lie-in. This week will be the week!

    http://www.blahblahbecky.co.uk

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  2. Oh how I love flowers. I always take home several bouquets to decorate my living room. WIthout them everything looks plain and boring and they can really lift my spirt. And who needs a perfect vase? I do have a couple of vases, but I just as often use a simple can or big glass to place the flours in. Doesn’t make them any less pretty.

    I love your photographs. Beautiful! THank you for taking me with you on your trip.

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    Yah you’re right, who needs a perfect vase! I think I meant ‘a perfect occasion to buy a vase and not smash it on my bikeride home’… So going to try your big glass/can option though…

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  3. I am always over and over again impressed by your beautiful photographs… your blog sure is stunning and it makes me want to buy endless amounts of flowers : )

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  4. I love getting wondrously lost in your magical captures. The way you portray the flower market festivities is so enriching and beautiful.

    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  5. Gosh, your photos are the best. I cannot express just how much I am in awe of your photography.

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  6. i love these floral shots. your editing skills are something – everything just POPS so well

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  7. ok now my pictures are NOTHING in comparison…!! was you using a 50mm f 1.4? the light is amazing!!! compliments, your post is gorgeous as always!!!
    C.

    here is my post about Columbia Road Flower Market: http://www.thetraveleater.com/2011/11/columbia-road-flower-power-at-market.html

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    Hi hi! I really loved your shots as well, so frank and to-the-point!
    Yup I was using a 50mm, thank you always Costanza, always lovely to hear from you :D

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    <3 thank you you're too kind! I'd like to receive for Christmas a 50mm too! :) I'll let you know!

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  8. ah I absolutely know what you mean! Usually Sundays got to be sleepy and cosy and I don’t make one step out of the door.. but this is simply amazing! I love flowers! I wish there was a market like that here in Vienna.

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  9. So many fresh flowers! Yay! It seems like it was a fantastic excursion, thank you for sharing. The photographs are really lovely. Hope that you have a great weekend!

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  10. words cannot explain how much I love your photos.
    Absolutely beautiful. =)

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  11. such beautiful pictures

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  12. love these photos, so beautiful!!

    http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com

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  13. sigh. Am in one of those moods, i feel like i need to smother myself in those cupcakes!
    What goregous bulbs!

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  14. I love your pictures, you’re one of my inspirations when it comes to photography, looking at these wondrous pictures makes me want to head down to the markets soon!

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  15. Oh, this flower market seems o amazing!
    All the flowers, all the plants look so lively even in this cold wind blowing season.
    I will be so happy if there is a market like this near my home.

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  16. amazing photos, as always. the light is amazing!

    with love,
    your opinion is VERY important for me!http://chocarome.blogspot.com/

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  17. these pictures are gorgeous

    http://www.vasilievablog.com/
    x

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  18. I’m surprised you make it to a point no. 7, the ‘better inside the duvet’ is worth several points surely! Your beautiful photographs have persuaded me though, I’ll have to venture there soon…maybe….if it’s not too cold

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  19. May

    알뿌리식물들이네요 ~
    가끔 여기 들러서 사진 보고 가는데
    모든 사진들이 정말 너무너무 너무너무 좋아요~*
    색감도 … 정말 어떻게 이렇게 포착해내시는건지…!
    제가 경험할수 없는 많은것들을
    여기서 간접적으로 경험하고 갑니다~
    멋진 사진 볼수 있게해주셔서 감사합니다 ㅋ_ㅋ
    앞으로도 좋은사진 멋진사진 부탁드릴게요~*!*

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  20. I wonder how to get the nails done on second picture? Is that u, Shini?

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    Noope that’s Kit! I heard it was a nail sticker thingy she got on ebay, I’ll ask her to reply to this comment!

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  21. Looks like such a serene place!

    http://cestlavieophelia.blogspot.com/

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  22. these photos are magical–an ideal way to spend a sunday xo

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  23. you can’t beat a post with dogs in it

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  24. So beautifully captured Shini! I love looking through your lens xx

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  25. amazing pictures. i love the leopard nails

    FRASSY

    http://www.befrassy.com

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  26. are your nails by nail rock? they look great!

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    Ooh they’re not my nails, those are Kit’s!
    I remember she said she bought it off of Ebay, a sticker thingi that works better than Nail Rock… lemme ask!

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  27. Wow. Beautiful photos! Love the pictures of the flowers :)

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  28. So pretty!!!! Happy sunday! XO Rebecca

    http://raspberry-rouge.com/

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  29. loving shots!

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  30. what absolutely beautiful images! I love the flowers and the festivity. sundays are the best.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

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  31. I love your photographs, they are always so beautiful and artistically done.. I am a huge fan of your blog! The flower market looks very fun indeed, must remember to check it out when I am next in London! :)

    B xx

    http://www.phoandchips.com

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  32. So beautiful Shini! Although I’d have to be reeaally motivated if i wanted. To get there from ‘up north’ .. I once made the mistake of visiting in the week but actually it was still beautiful with closed colouful doors Xx

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  33. Wonderful photos!
    xoxo
    dolceedamara.blogspot.com

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  34. Looks so wonderful!

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  35. I want to jump into these photos!

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  36. franzi

    btw: HOW SWEET ARE THOSE DOGS!?

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  37. @Shini,

    Hello from Hong Kong!

    The nail sticker thingy is from Incoco, DO NOT PURCHASE THEM from major department stores they rip you off, they charge you £30 for a set. You can buy a set by the same brand on ebay for $6.99 http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=incoco&_sacat=See-All-Categories

    x

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  38. Oh, delightful photos…. and flowers. I love buy them for home.

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  40. Everytime i see your pictures Im so amazed, really ! The diversity , the quality, the creativity,…

    Biz from Switzerland ;-)
    http://thesweetcallingofmountains.blogspot.com

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  41. Shini, these photos are crazy beautiful. We must go here together when I’m in London. Wish there was a place to get such gorgeous flowers at such reasonable prices here in Zurich. Oooo, can’t get over how much eye-candy there is in this post! Swoooon. It’s making me dream about spring. xx

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  42. Really nice pictures!
    x

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  43. Grey

    how can i get the coat in third pic?
    that’s really adorable

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  44. I love this photographies, it seems to be quiet whatever this is a market.
    I like the nailpolish in the second picture, nice effect.

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  47. Was searching for some interesting UK-based blogs to read, and found you via The Cherry Blossom Girl – glad I did.
    Will spend my tomorrow exploring your blog :)

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  49. Oooohh!! Columbia Road is heaven

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  51. There’s definately a lot to know about this issue. I really like all of the points you have made.

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