9 of the Best Flower Markets in London

9 of the Best Flower Markets in London

Visitors to London should not miss the best flower markets in town. London is home to lots of flower markets, each unique in its offerings and experience. From Sunday markets lined with flowers and independent coffee shops, to early morning markets where you can get the best deals on your blooms. Come with us as we dive into the famous and little known floral offerings of London.

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History of London Flower Markets

London’s first flower markets appeared in the 17th century, and by the 19th century they had become an integral part of London’s landscape. The Covent Garden Market was opened in 1670 and was the first wholesale flower market in London. Today, whilst the buildings may remain the same, the flower market has in fact moved south of the river to New Covent Garden in Nine Elms.

The outside of New Covent Garden Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market followed Covent Garden, first opening in 1869, making it one of the oldest markets in the UK. Today, our floral city’s markets aren’t just limited to these two – there’s plenty more to choose from, so come with us as we explore them all.

Flowers in every colour at New Covent Garden Market

For those who want to take in flowers still on the trees and in their beds, make sure you check out our seasonal guide to floral London for the best places to spot cherry blossoms, magnolias, lavender, wisteria, and daffodils.

9 Notable London Flower Markets

If you are a flower lover, London is the place to be. The city is home to several flower markets, and each one has its unique charm. Here are our favourite flower markets that you should visit:

Columbia Road Flower Market

Pretty flowers at Columbia Road Sunday market

Columbia Road Flower Market is one of the most famous flower markets in London. Located in the East End, just a short 10 minute walk from Shoreditch High Street Station or Hoxton Station. The market is home to over 50 independent flower shops and stalls, selling a variety of flowers, plants, and gardening accessories. The market is known for its lively atmosphere, and you can expect to see crowds of people browsing the stalls. Whether you’re after some spring tulips or your very own London Christmas tree – Columbia Road is the place to be on a sunday. 

We recommend going early, e.g. when it opens to avoid the crowds as the road fills up quickly every Sunday. Skip breakfast at home and grab a pastry and coffee from one of the cute independent cafes located along Columbia Road.

Address: Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG

Opening Hours: Sundays 8am – 2pm

New Covent Garden Flower Market

a look inside new covent garden flower market

New Covent Garden Flower Market is the largest wholesale flower market in the UK. Located in Nine Elms, the market supplies flowers and plants to florists, events companies, and garden centres across the country. The market is open from Monday to Saturday, and visitors are welcome to browse the stalls and purchase flowers and plants (even if you don’t work in the flower industry). The market is known for its wide range of flowers, and you can find everything from exotic blooms and classic roses, to foliage and poinsettias.

This London flower market has its very own car park (which has a small charge), or the nearest stations are Battersea Power Station and Vauxhall.

Address: New Covent Garden Market, New Covent Rd, Nine Elms, London SW8 5EH

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 4am – 10am, Saturday: 4am – 9am

Greenwich Flower Market

Greenwich Flower Market is a hidden gem located in the heart of Greenwich. The market is open every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm and is home to several independent florists and plant sellers. The market is known for its friendly atmosphere, and you can expect to find a wide range of flowers and plants at reasonable prices. The market also has several food stalls, so you can grab a bite to eat while you browse the stalls.

Whether you are a professional florist or just love flowers, these three flower markets are definitely worth a visit. Each market has its unique charm, and you are sure to find something that catches your eye.

Address: 5B Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5.30pm

Chiswick Flower Market

Chiswick Flower Market is open the first Sunday of every month. First opening in 1919, Chiswich has been dubbed the ‘Columbia Road Market of the West’ – and with the trek to get over to East London, we’re sure West Londoners couldn’t be happier! This London flower market is run by locals and all profits go back into the market.

Turnham Green Station is just a five minute walk away from the market, with Chiswick Park and Gunnersbury also being very close. If you’re getting the bus, the nearest station is Chiswick Police Station stop.

Address: Chiswick High Road, London, W4 2DR

Opening Hours: First Sunday of the Month: 9am – 3.30pm

Berwick Street Market

Berwick Street Market first opened in 1778, making it one of the oldest in the city. This quaint market in Soho isn’t just a flower market, it sells produce and food too. But you’ll find a stunning range of blooms on offer for you to purchase here. 

Address: Berwick Street, London, W1F 0PH

Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 8am – 6.30pm, Thursday – Saturday: 8am – 6pm

New Spitalfields Market

Don’t confuse this flower spot with the Old Spitalfields Market which is a London food market located in Shoreditch. New Spitalfields Market is located in Leyton and is a wholesale flower, fruit, and veg market. With its early opening hours, you’ll only want to stop by here if you’re super serious about getting your flowers.

Address: New Spitalfields Market, 23 Sherrin Road, Leyton, E10 5SQ

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: Midnight – 9am

Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market

Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market happens once a week on a Saturday morning. Alongside flowers, you’ll be able to treat yourself to fresh juices, bread and pastries, cheeses, veg and fruit, as well as meat and fish. 

Address: Orange Square, Pimlico Road, SW1W 8UT

Opening Hours: Saturday: 9am – 2pm

Broadway Market

Located in Hackney, Broadway Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Each day there are different stall holders, with multiple florists having stalls across the two days. Don’t forget to check out the other stalls while you’re here. 

Address: Broadway Market, London Fields, E8 4PH

Opening Hours: Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Borough Market

Borough market is one of London’s best markets, and with that comes stalls selling flowers! Once you’re here, head straight to the Gated Garden which has been Borough’s permanent florist since 2013. We recommend picking up some food and eating first, and then grabbing your buds and blooms to journey home with.

Address: Borough Market, SE1 9AL

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday: 10am – 4pm

3 Top Tips for Visiting London Flower Markets

Vibrant flowers at new covent garden market

When visiting a flower market in London, there’s a few things to bear in mind before you go. Here are our top tips:

  1. Arrive early to avoid the crowds. This will also be when vendors have the most stock so you’re more likely to get what you want. 
  2. Bring cash with you, as many vendors may not accept card payments. 
  3. Don’t hesitate to ask the vendors for advice on how to care for your flowers and plants. They are experts in their field and are always happy to help.

What’s on Sale in Each Season

Poinsettias on sale at Columbia Road

London flower markets are a great place to find a wide variety of seasonal blooms and plants. Whether you are looking for a simple bouquet of fresh flowers or a potted plant to brighten up your home, you will find plenty of options.

Some popular seasonal offerings include:

  • Spring: daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, bluebells, crocuses, and cherry blossoms.
  • Summer: roses, sunflowers, peonies, lilies, dahlias, and lavender.
  • Autumn: chrysanthemums, asters, dahlias, and sunflowers.
  • Winter: holly, ivy, mistletoe, wreaths, and Christmas trees.

Pick up your Christmas tree from one of London's flower markets

In addition to seasonal blooms, many flower markets also offer a variety of potted plants, herbs, and succulents. You can find everything from small houseplants to fruit trees for your garden.

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