East London | Columbia Road


Exploring East of London


Even though I have lived in London all my life, there are still places I have yet to explore. After picking up a copy of London Villages by Zena Alkayat, I was on a mission to explore my hometown, starting with E2 Columbia Rd.


A local record, the vinyl shop uses a vintage car as their shop sign to coax people into their store. Clever and original.


Local resident, enjoying the afternoon.

If you are looking for quirky, upcycle shopping, and a place away from the hustle and bustle of central London; Columbia Rd is worth the trip. There is a Sunday flower market, numerous cafes and a couple of bars, so you won’t be too far from something to do and see once there.

Columbia Rd is a more of the residential village area, so you get more of a feeling of community there, compared to say Oxford Street. That’s one of the reason’s I like it. There only so many high street chain shops you can look at before you go crazy.


OK, I didn’t find originality, I have seen rustic furniture and home made bakeries a dozen times. But hurray for small independent business who are trying to be different and creative.

If you love the neighbouring places line brick Lane and Shoreditch, but don’t want the crowds, then give Columbia Rd a try.

In the comments below, let me know of places that need a shout out that others should visit, and why.


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