Columbia Road Flower Market reopening this Sunday, July 5.

If you’ve developed an interest in gardening during the lockdown, or you’ve just killed off every one of your houseplants, there’s good news: Columbia Road Flower Market is reopening this Sunday, July 5.

From June 1, the government guidelines permitted outdoor markets to reopen, but the iconic market has been closed since the capital went into lockdown. The delay in reopening was part of Tower Hamlets Council’s plan to reel the return of the markets in the borough.

From this Sunday (July 5), the market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but a message on its website says it will look and sound very different.

Stalls will be spread out, nearby roads will be closed, and the number of customers who can access the market will be restricted.
The statement also calls on residents to help the sector but urges people not to fly to shop, so that they do not overcrowd.
It also says: ‘Please come by if you stay in the area and help your local businesses. However, if you live farther away, please consider visiting a local market and helping us prevent unhealthy overcrowding. We’ll be delighted to welcome you back in the future, but for now, we need to put safety first.’