With all of the traditional as well as the retro foodstuffs, like the jars of London being produced by honey and relish and even locally produced gin, all these are sold in this re-creation of the village shop in an old milliner’s premises; that are British-made; which will make the excellent portable presents. Even the stylish gift baskets and old fashioned picnic hampers are available here, as there are takeout sandwiches and hot daily specials.
Since 1982, Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs have turned as the traditional hats for men and women on their head, like the street smart trilbies, whimsical baseball caps (with the rabbit ears), and well knitted hats that feature the unusual colors as well as the quirky details.
Being the premier flower market in London, it is all about pretty and photogenic, with more than 50 stalls; that have been selling flowers, shrubs, bulbs, and trees. That means you will find everything from the bedding plants to 10-foot banana trees, as well as garden tools, pots, and accessories at extremely competitive prices. Columbia Road itself is being lined with the interesting independent shops selling art, fashion, furnishings, and jewelry, and here the local cafés are fabulous.
Drawing style-conscious customers from the nearby tech start-ups, Hostem is an obvious choice for the man who wants to be well dressed without looking like he is trying too hard, with a perfect blend of casual luxury, street wear, and fashion forward edge. You’ll find here the established names like Phillip Lim and Ann Demeulemeester as well as the stunning cashmere sweaters from the newcomers like The Elder Statesmen. A new women’s wear area can offer you the exclusive pieces by designers like Commes des Garcons and Rick Owens. It’s achingly hip, so you can expect here lots of black.
Though the mundane items like colanders and clothespins may not sound like ideal souvenirs, this shop will make you reconsider your selection. The owners are on a mission to revive the retro, functional British household goods, like the enamel kitchenware, genuine feather dusters, bread bins, and even the traditional Welsh blankets.