I generally hate routine. Routine means going to the same tired old places and just missing out on the new. Unfortunately sometimes something is just so good you have to do it, week in and week out.
I first bumped into Columbia Road flower market when I lived in Cheshire Street off Brick Lane about six years ago and used to see trails of yuppies hauling back their floral cut price prizes from the flower market. Little did I know I would become one of them.
What really tempted me to the flower market however was the food. The little shop in the market which still does battered calamari used to do the best burgers with wedges of Parmesan melting on them and sauce to drip all over your hands. Then you could go to Treacle and get yourself a little cupcake. This used to be my perfect way to start a London Sunday.
Then I moved to Old Street and stumbled across a guy called Gwilym Davies and his coffee cart on my walk to work (Square Mile blend). This started my introduction to a world I had only glimpsed through Starbuck lattes. Sweet sweet (proper) coffee.
Whilst Gwilym can now be found serving at Present on Shoreditch High Street I tend cheat on him during the week with Taylor Street Baristas but get my refresh on Sundays at his flower market stall. There is little point in ladling the superlatives on Gwilym’s coffees as if you like coffee you are already in rhapsody to his skills.
Right next door to Gwilym’s coffee cart is one of the best bacon (and sausage when I have a hangover) sandwiches you can get in London. It is truly a holy thing. A toasted bap with bacon cooked on a fryer with mounds of congealed bacon fat and grease to make it even more perfect. Then you eat it whilst sipping a perfect flat white. A better Sunday breakfast I have not found.
Oh and the final picture is my entry into the class of yuppies who drag Christmas trees back several kms in thrall to the girlfriend.
- Price – £2.20 for a Gwilym flat white and approx £3 for a bacon and sometimes sausage bap
- Address – Columbia Road market, East London