A perfect early Sunday morning outing for us as a family is Columbia Road Flower Market, followed by the V&A Museum of Childhood. Columbia Road market runs every Sunday of the year. There are fantastic shops surrounding the market such as Elphicks for original prints, Treacle for gorgeous cupcakes and vintage inspired homewares, Jones Dairy for bread and jam and a good rummage around the vintage stall and of course amazing plants and flowers. The atmosphere is busy with lots of hustle and bustle, young families, friends looking for beautiful blooms, young hipsters and plenty of market calls from the sellers on the stalls. Take at least a big reusable shopping bag for your finds, we always leave wishing we had a huge van we could fill with vintage treasures and exotic plants for the garden.
A twenty minute walk from Columbia Road, the V&A Museum of Childhood is an oasis of fun and interest. Puppet shows, craft workshops, interesting installations and a diverse collection of toys, clothing and images from 1600 to the present day. Entrance is free and with workshops and storytelling at the weekends, you can spend a good few hours there. Expect your children to ask to return, regularly!
We often find it difficult to get a balanced family day out with interests for all of us but this is definitely a winner for us.
We hope you enjoy it as much as us.
Tags: Columbia Road, Flower market, Museum of childhood, things to do with children, V&A, Weekend outings