T+L's Features Director Nilou Motamed shares her favorite finds on this popular street.T+L's Features Director Nilou Motamed shares her favorite finds on this popular street.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Nilou Motamed from Travel and Leisure. Today I'll be bringing you one of my favorite hotspots in London, London's Columbia Road. [MUSIC] Previously, the area on Shoreditch and Hoxton was not on the traveler's map. But it should be, because Columbia Road has a great amalgam of Old world and what's new and exciting in London right now. Columbia Road is a charming two block stretch of Victorian houses that have been painted every color of the rainbow. Red, purple, orange, green. And it feels so festive. One of the best times to see Columbia Road really come to life is the Sunday flower market. First thing in the morning, there are Stalls packed with flowers, and it feels like you're in a Dickens novel. There are people touting their wares in their cockney accents. So whether it's tulips or roses, you have a cacophony of colors and incredible smells and the sounds and it really feels like there's no other place you should be. [MUSIC] If you're looking for a buzzy place to stay close to Colombia Road, look no further than Shoreditch Rooms. It's only 26 rooms. They have a much loved spa called Cowshed. And you have the built in scene of Shoreditch House right at your fingertips. [MUSIC] One of the most sought after tables in the whole east end is Bron. Their menu is very pork centric and absolutely fantastic. For a hardy and low key brunch there's no better place than the Royal Oak. Their courtyard is beautiful and they do excellent pub food. The British have a way with artisanal food products, and great place to see it all on display is Jones Dairy. Whether you're looking for beautiful canisters of Earl Grey tea, or artisanal cheeses, honeys, jams. Anything that you can think of that would be delicious and English, they carry here. At the top of the flour market, Vintage Heaven combines two of my favorite pastimes. Shopping and eating. Not only do they have beautiful vintage dishware and plates, but there's also [UNKNOWN] Cafe where you can go for a spot of afternoon tea. [MUSIC] If you're like me, all you want to do when you're traveling is to find something unique that you can bring back. A great place to stop is [UNKNOWN]. They have beautiful vintage jewelry and watches. I love going there and you're gonna love it too. For a quintessential English souvenir why not get a hat when you're in London. And where best to get it than Fred Bear Headware. They make handmade beautiful hats whither you're looks for a fedora, a Trilby, or a pork pie. Thanks for watching, hope to see you on Columbia road. [MUSIC]