Join the throng at Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday. The advice about turning up at 2pm for knockdown prices has long become a victim of its own success, and buskers "entertain" the crowd. But it remains a quintessential London experience.
If you spend Sundays munching bagels and rummaging for vintage bargains on Brick Lane, you’re missing a trick not to visit this urban oasis built in a former railway goods depot. There are many rare breeds of animals: stop by and visit characters such as Bayleaf the donkey and Bentley the goat, or pick your own veg. The farm also reaches out to local residents with projects like the ‘Coriander Club’ for older Bangladeshi women, free cookery classes, a young farmers' club and gardens growing produce and herbs.