Still - I have achieved no. 9 - going to the Columbia Road Flower Market. It is in Hackney, East London.
I really love it here, even if it is chaos. I love to buy a smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese from one of the old-fashioned bakeries, and buy a coffee from the gallery Start Space at 150 Columbia Road. Why? Well, I feel the need to reward the innovation of selling coffee from a doorway - it is a tiny space!
There are so many vibrant colours of flowers. One of the flower sellers was shouting 'Credit crunch? What's that? Is it a new kind of chocolate bar?' Columbia Road has always been a good place for a flower bargain - if you go around 2.30, just before the market closes, they sell off what's left at real rock bottom prices.
This road has really gentrified itself in the last few years - it has lots of nice design shops, which I will update you about tomorrow. For now, I have market fatigue - we also went to Spitalfields market and the Sunday Up Front market - and then collapsed in a heap when we got home. Nevertheless, if you are a tourist, I think this area of the City/East London is the perfect way to spend a Sunday.