96 Columbia Road
Shoreditch, London E2 7QB
Telephone 020 7739 7555
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: 9am – 4pm
Angela Flanders found her shop in the heart of the famous Sunday morning Flower Market at Columbia Road, Shoreditch, in the spring of 1985. She set about to restore this perfect example of a Victorian shop to its original character and charm. Known for its world-famous Sunday flower market, Columbia Road is one of the few streets in the capital composed entirely of independent shops, which are usually only open at weekends.
The street is a treasure trove, offering a diverse and eclectic range of carefully sourced, individual products not to be found elsewhere. Choose from artisan jewellers and booksellers to gift shops and galleries, antiques and homewares, children’s shops, perfumery and fashion boutiques, as well as critically-acclaimed restaurants and pubs.
The philanthropic Baroness Angela Coutts originally built the shops on a watercress field as a Victorian shopping arcade over 150 years ago. Columbia Road retains a Dickensian atmosphere with cobbled streets, traditional shop fronts and Victorian street lamps. The street and surrounding area are frequently used as film and television locations due to its unique character.
Nearest tube stations: Bethnal Green (Central Line) , Liverpool St Station ( Central Line, Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line or mainline train connections) , or Old Street (Northern Line)
Buses 8, 388, 26, 48 and 55 all stop nearby.
4 Artillery Passage
Spitalfields, London E1 7LJ
Telephone 020 7247 7040
Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 12 noon – 6pm
In September 2012, Angela Flanders launched her second shop in Artillery Passage, Spitalfields. Artillery Passage forms part of a secret network of old passageways surrounding Spitalfields Market, housing a selection of renowned restaurants, bars and clothing boutiques. The area is rich in history and bears witness to the various communities that have shaped its character over the centuries. Most famously, having been converted into the Old Artillery Ground in 1538 under Henry VIII, it then became home to a wave of Huguenot refugees who arrived from France in the late 17th/early 18th centuries, bringing their silk-weaving skills and establishing the Old Artillery Ground as a centre of the London silk weaving industry.
This shop is an exquisite example of a Georgian fronted building and has been decorated in her own inimitable style – reflecting its original character and charm, enhanced by Angela’s own artistic touches. To mark the launch of her new shop, Angela Flanders released a new range of men’s fragrances called The Artillery Collection – stylish, contemporary interpretations of classic colognes designed to appeal to the nearby City Boys. Neighbouring restaurants including Ottolenghi Spitalfields make this a perfume destination worth visiting.
Nearest tube stations: Liverpool Street (Central, Hammersmith and City, Circle Line, Metropolitan Line), Aldgate (Metropolitan Line, Circle Line), Aldgate East (District Line, Hammersmith and City Line)
Buses: 8, 26, 35, 42, 47, 48, 78, 135, 149, 205, 242, 344 & 388.