What would a Christmas be without a beautiful Christmas tree? Cheaper, for a start, but the smell of fresh spruce, pine, and fir is hard to resist once the festive season is in full swing. If you’re stuck for a place to get Christmas trees in the East End, look no further.
Denningtons is a family-run florist that has been selling on Roman Road since the 1950s. An old-world green and gold shop front, Denningtons stock Christmas trees in December, making them an ideal option for Bow locals.
In keeping with their floral roots, the folks at Denningtons also sell a variety of Christmas wreaths, bouquets, gift boxes, and table arrangements during the festive season. Denningtons is open Monday-Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm.
461 Roman Road, London E3 5LX
From mid-November onwards, Growing Concerns sells a variety of Christmas trees, ranging from modest potted grown numbers to bushy 8ft monsters.
As a fully-fledged garden centre, Growing Concerns provides a welcome chance to pick up other Christmas goodies at the same time. Like last year, the garden centre is still operating online click and collect at the moment.
Growing Concerns is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 4.30pm.
2 Wick Lane, London E3 2NA
Pines and Needles
Pop-up Christmas shop Pines and Needles sell a range of trees, including Normann Fir, Norway Spruce and Frazer Fir, in all shapes and sizes – usually up to 12ft – so you can choose one that fits your home the best. They also offer a delivery service and sell accessories so you can make your tree look as fancy as you wish. The more glitz the better, don’t you think?
The Victoria Park shop opens on 20 November and runs until 21 December, while the Shoreditch High Street pop-up, at St. Leonard’s Church, runs from 18 November to 24 December.
Royal East Gate, Victoria Park, Grove Road, London E9 7HJ
SimplyFresh has been selling on Roman Road since 2002. In December the shop’s selection of fruits, vegetables, and homemade olive oil is joined by Christmas trees. The owners are active in the community and members of the Globe Town Steering Committee, a coalition of local groups and businesses dedicated to making the high street stronger. You can get your tree and support the community in one fell swoop. The shop is open 7am to 11pm every day of the week, so you can drop by at your convenience.
201-203 Roman Road, London E2 0QY
Herbert’s Fruit and Salad
Herbert’s is a family-run business that has been selling fresh fruit and veg on Roman Road since 1974. Herbert sells a fine array of Christmas trees in December. If you needed an excuse to get down to Globe Town Market on Saturday you’ll get few better. And if the seasonal scent of pine isn’t enough, you can also sign up for regular fruit baskets.
The Herbert’s stall runs in Globe Town Market Square from Tuesday to Saturday, 8am to 2.30pm. They will be selling them from Wednesday 1 December.
Herbert’s, Market Square, Roman Road, London E2 0RN
Whole Fresh, known for its vibrant shop front displays of colourful fruit and veg pouring out of rustic wooden buckets, is adding Christmas trees to its list of items that it sells. Right in the heart of the bustle of the Roman, this independent supermarket is ideal for those in the middle stretch of the road.
They will be selling them from Wednesday 24 November. Their opening hours are 7.30am to 9.30pm.
407 Roman Road, London E3 5QS
Columbia Road Flower Market
People flock to this classic East End road for Christmas trees every year. Columbia Road Flower Market usually runs on Sundays from 8am to around 3pm, with an excellent Christmas tree selection during the festive season.
If the prospect of weekend bustle fills you dread, Columbia Road is hosting four Christmas Wednesdays, with the shops and restaurants staying open late for evening shoppers. Keep an eye on its twitter page for updates.
Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
St Barnabas Church
You may have noticed that the friendly face of Ron, who usually sells Christmas trees outside of Jenny’s Food and Wine on the Roman, has disappeared this year. Fear not! He has moved to just outside of St Barnabas Church on Grove Road. Enjoy a winter’s walk through Mile End Park, and end up at this festive spot where you can bag yourself a goodun’.
Grove Road, London E3 5TG
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