Roman Road Market has been running for over 150 years. It’s a traditional East End street market selling mostly affordable or discounted women’s fashion and homeware.
There are several notable stalls including Stuart’s fabric stall, the donut seller, SuperChefCaribbean chicken and rice stall, and end-of-line French Connection and Top Shop stalls. Don’t miss Lofty’s furniture whose shop spills over onto the market selling end-of-line products from furniture shop Made.com.
Roman Road Market’s history is rich and varied, as befits its status as one of the oldest trading street markets in the country. It started in 1843, when it was illegal ‘but withstood several attempts to close it down’. It was first recorded as a market in 1887 by Booth, who toured the area with the local policeman and reported that ‘Roman Road…is one of the great market streets in London. Things to be bought of every sort, even patent leather shoes. Some demand for good quality as well as for cheapness’. The market is still at the heart of Bow, and ‘going down the Roman’ has been a tradition for generations.