Roman Road is one of East London’s best known high streets and street market, and in this local magazine you will find interviews, reviews and news that celebrate its best shops, stalls, people, culture, places to visit and things to do in the area.
Roman Road serves the Eastern reaches of Tower Hamlets. It starts at Bethnal Green tube at the Western end and runs east for nearly a mile and half to Parnell Road and the edges of Fish Island at the very Eastern end. It runs directly through the neighbourhoods of Bow and Globe Town, however Roman Road is also the nearest high street to Victoria Park Village to the north and Mile End and Stepney Green to the south.
Roman Road’s heritage
Roman Road’s heritage is rooted in the working class history of the East End. Here, pioneering women such as Sylvia Pankhurst, Annie Besant and Clara Grant fought for a better life for the poor of East London. Roman Road is bound by the Hereford Union and Regents Canal that bore goods from the East End factories to the far reaches of the country. Roman Road is also fringed by Victoria Park, commissioned by Queen Victoria to provide a green lung to smog-filled East End of the past.
Roman Road Market
Roman Road’s famous Roman Road Market in Bow operates on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday from about 9am to 3pm. Find the real east end and experience a traditional street market that has stayed true to its roots and offers fantastic bargains. Find more information on opening times and how to get to Roman Road Market here.
Kate Thompson’s The Allotment Girls is a heart-warming story of East End friendship and romance, centred around the historic Dig for Victory movement of World War II. The events in the novel span... READ MORE
Spanish beach-bar-style cafe Chiringuito opened yesterday in Bethnal Green’s Museum Gardens. Founder and Director, Alex Dehayen, first had the idea to open a bar in 2010 when he came across a disused kiosk... READ MORE
Roman Road market traders paid tributes to wheelwright Brian Baker who passed away on 25th July. On Saturday a traditional market stall, adorned with old photographs and flowers, was wheeled out on Roman... READ MORE
Although it opened only last year, Maybin’s has fast become one of Roman Road’s go-to cafes for East End locals and newbies alike. Mother and daughter team, Sheree and Carly Maybin, set up... READ MORE