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Best Independent Shops on Roman Road guided tour
Sunday 24 July, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
You think you know… but you have no idea! Come join our tour to discover the trendiest and quirkiest shops Roman Road has to offer! We’ll tell you all about the pie and mash that made history, take you to the place that sells cards for any occasion and introduce you to the only shop on the road where you can find the famous rainbow bagels!
This guided tour of Roman Road’s independent shops is lead by local resident and business owner Ioana Dragomir of Roman Road Food Assembly. The tour will include the following stops:
Rare veggies @Sahin Green Grocery
This is the place local foodies rely on to stock up on cavolo nero, purple carrots or fresh wheat germs; you name it, they have it! Owned by two brothers, the shop has won a gold award in the Food for Health campaign. We’ll meet them during our stop there and find out more about the rare veggies they sell.
Know your wine in 3 easy steps! @Vinarius
Vinarius has quickly become a hub for local wine lovers, selling exceptional wines from small wineries, brave viticulturalists and rare grape varieties. For our tour, they have organised a small wine tasting, and will teach us what to look for in a glass of wine.
Pie and mash make history in East London @G Kelly
Get to know the history of one of the road veterans! G Kelly has been baking traditional East London Pie & Mash in Roman Road Market since 1937. Their pies are hand-made in their in-house bakery using a recipe handed down through three generations. Sue Vening, the current owner will tell us more about the history of the place.
Electronic Embroidery Demo @Sew Amazing
Planning to take up knitting or… button collecting? Hey, we won’t judge… We will however introduce you to Sew Amazing the best place for Haberdashery, Wools and Crafts on our high street. Rob, the owner of the business, will tell us how Roman Road has changed over the years and show us how an electronic embroidery machine works.
Boutique furniture in the Suffragette’s Printing Press @Corey Homeware
This is the place to find modern design pieces at realistic prices. Corey hand-picks all the items from local suppliers and sells them in his bijoux shop, which was once home to Arbers & Co- the famous Suffragette printing press.
Create your own coaster in the most colourful shop of the road @ Snap
Snap is definitely the most colorful shop on the street! Here you’ll find anything from cards for any occasion to flower grenades. If it’s cool, they’re probably selling it. Helen, the owner of the shop, has prepared a quick “Make your own coaster” workshop for us.
Check out Roman Road’s trendiest fashion boutique @Baruch
Angela opened her first shop after a 6 month pop up on Roman Road. The boutique sells exclusive designs made by her, as well as a handpicked selection of clothing and accessories. Angela will tell us all about the latest trends in fashion, and show us her favourite products.
Swedish Cake tasting @Fika
Cake is always a good idea, and trust us, Fika know their sweets! The name means coffee break in Swedish, and the Roman Road cafe is a great place to relax and have a cinnamon bun. Which is exactly what we’ll do during our stop there: we’ll get to taste several traditional Swedish sweets and listen to some carefully selected tunes on their vintage record player.
Try the famous rainbow bagels @Chesterfield
Remember the rainbow bagel selfie trend sweeping over the internet a few months back? Well, Chesterfield is the only place on the road that sells them! This will be the final stop of the tour and… there will be bagels. Rainbow bagels!
Walk starts outside the Idea Store Bow. First come, first served!
This tour is offered free as part of the Roman Road Summer Festival 2016. See the full programme here.