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  • Roman Road
    London E3 5EL
    Bow
  • “My favourite stalls are the make up stall which stocks brand name make up at low prices.” in 4 reviews

  • “Sometimes I have seen some excellent bargains, and a few items I have bought I have then seen in sales in the shops for more than I paid!!” in 4 reviews

  • “The Roman Road Arts & Craft Market is on Ewart Place every Saturday, with a small farmers market on Cardigan Road on the first Saturday from 8.30am to 5.30pm.” in 2 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    12/10/2013

    Following on from some of my recent market reviews, I thought I'd check out Roman Road.The number 8 bus dropped me off right at the mouth of the market... I have to say, I was expecting a lot of cheesy crap with a few good bits but was pleasantly surprised.

    Overall,  this is a great place to find cheap, on-trend clothing -- at the moment, tartan, leopard prints, and leather-look garments. There is quite a lot of 'fell off the back of the truck' stuff from ASOS and similar trendy brands. There were some very hot platform heels and shoe-boots on offer as well.  My personal buy of the day was a pair of silver shiny reptile print leggings for £6.  

    What I really liked was the friendliness of the sellers ....not too pushy, but happy to help. Yes, there are also some of the usual cheaper market homewares, children's toys and the like, but this can be quite handy sometimes! There were also a few artisan bakers and foods at the southern end of the market, got a lovely loaf of rye bread to take home.  As I happily trotted away I thought....where next will I wear those leggings??!

  • 2.0 star rating
    24/6/2014
    2 check-ins

    A good place if you want some cheap clothes which are supposedly from 'big' names (hmm, a likely story!!) Or some cheap jewellery, slippers, bedding, music, bric-a-brac etc. Good for picking up bits for fancy dress, but not so great for anything that will last. Still, good if you're on a tight budget.

    My only qualm living so nearby is the market traders don't give a monkey's about littering. They just let their bags, packaging and etc. fall to the floor and let the wind take it where it likes. The council clean up Roman Road itself, but don't bother with any roads nearby who get covered in carrier bags, polythene, and paper on a day with a bit of a bluster.

    Personally, I won't spend my money here on the principle that I'm having to spend it with Tower Hamlets Homes who have to clear up after them. Pick up after yourselves!!

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/1/2014

    For a small markets in East London i was pleasantly surprised. It is GREAT for cheap clothing with lots of variety,  known brands and also makeup.  I live close so i usually go once a month for a quick look.  If your in the area and have a couple of hours free on a saturday go and have a look.

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/2/2011
    1 check-in

    Wait just one hot second here... I'm no road market scientist, but it only takes a simple equation to figure out that Roman Road has all of the components to be 3-star worthy:

    Cheap, trendy clothing + jewellery shops and stalls + lotsandlotsachippies = a-ok.

    Knock-off shop. Bling out. Dine in.

    If you can get behind this motto, Roman Road will be a-ok for you too. A bit depressing at times, but trust that you can't touch my new Hammer pants. My new £5 Hammer pants, at that. Just don't forget your cash!

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/2/2011
    1 check-in

    I am a road market scientist.

    And if Roman Road Market is the function [F] and the commodity cost is x then:

    F'(x) = the limit as the cost of things at the market [h] approaches zero, times (x + h) minus the function of x, divided by h.

    Which, when you've worked out the proof, will become:

    F'(x) = f'(x)g(x) + f(x)g'(x) = A-OK

  • 1.0 star rating
    15/12/2008
    Listed in London Markets

    I've heard Roman Road market used to be held in high esteem. If this is true it is a mere shadow of what it once must have been.

    There is a strong working class vibe and the products on offer tend to be quite tacky. There is a guy selling jewellery for less than a pound but the quality is poor. There are fashion items, many more for women than men, which are cheap. Again the quality isn't always great

    I've had friends who have used the cosmetic products from this market and ended up with quite bad skin reactions. Cheap is not always good.

    You really are not missing much if you haven't been to Roman Road market. If you are in the area and hopeful of snatching a bargain, it only takes 10-15mins to walk through this market, so if you are left disappointed you haven't wasted your day.

    • Qype User Wardys…
    • London
    • 127 friends
    • 45 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    26/9/2008

    Roman Road Market is my favourite market of all time!

    It may only be small but there is always such a variety of stalls it is difficult to walk around it and not buy anything.

    Nearly all my clothes, bags, make up and even some of my household items have come from Roman Road market. Due to them being so cheap but such good quality.

    My favourite stalls are the make up stall which stocks brand name make up at low prices. The designer clothes stall which stocks all designer clothes that are left over stock at heavily reduced prices, and the argos returns stall which can get hold of pretty much anything you want from the argos catalogue.

    Open 3 days a week, the only reason you would need to go anywhere other than Roman Road market is to do your food shopping but dont forget to buy your fresh fruit and veg whilst you are there!

  • 2.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    Maybe I'm down on Roman Road, because I remember what it used to be like. At that is, much better than this. While there still is some of the fashion that made this market famous, and one or two of the old timers stalls, most of the market is shoddy stuff, second rate and tawdry.

    Chatting to some of the stall holders, it seems that most of the people who could have packed up and moved out to Essex. The pie and mash shop is still there.

    Maybe I'd feel different about it if I was younger and looking for clothes, but these days I avoid it.

    • Qype User kingof…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 49 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    Not to dissimilar to petticoat lane market this traditional east end market held on Sunday is defiantly worth a look as an alternative. Selling cloths as well as other typical market good(cheap electricals and dvds, food etc).Its a little further east than the other petticoat lane so a little less busy with a more locals atmosphere. If you go all along Bethnal Green road until the tube and carry on going you will eventually get to roman road.
    Personally i would recommend any of the east end markets over any of the west shop as will make you money go hell of alot further and great bargains are always to be found.

    • Qype User Superk…
    • London
    • 21 friends
    • 98 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    This is a fantastic market, if you live in the area, you should check it out.

    This is an old-style market, selling clothing, household items, rugs, toiletries; make up, toys, jewellery, sweets etc. They have a few stalls that sell old stock from Topshop, Warehouse and French Connection. Sometimes I have seen some excellent bargains, and a few items I have bought I have then seen in sales in the shops for more than I paid!! The make up and household cleaning items are mainly branded, so great to stock up the house with.

    The Farmers Market is on the first Saturday of the month and sells food items as well as a few of the stalls that you normally see there. Good bus links mean you can get the number 8 from Liverpool street there and back, with very little walking, so you can stock up!

    Around the market are the usual shops, including some cafes, supermarkets and pound shops.

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/12/2008

    Roman Road market used to be a great shopping Mecca in East London often overshadowed by the bigger Ridley Road market in Dalston. Ridley Road is the place to get your fruit and veg, West Indian food and fish but The Roman was the place to get yourself a clothes bargain. There used to be stalls selling genuine French Connection clothes from as little as £5. Many of the clothes probably came from the French Connection factory outlet shop that used to be nearby.  These days the stalls are mostly selling cheap looking knock offs and there are a few fruit and veg stalls. The fish and chips shops either end of the market are still very good though but that's not enough of a reason for me to go to Roman Road.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/1/2008
    First to Review

    Old school and about as East End-y as it gets. Plenty of hustle and bustle and a number of decent places to grab a coffee. I haven't been in awhile, I need to get back there  with my camera. Great London vibe that lessens the further west you go into town.

    • Qype User thomas…
    • London
    • 42 friends
    • 30 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    19/1/2011

    Roman road, is an old fav of mine but as of late it has lost it's charm....still worth having a look...can always find 1 or 2 bits, but I would use it as a first quick stop before going somewhere else.

    • Qype User therem…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 47 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Though not my favourite London market by quite a long way (none of the clothes look fantastic quality, though I may be wrong), Roman Road does have a nice atmosphere and makes a nice Saturday-morning wander, followed by a coffee and/or a fry-up in one of the cafes in the area.

    • Qype User Christ…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 27 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/1/2008

    I love this market because I can buy famous brands fashion at very reasonable prices. The market has stalls that, sells mostly ladies clothes, bags and shoes. The best day to visit Roman road is Saturday early morning as there are more stalls, although the market is also opened on Tuesdays and Thursday. I always run out of money when I go to Roman Road because there are so much bargains, that you will just keep spending. So make sure you have enough cash on you because you will not enjoy the long queue for the cash machine.

    • Qype User ALFRED…
    • London
    • 216 friends
    • 115 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    28/8/2008

    this im so glad to say is still a great market, there is very little you cannot purchase there.great assortment of goods .food cloths, anything really, but the added bonus its still as a wimpy bar at the far end.and a pie and mash shop, and a few pubs to visit while shopping.and a very good bus service

    • Qype User Helean…
    • London
    • 53 friends
    • 109 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/8/2009

    I bet you never knew (unless you're a budding historian doing a dissertation on East London or something) that Roman Road Market was actually part of the oldest known trade route in Britain? Apparently, folklore has it that I was situated on the road to Colchester famously taken by Boudica who led an uprising of the tribes against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in a march towards London. It's in what many call the heart of the East End; if you are born here, you're a real cockney. The market itself lacks the polished glamour of others nearby, but makes up for it by being financially accessible enough to get you locally grown and some organic produce without having to raid the wallet. Saturday is the day to go and if you're really lucky they sometimes have other attractions, such as craft stalls, homewear, antiques, clothing (but I wouldn't bother personally with the clothes), books, street performers, face painting for little kids and other things of that ilk. Definitely one for summer and in winter it's a bit of a ghost town. The Roman Road Arts & Craft Market is on Ewart Place every Saturday, with a small farmers market on Cardigan Road on the first Saturday from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

    • Qype User sacky_…
    • London
    • 85 friends
    • 67 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    7/8/2008

    love roman yet another great market! only open on a saturday and thursday but brilliant for clothes and shoes would always have a browse when im looking for stuff for a night out.

    • Qype User aat66…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 15 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    2/11/2008

    Only around the corner from me, so perfect. Can find a lot of stuff at really good/cheap prices. Recently bought a £100 dvd recorder for £25 (went back and got another). Also now has the Farmers/art markets on Saturdays (I think). Good place to search for a good little bargain.

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