Markets add colour and character to a place and London is bursting with them. In the heart of the East End, a stone's throw from Victoria Park, you'll find Roman Road Market.
Operating Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, this lively gathering of traders tempts you with a vast range of goods, from your regular fruit and veg to discount electronics. You'll also find plenty of clothes at knock-down prices, together with DVDs, CDs, arts and crafts, flowers, household goods......you get the idea – you'll find just about everything imaginable among the stalls, including a hefty does of Cockney humour.
The market is also famed for its fine fish and chip shops, serving up the perfect bit of lunchtime nosh to break up your browsing; if you'd prefer a mouthwatering meat pie or a spicy curry instead, the plethora of eateries on Roman Road will sort you out.
The market is always on the lookout for enthusiastic traders and welcomes newcomers. So if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Del Boy (though knock-off goods are not allowed!) or aspire to reach the heights of Lord Sugar (who himself started out as a street trader) then get your business plan together, as well as your goods, and get in touch with the market organisers for more information.
You might also be interested in the Roman Road Arts and Crafts Market in Ewart Place every Saturday and the Roman Road Farmers' Market, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month on Cardigan Road.
Whether you're on the hunt for a bargain or just want to spend a bit of time among real East Enders (not like the ones on the telly), Roman Road Market is well worth a visit. Lovely jubbly!