Welcome to Rathbone Market

Rathbone Market is one of London's most recognisable markets, and has been a part of the Canning Town community for hundreds of years. 

The area around Rathbone Market has been redeveloped by the English Cities Fund to deliver new affordable homes, retail space, and the new library. As part of this project, the new market square opened in 2015. 

The market continues to thrive, with a number of events held throughout the year, most recently, the very successful Chinese New Year celebration!

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Rathbone Market can trace its origins back to 1253, when King Henry III promised a Wednesday market in West Ham ‘forever’.


Until the nineteenth century, the market thrived in Victoria Dock Road, but the introduction of tramlines meant it needed to find a new home.  This new home was Rathbone Street, Canning Town, from which the market takes its name.  The market – which was particularly known for its herbalists –  continued to prosper in its new location, at times stretching for nearly a quarter of a mile along Rathbone Street. 


In 1963, the local council moved the market to its current site, just off the Barking Road. At its peak, the market had 160 stalls, as well as specialist second hand clothes, textiles and bric-a-brac markets.  Every year, a major market was held on Good Friday, attracting hundreds of traders and many thousands of shoppers.

The new market square opened in 2015.


If you would like to know more, please contact us on:


0800 319 6165