Portobello Market / Notting Hill, London
A Sunday morning shopping trip to Portobello road. There are hundreds of shops and stalls selling everything from bric a brac and books to clothing and cabbages.. postcards to pottery, funky fashion jewellery and accessories.. in fact everything you could imagine.. There are also hoards of tourists and Sunday isn't the busiest day. It is also very expensive... some of the individual pieces of handmade jewellery and handbags are worth it.... but a lot of it is not. 90 quid for an average teapot? I don't think so.
It's a great place to shop though and there are loads of nice places to eat and drink and then shop some more. It's definitely a "don't miss" if you are in London.
What to pay: A little to a lot!
Portobello Market is the ultimate tourist's place to get some idea about antiques, collectibles and suck things in London.
It might not be the cheapest place to buy this stuff, but it's definitely a lot of fun searching through all the little shops in the buildings and on the streets around.
Go there on Saturday morning to get the most out of it (and the biggest crowd around you...:)
What to buy: Whatever catches your attention :)
Portobello Road Market is one of the most famous markets in the world and is internationally recognised for its second-hand and antique sections. Statistically it features in the top ten rankings as the most visited tourist site in London. It is regularly the focus of press and media attention and mostly remembered from the Disney film "Bed knobs and Broomsticks" and more recently the film "Notting Hill". Its history and culture span approximately 300 years of existence.
What to buy: You have the possibility to buy something interesting for low price in small shops: antique, book - an interesting book for 0.5 pounds.
What to pay: 8.00am until 6.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Thursday is a half day closing at 1.00pm
Saturday it is open from 8.00am to 6.30 pm.
Last visit April 2014
For me, there's nothing better than spending a sunny warm weekend morning at a flea market in Europe. Portobello Road is one of the largest in Europe, their website says its the world's largest antique mall.
The market is open every Saturday, shops are open six days a week. Market days start gradually from around 5.30am with trading between dealers. Most stall holders open by 8.00am and the market is in full swing for the rest of the day.
Saturdays are the prime day, there is a sea of people streaming from the Notting Hill Gate tube stop, so if you don't like crowds, this market is not a place you would enjoy. If you start from the other end, it's like you are swimming upstream. You do not need to retrace your way back to Notting Hill Gate, the Ladbroke Grove station is near the end. Or you can walk over a block and walk up a parallel street to get back to Notting Hill Gate.
To get to the market, just follow the crowds. It is loosely divided into antiques at the beginning, food items, new stuff and flea market stuff at the end.
I always make stops at Tesco where I'm always able to find Love Hearts and Poundland where you can get Cadbury, other sweets and something to drink, about midway through the market.
What to buy: With the dismal exchange rate of USD to £, I rarely buy anything anymore except cheap souvenirs for my nieces and nephews but it's fun to look through the antiques. You can also grab lunch here as there are several stalls selling crepes and other types of takeaway food.
If you are looking to not spend a bundle on souvenirs, there are several booths that are there every time we go selling tshirts 3 for £10, perhaps not the best quality however. There are also a couple of shops selling the usual London souvenirs, banks shaped like the red telephone booths, bobby hats, refrigerator magnets, etc.
What to pay: Anywhere from a couple of pounds to ????
Portobello Market is billed as the World's Largest Antique Market. Lining both sides of Portobello Road are antique stores and in front of them are stalls - most selling antiques as well. You can find just about anything there from collectibles to engravings to knobs and knockers! The shops are open 6 days a week and the market is only open on Saturdays. A few stalls sell souvenirs as well. Even if you don't buy it's fun to look at everything including the people!
The market is packed with people and we walked and walked and walked for hours. We ended up in other markets and flea markets – that sold everything from fruits and vegetables to Bollywood movies to “designer” fashions.
It's a great way to spend a sunny Saturday!
Portobello Road was originally a track leading to a farm called Portobello Farm. On Portobello Road today you will find plenty of intriguing shops, including the many famous antique dealers. Portobello Market is really several markets in one, Saturday being the day when all are in full swing. You must head to this mile-long experience of hustle, haggle, colour and energy. Come here to buy your choice of antiques, arts and crafts, jewelry, fruit, veg and second-hand clothes. There are some talented and bizarre street performers to be spotted too.
Its mostly junks that what my friends said when I told them I want to go to Portobello Market. He said it look like someone cleared their junk out of their attic and come here to sell it.
What to buy: There are some nice antiques, collectibles and the t-shirts are quite nice.
What to pay: from 1 pound and over
Just at the point where Portobello Road passes under the 1970s concrete monstrosity known as the Westway, the space under the flyover has been made over to small shops and workshops for local designers and artists to sell their wares. There's a small shopping arcade, and the terms of the leases specify that the products sold have to be made by the proprietors.
The street market spills over here into a wider space full of clothes by young designers. You may have to rummage through some tat but there are bargains to be had here.
What to buy: Unusual clothes, jewellery, crafts
The antiques stalls start where Chepstow Villas crosses Portobello Road and continues down to where Elgin Crescent crosses Portobello Road, this is a distance of half a mile.
Alice's & 'The Red Teapot' hanging at 101 The Arcade are well-stocked.
Other than antiques, there is a:
Fruit and Vegetable Market, stalls finish where Talbot Road crosses Portobello Road.
* The section around Westbourne Park Road and Talbot Road was made famous in the film Notting Hill which starred Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
Secondhand / Flea Market, Under the Westway
Note: There is no market on Sundays.
What to buy: Arriving early is a good thing, but realistically 9-10am is fine, it begins to get crowded at 11.30 onwards.
The Antiques Arcades begin to shut at around 4pm and the market rapidly quietens down from then on, it is fair to say that from 4-5pm most traders are winding down or have in fact already packed away and shut up shop, so make sure you arrive in the early afternoon at the latest!!
Between Talbot Road and The Westway you'll find more market stalls selling things like batteries and socks.
Under the Westway you'll find secondhand clothes, jewelry, plus books and music.
Also, in the neighbouring streets you'll find many chain stores like John Lewis, Zara, etc.
What to pay: What's the budget! ;)
Anything from a few pounds for souvenirs like T-shirts, caps, etc to thousands for proper fragile antiques like ceramics, paintings, and the like.
If you love shopping like I do then make sure you give yourself at least half a day to explore the markets. Unfortunately we were pressed for time and only had about 2 hrs so we only really saw the antigues portion of the markets
They have lots of antiques, art, craft, clothes, fresh food, fruit and vege.
Portobello road beside that it was famous in the lyrics of many songs it is famous for the multi color shops too.You can find everything that you want to buy from food and drink to all kind of clothes in this interesting street.
On Saturdays the Portobello Rd opens all it's wears out to the street and a huge food market and all the antiques and items you can imagine are here. We took the tube in and got off at the NottingHill Gate stop. Nice pubs around to stop in when you have walked the entire area by lunch time.
What to buy: Alot of the Queen's china, Russian wears, you want it-you can probably find it.
What to pay: With the dollar decline-I doubt many bargains-expect to pay twice what you should-The pub drinks were the best bargain!
Portobello Road Market is known as the best antique market outside of the one held in Paris.
The Market, which is held on the weekends only, brings out antique sellers and buyers. Some antiques are real, others are about as real as OJ's innocence. Notwithstanding this, the Market will lead you into the Notting Hill area, where you can relive your Hugh Grant movie scenes and pretend that you belong there.
The Market has some pickpockets working the area, so pay attention to your stash.
Otherwise, it is a wonderful way to spend some time and browse the items. You never know, you may buy something that is actually worth something (although chances are not that good...).
What to buy: A good place for prints, lithographs, and frames of all kinds.
Lots of silverware and pewter goods - although some of dubious quality.
What to pay: More than you should.
Portobello road for me brings me back to the Flower Power period. Although a lot has changed in the street, I still enjoy walking its whole length. Unfortunately some of the older businesses are not there anymore, but the Portobello Road Second Hand Goods market on Saturdays are great for flea market hunters.
The antiques and bric-a-brac stalls are open only on Saturdays and trading may start a little earlier than the usual market start time of 9AM.
What to buy: Second hand goods.
What to pay: Low prices
Portobello Market is London's most famous street market, best seen on Saturday morning before the packs hit.
Full of antiques, jewelry, second hand clothes and fruit stalls.
What to buy: Eclectic items for gifts.
What to pay: Bargain with vendors