Portobello Road and Notting Hill, London
I love Notting Hill, it is such a lovely part of London, with its colourful houses, trendy stores, Portobello Road Market and lively surroundings. It is known as being a trendy and fashionable area of London.
When I visit Notting Hill I usually shop in the stores on Pembridge Road, they are awesome (see my photos) - where there is a good selection of high-fashion clothes cheaper than in other parts of London - surprisingly enough. I have paid half the price for some cardigans than I would have paid in other markets - and here at the stores there is a set price - no haggling. There are also 2 stores here where everything costs GBP 5. There is no trying on the clothes in the GBP 5 stores, but one can return the clothes if they don´t fit. I have paid more for clothes in Tooting Broadway´s markets way down in South London than in Notting Hill - imagine that.
The British film "Notting Hill" (1999) with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, was filmed here - I add the website to a self-help guide of the film locations of "Notting Hill". Next time I visit I am going to use that guide, as I adore that film and watched it recently.
There is a popular Carnival here in August - The Notting Hill Carnival. It takes place on the Bank holiday in August and has done so since 1965 (the year I was born).
Portobello Road is the best known road in Notting Hill - it cuts through Notting Hill from south to north. This is where the world famous Portobello Road Market is located with the largest antique market on the planet - the Londoners say.
Portobello market is the world largest antique market.
It s open every saturdays. It starts around 8am and finishes around 5pm.
It has over 1500 dealers selling every kind of antiques.
Further down the road you will find the food market and the clothing market (new clothes, second-hand clothes, you ll also see some young designers trying to promote their clothes until maybe they make it to fame!)
It attracts thousands of people from collectors, visitors, or just locals.
Acklam Village Market is the food-market of Portobello Market. Of course there are many food-stalls and restaurants along Portobello Market, but at Acklam Village Market one can only find food and drinks. And live music in the inside bar, where one can bring the food and have a drink.
I have been here several times and my partner has tried their food. Acklam Village Market is an authentic food market, which only serves organic ingredients and authentic international recipes.
There are some lovely murals at Acklam Village Market (see my photo).
Next to the market are stalls with vintage clothes - maybe we should call this part of the market "old clothes´market". When you visit you will know what I mean.
Opposite the Acklam Village Market is Portobello Green Market with more than 800 stalls.
The shops are open six days a week, some of them being antique shops like the one on the picture.
It s really a different atmosphere when the market is not open, you might even like it better if you are not so fond of crowded places as on saturdays the crowd can be a bit too much sometimes.
you ll also find clothing shops, coffee beans shops, tatoo shops, pubs, little cafe places, lots of shops with products coming from india(decorations) and more....
The carnival also takes place in portobello in august.
Lovely independent cinema in Portobello Road showing some mainstream and some art house films. You do need to BOOK FIRST as it is very popular and you won't get in unless you have booked. We went to see a double bill of Before Sunset and Before Sunrise... two great films (chick flicks :)) They have a great website which gives all the info about forthcoming films etc.
You will have to be in London at the end of August to see this event. 2million people converge on West London for a vast, noisy, colourful, multicultural festival and procession. Hundreds of Afro-Caribbean adults and children dress up, decorate vehicles, set-up sound systems and parade along the routes. There is plenty of great food on sale and loads of free music to be heard. Sunday is normally 'Family Day' for children in particular.
The festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend, which is normally the last weekend in the month. It has been taking place in the Nottinghill area since the 1960's, long before Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant helped to hijack the area for celebrities and luvvies with their film of the same name!!
Until 15 or so years ago the area was quite poor, few rich jet-set neighbours, and a centre for London's black community.
Get there early in the day. By 1-2pm the area is heaving with people. REALLY HEAVING. I considered making this a 'Tourist trap' tip! The Tube system can become a nightmare!!
Be sensible and watch your bags too, like you would in any other crowded city. People are there to have fun and celebrate their culture, but with any large crowd you get a few ruffians!!
I've been visiting Portobello Road for more than 30 years now and, although it has changed a lot over that time, every Saturday morning that I'm in London finds me heading down the Road for a browse among the antique stalls, a coffee at 11 with a group of 'Road regulars for a "show and tell" session of their latest finds and a visit to the Travel Bookshop and Books for Cooks in Blenheim Crescent. Coming to the end of the antique section of the market we'll stop for a purchase of some fruit from a favourite stall holder and then it's time for lunch - what will it be? Something from one of the many street stalls that have sprung up in the last few years, a walk around to Ottolenghi's or a pub? Portobello Gold is one of our favourites, both for their good food and the gorgeous conservatory you eat it in.
So that's my Portobello Road experience, a ritual that has developed over many years. What brings the hordes that throng the Road every Saturday?
Hundreds of antique dealers operate in and around Portobello Road, selling their treasures (and some trash) out of everything from street barrows to some very posh shops indeed. Doorways on the street open into warrens of arcades crammed with small shops. Rickety stairs in some of them lead to basements and upper floors and more shops. Size and location is no indicator of quality - the funniest little stall in a tucked away corner can be selling exquisite porcelain or perfect small "objets de virtu" - the catch-all name for the precious trinkets of a by-gone age. Silver, jewellery, books, maps, prints, textiles, furniture, clocks, there is something for everyone here
Out on the Road, things are more mixed as more and more barrows are taken over by general bric-a-brac stalls, pashmina sellers, CDs and other odds and ends. There are still some genuine dealers out on the Road though, so don't dismiss it all as junk.
Don't just stay up in the antique end of the Road however. Once you've had your fill of antiques, keep on walking to the produce end with its colourful fruit, vegetable and flower stalls. Venture into some of the side streets too - Blenheim Crescent has some fabulous food shops as well as those bookshops I mentioned and Westbourne Grove is another great street with some of London's trendiest shops. There are plenty of great cafes and restaurants too - it's impossible to list them all, Notting Hill could qualify for its own dedicated site here on VT.
If you're a serious antique shopper, come early - especially on a fine day. The Road can get impossibly crowded.
The antique section of the market - including the shops in the arcades - is only open on Saturday. Everything else is open all week, though the food market has half-day closing on Thursday afternoon.
The vibrant Portobello Market became world-famous by the movie “Notting Hill” with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant; most of the guidebooks about London mentions it among the top sights of London. There is one single difference only compared to the living city, namely in the film there are much less people on the street.
Mainly for its numerous, beautiful and valuable antique merchandise is well known.
The antique fair is held on every Saturday - it is worth to go there early in the morning - with more food than you will know what to do with. It is highly recommended, not to eat your breakfast before heading to Portobello, making you unable to consume the delightful delicacies.
It is a great place to browse for antique and beautiful jewellery; there is something for everyone here, from shoes, scarves, costume, jewelry, coats, hats, cheap and second-hand clothes to the newest trends and local designs.
A much smaller market selling fresh vegetables, luscious fruits and fragrant bunches of seasonal blooms is held there on other days.
Open: Saturday 8am to 5pm
Portobello Antique Dealers Association: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/
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!
If you're looking for something specific, check the website or visit the information booth (open Saturdays only) at the junction of Porobello Road and Westbourne Grove.
If you want to shop anywhere in London, come here. There is so much to see! The prices are not bad either. Might I also add that this is a good place to get a bite to eat, there are many vendors with lots of very appetizing food.
The antique shops are open 6 days a week, but the infamous "Portabello Market" is only open on Saturdays...it's worth the wait!
Notting Hill is one beautiful rich district in West London. It used to be the area of immigrants some years before, and also an artists' alternative scene for many years but in our days I can say it's only a cosmopolitan district but worth the visit.
1.The annual Notting Hill Carnival take place here every August for two days. There are years that the carnival has attracted up to 1.5 million people!
2.The Portobello Road houses the famous second hand & antique market. Some say it's a tourist trap but I like markets anyway. Expect to find many people here because it's one of the most visited places in London. I cant wait to go back, last time I saw some beautiful box gloves! just for decoration! :) Some years before I bought many vinyl records there.
3.The area became famous because of the film "Notting Hill" (1999).
This place was a hive of activity and colour. I just loved it. The whole street is lined with stalls selling anything from fruit to feathers. Arcades along the road lead you through labyringths of antique stalls. A bit stuffy inside and quite hot if you stay too long but full of interesting stuff. Antique jewellry, books, china, dolls...anything and everything.
Every august bank holiday (usually 2nd to last weekend) from saturday-monday Britains biggest carnival hits the strees near notting hill. The event has taken place for a long period of time and people competing with their sound systems to get people dancing is a regular feature. The event used to be notourious for it's stabbings and other criminal activities, but with the organisers now working with the local authorities it has calmed down a lot. That's not to say you can be stupid whilst you're there, the same rules apply as if you were going to a big event in any city, pickpockets are the biggest problem, whilst girls being harrased has been known to happen as well.
Although anyone travelling from brasil wont' find it that impressive, anyone that doesn't regularly go to carnivals or experience something like this will love it. please note though it does get very very crowded (look at second picture) so taking kids may not be a good idea... don't wear open shoes as well as there's always a lot of glass around and people to tread on your toes! Get as many people you know to go down there, and try and get there early, last year 750k people turned up which is a lot for a small area of london
all that's left to say is take care, have fun, and dance the weekend away!
The street is just so exciting and there is always something fun to see. Even if you don't buy anything just looking around will keep you busy for half a day.
My first purchase was a punnet of georgous strawberries from this stall. Barry the stall owner was quite a character!
Portobello Square is so fun.. You can buy just about anything; food, toys, clothes.. I got a gorgeous velvet purse there! My sister and I stopped into a really cool pub called The Mau Mau bar. It was so cozy with a nice bar, and comfy leather couches all over the place. People were incredibly friendly there. And then on somewhat of a whim we decided to get tattoos. What a good souvenier, I think!