The Portobello and Notting Hill are is another of my favourite places in London.
You feel as if you are in a different place and time, and breath culture all around.
Go down Portobello Road, and get in and out of all the wonderful shops (clothing, antiques, craft-work, bookshops).
There are also a lot of nice pubs to take a break and freshen up, and a street market with lots of fruits and vegetables. All you need :)
We only skimmed the surface of the Notting Hill area, but the movie is one of my wife's favorites so we at least wanted to take a short stroll through a portion of the area. Notting Hill is close to the west end of Hyde Park, so we had lunch and walked through some of the neighborhoods after we explored the Bayswater Road Art Show and Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
I was struck by the architecture and the ambience. It looks like a fantastic place to live and I am glad that we saw it. Definitely worth an hour or two of your time. Unfortunately for my wife, no Hugh Grant.
Portobello road - the world's largest market -an idea of my friend to visit, before leaving direction Belgium. Unfortunally only open on Saturday, but even than, worthed to stroll around.Beautiful painted houses, a lot of local shops selling rare "Antiques"
I must say - a good idea to visit the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea - and Alice's corner
I wasn't sure whether to make this a general or shopping tip, because the Portobello Road market really is about shopping. This market's been around since 1837, still selling all sorts of antiques and other knick-knacks. There are both stores and outdoor stalls. If you love shopping, or just browsing, Portobello Market will make you happy indeed. The Market opens every Saturday.
A word of warning: Portobello Market gets very crowded, especially at Christmas time (as I found out the hard way). If crowds aren't your thing, you may want to avoid coming here.
For block upon block of, well, stuff, head right for Portobello Market.
Strolling around at the weekend antique market in Portobello Road is something, I feel, you definitely should do when you come to London. There's a really nice atmosphere there, and it's fun to look at the odd stuff ánd at the odd people. :-)
Plan enough time in your schedule because you can easily spend an entire afternoon here. Especially if your wife or you as a woman hops in every clothes shop in the road leading up to Portobelle Road. :-)
Normally you're not going to Portobelle Road to actually buy stuff, but you can find some cheap necklaces and clothes there also.
Saturdays are very nice in this Lovely Neighborhood, go to see the Portobello Market, Mostly its Antiques but also food clothes and other stuff.
Dont forget to look around in the Little cafe's in the small alleys and to have some drinks or lunch there.
The Portobello markets, located on Portobello road, are a fantastic way to spend half a Saturday.
Not only are there stalls lining the street, the little shops behind them are also open, meaning there is twice as much to see.
There are a number of antique stores and music shops, as well as vintage and original clothing stores. There are jewellery stalls, which remind me quite a lot of the jewellery I saw when I was in Bali in Indonesia, as well as bags - both vintage and new, as well as a few designer knock-offs. This is definitely the place to go if you are in need of a new scarf, as there are literally 100's of options at the markets - from embroidered, to plain, in every colour and every fabric imaginable. I picked up 2 vintage scarf’s last time I was there for only 3 pounds and they are gorgeous and in perfect condition.
Another highlight is the food stalls - this is a great place to buy cheap fruit and vegetables, as well as a place to buy French cheese, Spanish goods, olives, feta and sun dried tomatoes, bread and cakes.
There is a great antique map store which i love, with maps from all over the world, at all different point of time in History. Its a very interesting shop!
There are even books stores, shoe stores and home ware stores. There are also plenty of pubs and cafes open if you want a snack or a drink.
The Portobello markets are quite popular and thus busy, but if you go there in the afternoon, after 1 or 2, it does quieten down quite a bit.
If you are visiting in August then dont miss it.
Europe's largest street carnival takes place in Notting Hill every year, just a stone's throw away from Paddington. Culinary delights to be sampled include curried goat, jerk chicken and, for the less adventurous hot dogs and chips. You can get your whistles out and follow the colourful processions or spend all day outside one of the many pubs listening to the rhythms of a hundred thumping sound systems. The music keeps going into the night (when occasionally it shouldn't).
Thousands of people (and we met them all - at least that's how it seemed ...) come to the market each Saturday to purchase all kinds of antiques. They can eat and drink in numerous restaurants, pubs and cafés or simply walk around and watch the others go by.
Tourists cannot miss Notting Hill area and "Portobello Market" every Saturday morning
Colorful buildings, shops all over, tourists and natives alike mixed in one big shopping human concoction. Its like organized chaos. They sell almost everything here...a lot of stalls selling antiques and Scottish wool. I loved the street performers, and this small stall owned by an Irishman who sold stamps he designed himself. Visited The Travel Bookshop (featured in the Hugh Grant-Julia Roberts movie Notting Hill) just for kicks. And if you get hungry, be sure to visit the Hummingbird Cafe to taste their delicious cupcakes. The line's quite long though, so have a bit of patience.
I must confess I want to go to Notting Hill because of the film (starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts). Actually I did not find Hugh Grant's library because so many window shops looked after that one. Anyway it's a nice place where to take a walk and go shopping, nice libraries, nice vintage shops and cute home accessories's shops.
Hugh Grant starred in the film but the inimitable backdrop was Portobello Road. The Market sells everything from books to bric-a-brac, furniture to fashion and even exotic foods. The Saturday antiques market is one of the largest antiques/collectables markets in Europe, and it buzzes! With over 1,500 traders, it’s particularly good for jewellery and silverware. Paintings, perfume bottles, porcelain and posters are just a few of the specialities.
Notting Hill, with its ever-increasing celebrity headcount, has long been a party place, filled with clubs, bars and dance venues. The Caribbean residents have had a huge influence on the area and ensured the phenomenal growth of the Notting Hill Carnival. This summertime, multi-cultural arts festival and parade is now world-famous, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. Exotic costume is recommended.
It’s not just today that Notting Hill has become highly fashionable. The area, which was farmland as recently as the 19th century, has attracted many famous residents. Leighton House and Linley Sambourne House are both open to the public and well worth a visit. Holland Park is a beautiful haven of greenery with its own theatre and The Electric cinema offers art house films in a luxury setting.
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You wouldnt take a second look into most of these shops if they were in your main shopping strip, but walking along Portobello Road, taking in the mix of old and new, the antique shops, next door to Subway - you really get the feeling of mixing with not just a wide variety of Londoners, but an eclectic mix of tourists from all over.
There are fewer more London things to do on a Saturday than gently stroll along, mixing with the herds of people just soaking London in - and if it all gets a bit much, just duck down a side street, and relax with a coffee and watch the people walk on by.
We ended up sitting next to a German couple who were there for the same reason as us - just to be there.
This famous street is filled with kiosks full of bargains (and probably plenty of rip-offs, too!) in the mornings, but in the afternoon, you can walk down the nearly deserted street and enjoy the colorful houses!
Notting Hill has always been famous for its market and street carnival amongst other things but 10 years ago the movie with Hugh Grant made it even more recognisable. For fans who loved the movie there is now a tour that takes people to all the film locations from the movie. It's alot of fun and a nice way to see other parts of London too like Kenwood House in Hampstead.