Portobello Road, London

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Portobello Road, W10/W11
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    A local tourist's viewpoint

    by ADAMYAMEY Written Jan 4, 2016

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    I live in an area close to Potobello Road, and visit the well-known market regularly. It is busiest on Saturday, but on other days of the week there is plenty of activity, but less crowding.

    The southern end of the Market closest to Notting Hill Gate is the most 'touristy', and consists of numerous stalls and shops offering items that purport to be antique. Picturesque as this is, especially on a Saturday, the best part of the market is for me further north. The market is a mixture of stalls selling crafts and quite a lot of useless items AND a great selection of foodstalls. These stalls sell meat, fish, cheeses, cut-price confectionery, oils, olives, and a wide range of fruit and vegetables. I would say that Portobello easily outrivals Borough Market.

    Shops line each side of Portobello Road, one of my favourites being the Oxfam Bookshop. Another of my haunts is Coffee Plant, which serves high quality coffee at reasonable prices. Another good place for coffee is The Portobello Garden Café. And, don't miss the small stall that sells books published by the Holland Park Press, which is opposite the Portobello Garden Café on Saturdays.

    I could go on and on, but why don't you go there and see for yourself?

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    Portobello Road Market

    by Galaxy31 Updated Sep 19, 2014

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    Portobello market its one of the most famous markets in London and attracts a lot of tourists as it has got several markets all blend into one.
    You have the antiques and bric- a-brac, fruit and vegetables, fashion, second hand and the new item section.
    The first time I have visited Portobello Road I couldn’t believe it how long it was and how it was changing along the route from fruit and vegetables stalls to the fashion stalls.
    From the market you can buy all sorts of items from household cleaning items, fruit or even the latest fashion item at a reduced price.
    It's always buzzing and it has a great atmosphere.
    The antiques and bric- a-brac its only on Saturdays and it might start trading a bit earlier

    Opening times:
    Monday to Wednesday 9.00am to 18.00pm
    Thursday 9.00am to 13.00pm
    Friday and Saturday 9.00am to 19.00pm
    Nearest station:Noting Hill underground
    Holland Park or Ladbroke Park.

    Address: Portobello Market Road

    Website: http://www.portobellomarket.org

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    Portobello Market Street Artist

    by Galaxy31 Updated Sep 18, 2014

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    When I visited Portobello market I'm was surprised to see so many artist performing on the street corners of these famous market.
    They definitely bringing an excellent vibe into the market life and the shoppers and tourist alike they seem to enjoy them.
    You will find them on other street corner and they are performing from jazz, pop or folk.

    Address: Portobello Market

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    Explore and look out for Banksy!

    by ducksecret Updated Jul 2, 2014

    With all the fame and the ensuing tourists, its amazing how Notting Hill didn't turn into a full-blown tourist trap (You know what I mean if you have been to Prague). Although it is not hard to find junks for tourists, but they are mostly cheap Britain-themed T-shirts, mugs and poster; nothing too insulting on the tourists' collective intelligence. If you can't afford to shop at Harrods or Selfridge, bring some cash with you. You can actually find good quality clothes and shoes at Notting Hills, as there are discount stores selling out-of-season goods.

    Keep staring at walls for graffitis, for they might be works by Banksy; one of the most well-known and mysterious and sought-after graffiti artists in the world. His work can easily fetch price north of £50,000 in an auction. If you see a graffiti protected by an acrylic panel then its pretty likely you are looking at a Banksy.

    Be sure to stop at antique stores and dig through the piles of keys and spoons and peculiar objects. Its like time traveling with your fingers.

    If you see a charming looking cafe, just go for a cup of coffee, choose a window seat and people-watch for a bit.

    Address: Portobello Road, W10/W11

    Directions: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

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    Busy, Busy, Busy

    by cleocat Written Feb 5, 2014

    The carnival is something you have to do at least once. It is summertime and time for party. It is incredibily busy, but loads of fun. You will have to be very patient and expect to move as part of the crowd.

    Address: Portobello Road, W10/W11

    Directions: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

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    Portobello Road Market.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 13, 2013

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    Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill is by far the most popular market in London - if not in the world. There has been a market here since 1870. Back then it was only a Saturday market.

    To get to the market I take the tube to Notting Hill Gate and from there are good directions to which exit to take to Portobello Road Market and where to find it. One has to walk for ca 5 minutes to get to the market.

    Portobello Road Market is such a varied market, one can buy almost everything here, bric-a-brac, antique, vintage clothes, vintage fur-coats, fashion clothes, food etc., etc. There are some lovely Antique Arcades here. My sister loves antique and I know she would love visiting Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market. I hope we will be able to visit it together one day.

    On Saturdays Portobello Road Market is almost painfully busy. You have to be there to understand how unbelievably busy it gets. I do visit it on Saturdays from time to time, but I am a fast walker and almost feel trapped in here. I prefer visiting it on a normal weekday, although the whole market isn´t open, then there are several stalls open and it is much less busy. All the stores are open on weekdays and food-stalls, restaurant and cafés, so it is also fun visiting it on a weekday and I have made some bargains there.

    I add some photos from how busy it can get on Saturdays - compared to what it looks like on a weekday. It is the same street on both photos. One can see the numbers painted on the street where the stalls are located on Saturdays.

    One part of the market is called Portobello Green Market and the organic international food-market opposite PGM is called Acklam Village Market (see my additional tips on Portobello Road Market).

    There are stores on both sides of Portobello Road - after you cross Westbourne Grove. The only part of Portobello Road, which has almost no stores, is the part leading from Pembridge Road to Westbourne Grove. There are many cafés and restaurants on each side of Portobello Road, but the stalls almost hide them completely - especially when it gets so crowded. But if one wants to take a break one can go behind the stalls and try to find a seat in a café or a pub - or just browse in the stores behind the stalls.

    The main Portobello Road Market is open on Saturdays from ca 07:00-17:00, although some of them are open a bit longer and very few people arrive so early in the morning. The official hours for the market are: Monday-Wednesday: 09:00-18:00. Thursday: 09:00-13:00. Friday-Saturday: 09:00-19:00. Closed on Sundays.

    Address: Portobello Road, London W10/W11

    Directions: From Notting Hill Gate tube station turn right on Pembridge Road and then turn left on Portobello Road. Walk straight ahead until you cross Westbourne Grove. On the other side the market starts.

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/the-market/

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    Portobello Road Market - Acklam Village Market.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 13, 2013

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    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.

    Address: Acklam Village Market, London W10

    Directions: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes. Opposite Portobello Green Market.

    Website: http://acklamvillagemarket.com/

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    Portobello Green Market - Vintage & fashion market

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 13, 2013

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    One of the markets at Portobello Market is Portobello Green Market. It is located at the northern end of Portobello Market - further away in Notting Hill. I always enter the market from Notting Hill Gate station and walk down to the Portobello Green Market - which takes one all the way through the main market area.

    At Portobello Green Market one can find a great selection of vintage and new clothes. There is an excellent selection of vintage fur-coats here, with quite a few stalls specialising in vintage fur. There are more than 800 stalls here and it can get really crowded.

    On different days of the week there are different stalls here. On Fridays mostly vintage, antigues, retro. On Saturdays designer clothes, accessories and fashion. On Sundays clothes, books and CD´s and records.

    This is such a lively area of the market. Walking further north is the end of the market with vintage clothe´s stalls lining the street. Opposite Portobello Green Market is Acklam Village Market, with more vintage clothes and the restaurant stalls.

    Walking down the path, with myriads of stalls, to leave the market, one can get stuck and has to follow the crowds. But one is stuck anyway and the long walk up to Notting Hill Gate station takes quite a while, so I sometimes leave Portobello Road Market here behind Portobello Green Market.

    Opening hours: Friday-Sunday from 07:00-18:00.

    Address: Portobello Green Market, Notting Hill, London W10

    Directions: Under the canopy of the Westway overpass. Tube: Notting Hill Gate station, if you want to walk through the whole of Portobello Market. Or Ladbrooke Grove Station.

    Phone: 0800 358 3434

    Website: http://www.portobellofashionmarket.com/home.aspx

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    Portobello Road

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 27, 2012

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    This is my favourite London market - it really bustles on a Saturday as hundreds of people walk along the Portobello Road - it starts off at its Notting Hill end as a normal street where buses carefully move past through the crowds and there are just shops at the start but as it moves up through colourful residential houses the road is eventually closed to traffic and the market becomes a mix of shops and stalls. There is also some street entertainment and certainly a lot to see and do.
    Portobello claims to be the worlds largest antiques market and it certainly has any antique stalls and shops - some looks rather dubious but there are some beautiful clocks for example and a good variety of jewellery.
    I think most people come to look and enjoy the atmosphere and many different sorts of eatery.
    Recommended.

    Address: Portobello Road, W10/W11

    Directions: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes or buses 7,12, 23, 27, 28, 31, 52, 70, 94, 328 & 452.

    Phone: 20 7229 8354 (ANTIQUES ENQUIRIES

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

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    Shop Portobello Market

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jun 3, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Portobello Road, W10/W11

    Directions: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

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    a beautiful district!

    by mindcrime Updated Mar 21, 2010

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    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).

    Address: Portobello Road, W10/W11

    Directions: Notting Hill is close to the northwest corner of Hyde Park.
    Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

    nice victorian townhouses classic one! beautiful small alley Portobello Road

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    The Portobella Road

    by Andrew_W_K Written Mar 3, 2010

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    Many people who delight in antiques, flea markets, tourist tat and souveniers head instinctively for the Portobello Road in Notting Hill. Saturday sees the whole road thrown open to a huge outdoor market but any other day of the week sees all the shops mentioned above and a few market stalls frequented by tourists and locals alike.
    Alongside the antique and junk shops there are some rare treats, the original Rough Trade record store is still trading (Rough Trade are a legendary record label that signed such up and coming bands as The Smiths, The Strokes and The Libertines among many others).
    Alas some more notable high street stores seem to be moving in like Jack Wills and Quicksilver but hopefully they will remain the minority while the quirky little stores that draw the crowds will continue to flourish.

    Address: Portobello Road, W10/W11

    Directions: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

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    Go there!

    by jorgec25 Written Sep 21, 2009

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    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 :)

    Address: Portobello Road, W10/W11

    Directions: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

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    Portobello Market

    by draguza Updated Aug 26, 2009

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    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.

    Address: Portobello Road, W10/W11

    Directions: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

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    Portobello Road Market

    by WorldRunner100 Written Jul 15, 2009

    If you've read any of my other posts you already know that I am a huge history buff. This extends to antiques, so I was really excited to get to the market. Unfortunately, I was a little dissapointed. I've posted some photos and a short narrative on my travel blog at:
    http://adams-travel-blog.blogspot.com/2009/06/more-london.html
    The stuff on the market is towards the bottom of the post.
    It just seemd like more junk than antiques. I spent a long time looking, but no realy gems. That, and the prices were pretty high. I wouldn't visit the market unless you have plenty of time in London. It wasn't horrible, but there are many more things that would be a better use of your time.

    Address: Portobello Road, W10/W11

    Directions: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tubes

    Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

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