Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road Market

London is not only the place for ancient palaces and state-of-the-art high-rise buildings, many people love this city for such iconic places which you will never find in tourist guides. In west London, in the Notting Hill neighbourhood there is the best place for shopaholics ever, both for local and travelling ones, the road market. It is the place where antique dealers open their stalls every Saturday. Citizens of London come here for almost a century hoping to find beautiful vintage and antique items. If you are particularly looking for antique things, better take the tube and go out at Notting Hill Gate. Fashion lovers especially enjoy several designer boutiques Portobello Green Arcade (in this case you’d better go to Ladbroke Grove tube station). If you are still sceptical, just note that David Beckham named Portobello Road Market one of the best tourist attractions of Great Britain.

But if you think that you have never seen this Road Market, you are most probably mistaken. This is the exact location of the bookshop The Travel Book Co. (142 Portobello Road) where characters of Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant met in the romantic comedy Notting Hill (1999). Be sure to see the place where Grant's character bought the flowers. Maybe you should also buy flowers for your date?

Would you like to buy something nice and not very expensive in London? Take a look at a great variety of tin boxes. One of them could become a good souvenir! Music lovers take a risk to hang out in the store selling old records and magazines for ages. At Portobello Arts Club one can see an exposition of photographs and buy some very unique and special gifts. Frankly speaking, Portobello Road is not only about shopping. It is about that special environment and friendly attitude to the visitors, here you feel like you are hunting for some treasures. The air is full of excitement, not mentioning the incredible aromas coming from bakeries and coffee shops. If you feel hungry, step into a cosy cafe, bakery or pub. Take your time to relax and maybe communicate with the locals, taste the best chicken wings, paella and choux pastry and get refill for new adventures!

The best day to visit Portobello Road Market is Saturday when all the stalls and stores are open; fashion boutiques, fruit and vegetables stalls as well bakeries and kiosks are the ones that work on weekdays. You can take a snack and get some rest at numerous bars and coffee shops, or you can do it right in the street. In the north part of the market there is Portobello Star Bar, visitors like cosy interior, nice music and amazing range of gin.

In close proximity to the market there is an interesting place, Museum of Brands (111-117 Lancaster Rd, London W11 1QT, UK). If you are interested in vintage and various old things, you will discover many interesting facts about the well-known brands, package and advertising there. Notting Hill neighbourhood is also known as the place that houses a number of embassies that stand in a row a little distance from the tube station. Another place of the same kind as Portobello can be called a popular street market Camden Lock Market.

Address: Portobello Rоаd
Opening hours: stores and coffee shops Mon-Wed 9 am – 6 pm, Thu 9 am - 1 pm, Fri-Sat 9 am – 7 pm; antique market Sat 8 am – 6 pm, Friday and Saturday are the main market days, Sun 11 am - 4 pm, flea market on Sat and Sun; closed on UK Bank Holidays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Times can vary depending on the weather.
How to reach: tube Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate; bus 7, 12, 23, 27, 28, 31, 52, 70, 94, 328, 452.
Coordinates: 51.51594, -0.20503