The Portobello Road market is one of the largest and most popular street markets in the world, attracting over 100,000 visitors per week.
It was most recently in the limelight as the setting of the movie "Notting Hill" and attracts many visitors simply because of this.
The market dates back to around 1870 and has been trading Monday to Saturday since 1927, with stall's running along the entire 2 mile stretch of the road.
Although there is a street market six days per week, Saturday is by far the most lively as it is the day of the famous antiques market, with over 2000 stalls open for business.
The carnival atmosphere is further enhanced by street performers and musicians.
From Monday to Thursday it is mostly the fruit and vegetable stalls that are open, with many of the antiques and bric-a-brac stalls opening from Friday.
The Portobello Road Market is split into 3 distinctive sections:
The southern end of the market specialises in antiques and bric-a-brac.
The middle section is food lovers paradise, with everything from fruit and vegetable stalls, to speciality delicacies from all over the world, and a wide variety of delicious street food to sample. The northern part of the market is dedicated to vintage, retro and second hand clothing.
It would be easy to while away an entire day here, although the earlier you get there the better as it can become extremely crowded by early afternoon.
The market's opening times are as follows:
Monday - Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am-7pm
Depending on which end of the market you would like to start at first, there are two tube stations to choose from:
Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City Lines) which stops near the northern part of the market.
Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle or District Lines) which stops near the southern part of the market.