Portobello Road is a street in the Notting Hill district of West London. Every Saturday it is home to Portobello Road Market, a huge market of stretching for 2 miles and with 2000 stalls selling everything from bric-a-brac to collectible china. The sights, sounds and smells of this bustling market make for a fascinating visit – there really is no need to spend money.
There has been a market on Portobello Road since the 19th century. Originally it was a fresh fruit and vegetable market; the antiques stalls arrived in the 1960s. It pays to remember that some stalls sell modern items, particularly jewellery, so it is worth asking an item’s age. As well as antiques there is a large number of stalls selling second hand clothing and accessories, some of it vintage and collectible.
The market tends to be split into distinct areas depending on what is being sold. There is the antiques section, the fruit and veg area, second hand goods, fashion and new items.
For up to date information on the market there is an information booth at the junction of Portobello road and Westbourne Grove.
There is no shortage of places to eat, as the street has many cafes and restaurants and on market days there are also stalls and vans selling food.
In addition to the stalls Portobello Road also has a lot of “normal” shops that visitors can browse.
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Portobello Road Market
London W11 1LU
020 7229 8354