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Portobello Road Market, London

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Great for wandering

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When I visit a new city, one of the things I look for is a neighborhood that's conducive to just walking around. In London, Portobello Road is it. With so many things to look at, you don't even notice how far you walk along the street filled with antiques and shops. The antique and flea market is only opened on Saturdays, but you can go during the week to see some of the shops and stalls that are still opened. Most everything is closed on Sundays.

The scenery and houses are beautiful as well... Portobello Road is where I took some of my most beautiful pictures in London, and it's also home to a lot of Hollywood movie backgrounds for films that are set in London, like Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. I went by the gated community featured in the film and took a lot of pictures, but I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Make sure you bring a good set of walking shoes with you... the road is long, and it's worth seeing every bit of it. [more ]

Always something interesting

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If you are interested in antiques you owe it to yourself to make a trip to this lively market. Although the shops are open during the week, the real activity is on Saturday, when the market goes from 5:30 AM until the end of the day. Even if you don't know an 18th century engraving from a picture of dogs playing poker, you can still have a lot of fun browsing the goods on sale, or just people-watching. If you are willing to part with a few pounds, you are bound to find something unusual to bring back from your trip to Portobello Road. [more ]

People from all over the world

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People come to Portobello from all over the world. Some are searching for antiques, others are merely soaking up the atmosphere. On the street you will hear multiple languages and dialects, from a cockney teapot vendor promoting his wares, to Chinese tourists talking together as they admire a display of British flag t-shirts. The prices range from a few pounds to several thousand, depending on the item. Almost everything is negotiable, so get ready to sharpen your bargaining skills. Some vendors even take Visa and MasterCard, though they usually want cash if they are offering a discount. [more ]

Go on Saturday

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Portobello Road is the world's largest antiques market, according to it's guidebook. Here you will find shops, stalls and tables laden with almost every imaginable item that can be collected, admired, or brought back as a souvenir of a trip to London. The backbone of the market is a network of shops that line both sides of the street. In front of the shops, on the sidewalk and spilling into the street, are the stalls that come to life on Saturday, when the market is in full swing. The shops themselves are labyrinthine affairs, often having several floors and multiple dealers jammed into narrow aisles brimming with goods. Some of the dealers in the shops offer fine antiques, including furniture. The stalls are a treasure trove of everything from collectibles to downright junk. [more ]

The Saturday Market

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Emerging from the depths of the Notting Hill Gate tube stop on a Saturday morning, and making your way towards Portobello Road, you are first struck by the stream of people heading in the same direction. Just follow the crowd, and you will soon be part of a vast throng that makes its way from the residential neighborhood at the foot of this market street, all the way to the fruit and vegetable stalls at the north end, near Tavistock Road. In between lies the reason that most people come here: antiques, knick-knacks and oddities are on sale here in a quantity and variety that boggles the mind. [more ]

Worth a trip

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If you are interested in antiques you owe it to yourself to make a trip to this lively market. Although the shops are open during the week, the real activity is on Saturday, when the market goes from 5:30 AM until the end of the day. Even if you don't know an 18th century engraving from a picture of dogs playing poker, you can still have a lot of fun browsing the goods on sale, or just people-watching. If you are willing to part with a few pounds, you are bound to find something unusual to bring back from your trip to Portobello Road. [more ]

Treasures to junk

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Portobello Road is the world's largest antiques market, according to it's guidebook. Here you will find shops, stalls and tables laden with almost every imaginable item that can be collected, admired, or brought back as a souvenir of a trip to London. The backbone of the market is a network of shops that line both sides of the street. In front of the shops, on the sidewalk and spilling into the street, are the stalls that come to life on Saturday, when the market is in full swing. The shops themselves are labyrinthine affairs, often having several floors and multiple dealers jammed into narrow aisles brimming with goods. Some of the dealers in the shops offer fine antiques, including furniture. The stalls are a treasure trove of everything from collectibles to downright junk. [more ]

Port bella

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I've been to london many times but it was only on my last visit that I found myself at the Portobella Road Market. And I was glad I did. The markets literally have something for everyone, and I managed to pick up a great early edition Peter Rabbit book that I'd been looking for for a long time. There was also plenty of great jewellery and antiquey gadgets.The clothing was a bit hit and miss, but it's a great crowd and well worth the visit. [more ]

Portobello Market: very popular and always crowded

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The neighbourhood Notting Hill attracts many tourists all Saturdays along the year to the great market at Portobello Road. Maybe is because of the high popularity of the movie with the same name, maybe not, but undoubtedly, it is quite hard to walk along the crowded street, especially in the summer. However, in my opinion, Notting Hill is not only an amazing option for the tourists, but also for people who live in London. I live in London for a while and I still like to walk through the region. The stalls of fruits and food, in the end of the Portobello are my favourites. They sell a range of products, with great quality such as the famous Paella, carefully prepared in front of the customers, the delicious Spanish churros and the French crepes. In the beginning of the market is the antiquaries, where silver products, very popular among the visitants, are exposed. [more ]

Portobello Market Magic

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Portobello Street Market was such an incredible experience while visiting London. Portobello Road is the perfect place to spend a Saturday morning. The market goes for so long and is so interesting. We found all sorts of fun stuff from WWII gas masks, fresh fruits, venetian mask, trendy artistic clothing and bargains. The shops in the road are also incredible, not necessarily the cheapest but definitely worthy. We took the tube to Ladbroke and then walked for about 10 min to Portobello Road towards Notting Hill. Portobello Road goes for miles so it is important to wear comfortable shoes. There are also plenty of small cafés and restaurants along the road, and one excellent feature are convenient free public toilets that get washed after every use. A fantastic experience not to miss while in London. [more ]

Portobello Road

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Shopping, shopping, shopping! Portobello Road Market is the antique lover's paradise. It's like Camden in that is a fantastic place to go even if you don't want to buy- just hang around, have something to eat and chill out whilst enjoying the atmosphere- the only difference is that it's antiques, not clothes. Portobello Road is famous for being an extrememly 'trendy' place to live and hang out- a place to be seen and that is still true today. There is such a vibe about this place, I didn't buy anything when I went, just walked about the market and browsed the stalls and watched people haggling and selling. A true piece of London! [more ]

Portobello Road market

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The funkiest part of London. I love Portobello Road. You can find heaps of different shops and the weekend markets are just great. Many people selling their own clothes designs and many second hand clothes too. In the end of the street you can find all kinds of cheap stuff/junk, I once bought a bike for five pounds, after bit of fixing it was like new. Portobello markets are also good for bying fesrh fruits and veggies. You can find almost everything you need actually and it is a good weekend hangout with all the little cafes, restaurants and pubs. [more ]

Event: Portobello Road

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Portobello Road is a famous London’s Street where people sell old things. It is one of London’s so called street markets. It is a collector’s market. Don’t expect to find the latest fashion trends here. I was curious what kind of people come here. In front of me an old man was putting on his glasses to see well. He had a small matchbox in his hand. I knew he was a matchbox collector. Believe it or not, this is the place where I found old matchboxes in three different shops. The place is filled with all kinds of old things. The number of people is overwhelming. I had to leave because I felt suffocated. [more ]

Getting a tattoo on Portobello Road

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Portobello Road draws in a huge amount of tourists, many of which get tattoos, therefore the prices for tattoos on Portobello Road can be pretty steep. There are two tattooists that I know of one is in a tint shop and you wouldn't even know its there as the shop sells clothes and bongs, then at the back there is a tattooist! I got a tattoo done there, it was totally random and unplanned and I had never had a tattoo before so I had no idea about prices but for the size of a medium size coin it was ₤40 and it took five minutes. The other tattooist is a well known one and its called All Saints. [more ]

Portobello market

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What I love about London is the fact you never know what you will find around the next corner. To me it truly is a magical place. And there is no place better to test this theory then Portobello market. One of the most memorable mornings I have ever had was taking a tube to Notting Hill and then walking along the Holland road and finally ending up at Portobello market. Even though there are stalls and sellers during the week and you get your fruits and vegs here, Portobello market is most visited during the weekends, especially on Saturdays even there are stalls selling everything from second hand clothes, fine china and antiques, truly there is something for everyone, not to mention you can find fantastic bargains if you are patient enough and do not mind weaving through crowds. If you get a bit flustered from all this bargain hunting, there are plenty of restaurants and coffee houses where you can sit down and have a rest to recuperate yourself. If you take the tube to Ladbroke Grove, all you have to do is follow the people, this is much better then any map and there are plenty of shops on the way as well. So whether you are looking for antiques, or desire to find quirky and affordable items of clothing or you just fancy wandering around, Portobello market is a must see. Portobello market is open from 8:00am until 6:30pm during the week, apart from Thursday (8:00am until 1:00pm) You can take the tube to Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne park tube to get there. [more ]


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