Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill

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LONDON | Portobello Road Market or “Portobello Market” in Notting Hill is one of London’s most famous markets, and stretches for over two miles from Notting Hill Gate up to Ladbroke Grove. The most popular day is Saturday, when the antiques market is held, but the market is actually open six days a week, with a number of independent vendors offering all kinds of things to shoppers.

There’s a been a market on Portobello Road since the 1870s, but it was in the 1950s, when the antiques market really took off, that the market’s reputation grew. Today, the market is split into three main sections. The antiques market, which starts just past Notting Hill Gate tube station, is where you’ll find all sorts of items and curiosities dating as far back as Roman times. Between the shops, arcades, and stalls, you can easily spend a few hours browsing here.

Just past this is the fruit and veg market, which sees vendors taking over the road and selling fresh fruit and veg to locals, along with things like bread, cakes, and other artisan produce. R Garcia & Sons, one of London’s largest Spanish delicatessens, and a favourite of ours, is also located here, as is the original Rough Trade store, one of our favourite spots in London to discover and purchase independent music.

After this, you hit the Westway flyover and the flea market underneath it. There’s lots of second hand clothing, jewelry and the like to be found here, as well as another one of our favourite independent record stores, Honest Jons. Also near this part of the market is the quirky and fascinating Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising.

For us, the best day to visit is a Friday. Most of the shops, bars, and cafes are open (unlike earlier in the week), but it’s not as busy as a Saturday. If you do want to visit for antiques on a Saturday, do go early, around 8am, to avoid the crowd of tourists that starts to build from around 10am. Also note that while the market itself is closed on a Sunday, most of the shops, bars, pubs and cafes along Portobello Road are open.

Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road
London W11 1LA
United Kingdom

Telephone: 7922 832 872
Email: n/a
Website: Website

Open
Mon – Wed: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Thu: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fri – Sat: 9:00am to 7:00pm

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