Portobello Road Market

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Portobello road market


Portobello market Vintage fashion


Portobello road market Admiral Vernon Antique Market

 (© Ed Marshall / Time Out)
© Ed Marshall / Time Out

Portobello road market

 (© Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out)
© Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out

Portobello is actually several markets stretched out up one long strip of road: antiques start at the Notting Hill Gate end; further up are food stalls; and emerging designer and vintage clothes are found under the Westway flyover and along the walkway to Ladbroke Grove. A visit here is as much about soaking up the vibe as it is about shopping.

Saturdays are manically busy so head out early, especially if you’re serious about buying antiques. Friday is less hectic and one of the best days for sourcing clothes from up-and-coming fashion designers. Best of all are the fantastic shops lining the surrounding streets; escape the crowds with a browse round Ledbury Road’s boutiques.

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Elisa R

Somehow, I've always been to Portobello road on weekdays or Sundays. Therefore, I had never seen the market until last Saturday when I was in the area for a morning rave. Oh the delight of leaving a club at 1.30pm, sweaty and hungry, deserving of tasty food after shaking it for hours on the dancefloor and being welcomed by the most delicious food smells caressing your nostrils! I realised very quicky that my usual 'Let's check and test everything out first and then decide' technique would be undoable there. There were tons and tons of options, all more tempting than the previous, so I just went for the first place, tried and hoped for the best. Oh my... Wonderful! Peruvian sandwich with marinated grilled chicken and cheese... A tear threatens to roll down my cheek just thinking about it. I'm not even going to relate what types of food you can find there and simply say this: everything your heart – and tastebuds – desires IS there. All sorts of puddings and sweet thingies are of course also available.

If you're more on the fashionista side of life, there will be happiness on the menu for you too with loads of vintage and new cloth stalls.

Tom Bruce

Graffiti, grub, and garms by the truckload. If wavy street wear and modern art aren't your bag, Portobello Market also has a sprawling antiques sale every Saturday and Sunday - this ranges from overpriced ten-a-penny tat which can be haggled down to a third of the asking price (note 'asking' - they don't have a label and stall owners pretty much make it up on the spot) up to super-rare specialist items curated and sold by aged professors with a doctorates on the history of their collections. 

Portobello Road is not what is once was. Inevitably, commercialisation has occurred and tourist traps flocking the usual tacky 'I HEART LDN' and 'Keep Calm and Shut Your Mouth You Twat' shite are worryingly prevalent. Back in the Bed Knobs and Broom Sticks days it truly was something to behold. A hub of commerce and exoticism. Then again, maybe it never was quite exactly like its depiction in the 1970s Disney live action/cartoon cross-genre musical, which is a fun adventure for all the family that promotes positive messages about animal equality and the importance of levity in the face of adversity. 

Lauren S

Great for a relaxed Saturday morning stroll- always a lovely atmosphere! Give the international food market a try too. There's free live music and an amazing selection of international food stalls.