by Gill Chris
Portobello Road Market is the world’s largest antique market attracting visitors from all over the world in search of every kind of antique and collectible. With over 1000 dealers, the market is one of London’s best loved landmarks and home to the most extensive selection of antiques in Britain.
2015 marks the 150th birthday of the market which, though most famous for antiques, is also a haven for lovers of fashion, food, books and music.
On the busiest days, market stalls stretch a mile along Portobello Road and round the corner into Golborne Road. Hundreds of traders sell all sorts of everything, old and new, and there’s plenty of delicious food for re-fuelling.
A visit to the market is real London and not at all like mall shopping. Tips for first time visitors include: bring some cash as most street traders do not take credit or debit cards; use a bag with a shoulder strap to keep your hands free for shopping; come early – the market usually sets up around 9am and the Saturday antique dealers open around 7am so why not have breakfast there too?
Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park and Notting Hill Gate are the nearest tube stations but bear in mind that Notting Hill Gate station can get very busy so consider coming another way to avoid the crowds. The market can be easily reached from any of our London vacation rentals and is within walking distance from property ref: ALD.