Portobello Road Market

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Portobello Road Market Although out-of-towners may know it best as the place where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts found love in the movie Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market is a London institution that is home to the world's largest antiques marketplace... London England 51.5135500600153 -0.203032493591309
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  • Tube:

    Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines: Ladbroke Grove

  • Phone:

    General Inquiries: 020 7361 3000
    Antiques: 020 7229 8354

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  • Hours:

    M–W, F 8am–6:30pm, Th 8am–1pm, Sa 6am–6:30pm, Su 11am–4pm
    Antiques Market: Sa 8am–5pm; hours vary

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Portobello Road Market Review

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Although out-of-towners may know it best as the place where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts found love in the movie Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market is a London institution that is home to the world's largest antiques marketplace...

Although out-of-towners may know it best as the place where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts found love in the movie Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market is a London institution that is home to the world’s largest antiques marketplace and a cornucopia of art galleries, cafés, and homemade crafts.

Drawing everyone from artifact-loving locals to souvenir-seeking tourists, the market’s central walk – a hilly slope comprised of distinct antiques, food, and flea market sections – is a succession of canopied booths where craftsmen and dealers peddle their wares against a backdrop of vibrantly painted Victorian row houses.

While a mix of grannies and bargain hunters prowl the south end of the market, sifting through silver teaspoons and blown glass snifters in search of that perfect ceramic vase, “it” girls eschew the nearby art houses in favor of Aimé, Darimeya, or one of Notting Hill Gate’s other upscale boutiques.

Further up the road, hungry snackers and early lunchers stroll the middle and northern sections of the market, where the vegan set buys organic produce and meat lovers purchase fresh fish and poultry from country farms.

The northward curve at Ladbroke Grove marks Portobello’s transformation into a trendier flea market, forcing weary shoppers who love offbeat trinkets to decide between vintage designer duds and handcrafted jewelry.

Even though some of its more colorful characters may be more Russell Brand than Hugh Grant, the spirited market and quaint novelties make a trip to Portobello Road Market an easy two thumbs up for savvy shopaholics.

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Tip from Emma:

Be sure to take an empty canvas bag with you to tote your purchases in. It’s not only green, but saves you from having to actually carry ears of corn and apples when vendors run out of bags.

  • Crowd

    Locals, bargain hunters, organic foodies, university students, vintage apparel aficionados, and tourists of all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Street performers, people-watching, and bars with live music. The area is also home to the Portobello Film Festival, the UK’s largest independent film competition.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Many restaurants, cafés, pubs, and food stalls. Stalls are independently run; inclement weather may cause some to close early.

  • Prices

    Free entry. Wares range from inexpensive to pricey.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, summer dresses, sandals.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays to beat the weekend crowds or Saturdays to shop with the masses.

  • Close By

    Among the various eateries and pubs is Hummingbird Bakery (133 Portobello Road), most known for its cupcakes. Notting Hill Arts Club (21 Notting Hill Gate) features live musical performances.

Portobello Road Market User Reviews

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Charming and authentically British
Julia W. Jul 12, 2013
I have been an anglophile since I was a kid and Portobello Road was one of the first London attractions I ever knew about (thanks to Bedknobs and Broomsticks - see previous post). Naturally, I wanted to visit there during my first visit to London... and then every visit since. There is something so very charming about the market, which spans several blocks. I was there most recently just last week, when it was full of tourists and those looking for a good British find. One can find everything from new items, dresses, Beatles paraphernalia, license places, antiques, and jewelry. I had read that there were fruit stands for sure on Saturdays, but I either got distracted by all the colors and characters around me, or there weren't any that day. Nevertheless, Portobello Road is definitely a place to visit for a real English experience (and lots of fun photographs).
Streets where the riches of ages are told...
Samantha O. Jun 2, 2013
I grew up watching Bedknobs and Broomsticks and there is a dominant scene where they go to Portobello Road Market and spend the day looking for a specific book. One of my main goals was to go there myself and experience this awesome market. Sadly the day I went there, it was raining, not many shops were out, and it didn't look like the movie at all. But I wasn't discouraged. I still walked around, sang the tune to myself, and found some cool vintage keepsakes that I will treasure forever.
A must for tourist!
Jonathan T. Apr 21, 2013
This is surely one of the best markets in the city. Less grungy than camden and not as hip as Spitafields, but much more pleasant to explore on a sunny day. It's a treat heading to West London and it's distinct, beautiful leafy streets with white, victorian houses. The diversity of the area comes out during the Notting Hill Carnival, but Portobello street and it's market can be enjoyed year-round. You'll find great street food, fun hippy accessories, plenty of antique stores, and cool little cafes, a great day out!
First place to visit (well second, Piccadilly is the first place to visit)
Ada Elizabeth G. Mar 23, 2013
For those of you who have been living in London your whole life, I can assure you, when you get off the train on a Saturday morning at the beautiful station of Notting Hill, you will have been at least once been bombarded with a lot of tourists asking the same question 'How do you get to Portobello Market?'. You smile, ah yes, the great Portobello Market, one of the greatest places for a tourist. The artists that are selling their work, their happy nature makes the atmosphere ever so great, you can't help but feel happy with how smily they are. You can still find treasures made in England and wonderful crafts and imported items from India and Africa on the outdoor stalls. If it is your visit to London don't miss a chance to experience the fun. On a plus side the street food is second-to-none with freshly made on-the-spot food from around the world so fill your boots and arrive hungry. Portobello Road is the place to be, the diversity of products, opportunities, environment, gastronomy make portobello one of london's iconic sites.
I tell everybody to go here!
Reina B. Feb 20, 2013
I cannot recommend this market enough. I lived in London for a year and kept finding myself returning to the Portobello Market weekend after weekend. If you love being in a bustling environment while eating delicious street food and purchasing unique gifts such as old-fashioned leather soccer balls or clock necklaces, this is the right place. I happen to have an ordinate love for cupcakes, which is what drew me to Hummingbird Bakery, situated right in the middle of the market. If you have even the slightest warm feelings in your heart for baked goods, go this bakery. It will not disappoint. And then... the falafel. I have had many a fried chickpea in my day -- in the Latin quarter of Paris, on the streets of Greenwich Village, in the middle of Jersualem, and nobody's falafel compares to the one I ate at the Portobello Market. Back in the summer of 2011, there were only two falafel shops on wheels. Both delicious and highly recommended! Conveniently, the market is divided up by section. The first block is devoted to antique clocks, furniture, home decor, etc, the next block is all about the food, and the following block sells clothing and accessories. If you want to expand your wardrobe, say -- purchase a new dress, or a piece of statement jewelry, that's where you'll find it. Spoiler alert -- it rains in London! -- but, if you are in the market when the clouds break, you can always seek shelter in one of the many pubs lining the streets. And when you've had your fill or the sun starts peeking out, you can walk a few blocks over and stumble upon a row of international embassies in the district of Holland Park. It's pretty cool to see all the different building styles and architecture, and the subdued environment is a welcomed reprieve from the crowds. Then, if you walk a few more blocks, you'll stumble upon Kensington Palace and Gardens, which is not to be missed. All in all, a visit to Portobello Market can give you a full day's worth of entertainment. Definitely worth checking out!
Vintage Finds & Friendly Folk !
Toria W. Jan 24, 2013
If you're going to visit the Portobello Road Market make sure you give yourself plenty of time and make sure you have cash in your pockets! It isn't expensive but you WILL want everything you see. Every step of the way there are amazing stalls and you can't help but stop at nearly everyone! Leather bags, rings, mirrors and cute as hell dogs hiding under tables... Sadly they aren't for sale! Even if you try to give the trader all the cash you have with you.. Trust me, I tried! The road gets jam packed but surprisingly its enjoyable and unlike those other crowded shopping experiences. Its got such a great atmosphere and such a mix of people. You're going to love everything about it.
Notting Hill
Sam L. Jan 8, 2013
The Portobello Road Market is a great place to wander and get lost. When I went on a uncharacterisitcally sunny day in London I immediately fell in love with two scruffy British guitarists singing Beatles covers on the street. What more could you ask for? The market itself extends a very far down Portobello Road right off the Notting Hill Gate tube stop. Your can find anything from t-shirts, antiques, knick-knacks, produce, restaurants, etc. Of course on the nice days in the summer, it can get hectic with tourists but it's open most days and is definitely worth seeing, if not just for the fact that Julia Roberts fell in love there...
Fun shopping at any time of year!
Christina W. Dec 12, 2012
Portobello Road is a great market, and in some ways reminds me a bit of Eastern Market in Washington DC. They have everything you could possibly want! Produce, art, furniture, clothing, everything and anything! I went at Christmastime, so there were some exciting collections of holiday antiques and items as well. Unfortunately not all the vendors were out, as it was winter (and the holidays...and pretty cold). But my family ended up finding these gorgeous Egyptian-style prints on papyrus that we bought to put on our walls at home. I also bought a necklace and a cute Christmas ornament. It's a very cool market and definitely worth a visit. (And, I must say, I do not think of "Notting Hill." I think of the song "Portobello Road" from the amazing Disney film "Bedknobs and Broomsticks." If you haven't seen it, do so.)
Good flea market
Jody P. Dec 10, 2012
I was visiting friends in London and they took me to the Portobello market. I had a great time! They showed me the door that was in the movie Notting Hill - the scene where Julia Roberts opens the door with no pants on and all the reporters are out front. Anyway, the market has all kinds of weird flea market stuff and some shops selling new stuff. They have street food in one area of the market where everything looks and smells delicious. It is really a fun market.
Best Popular Market in London
Tara R. Dec 6, 2012
Notting Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods in London, and since I probably won’t be living there anytime in the near future, I’ll have to settle for outings. Portobello Market is touristy as hell, but here you don't mind it as much. There are so many languages a-babbling down the street, and the market stalls are as diverse. Starting from the Notting Hill Gate side are a slew of antique stalls with ancient knick-knacks. The market moves into more vintage clothes and cheap stalls territory the further it gets to Ladbroke Grove. The end is the best bit: the vintage clothes aren’t pricey and it’s a bit more down to earth. My favorite market in London by far.
London Culture with a Dash of Tourist Flair
Megan B. Dec 5, 2012
If you want to get a taste of one aspect of London culture while also being able to grab a tourist knick-knack or two, then Portobello Road is a great place to add to your checklist. Even if you are a local, this market is a great place to be and has a lot to offer. It provides an array of merchandise ranging from clothing, accessories, antiques and everyday household items to fresh produce and falafel street vendors, all seeming to be at a discounted price. The best time to attend this affair is on Saturdays when they have the full blown market open. It is a long street with a wide variety of shops so if you like to browse, give yourself enough time to enjoy the character and spirit of this market.
great weekend walk
Hayden F. Dec 5, 2012
this is really fun! a good weekend walk and you can spend all day finding fun shops to look in, food to eat, and people to talk to. also fun to note that the bookstore with the "notting hill" placque is not the real one from the movie... the place that really is is a shoe store down the main road. i was surprised because i didnt really like the things that were in the store down the street. hoever, it was okay because i loved all the little vendors! make sure to try and go in the "off" season regarding tourists if you are a local.
Most eye-catching products
Isabell N. Oct 24, 2012
I was in Notting hill and Portobello Road (close to Tavistock Road) and let me tell you - the food and the vibe was just amazing. Almost reminded me of Amsterdam! :) I could not get anything from Portobello because there was no ATM nearby (so, hint, next time you go, take some cash with you). However, some designers seem to be selling online through their stores on myMzone so, my Christmas bucket is planned. :) If you have a chance to hit Portobello, don't miss it. Go on a saturday - you'll LOVE it. Good time to go --> 4PM - 5PM ---> you'll get good deals on food. Oh and smile a lot! :)
Best deals in the city.
Stephen R. Sep 15, 2012
While studying abroad in London I was always on the lookout for the best deals. That’s what kept me coming back to the Portobello Market. It was my go-to place at least once a week to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables as well as some favorites from home. I found gigantic avocados for a pound each and was ecstatic when I found Boursin Cheese packages that were three for 5 pounds. What a steal! Other than the fantastic deals they offered, the market is a great place to waste a day at. Wander around the many vintage and thrift shops for unique clothing. The food carts and vendors offer a variety of fare from all over the world. I must admit the cart with the lamb kabobs made a lot of money off of me, since I would always stop back for one. Also, you’ll find street performers and artists scattered up and down Portobello Road. If you only want a picture, make sure to have a pence or two handy as some can be demanding of money for the music or art they provide to the public. It is the perfect place to people watch as it is always crowded. Trust me, if you go there once you will definitely be back again.
awesome thrift shopping at portobello
Kira A. Aug 8, 2012
London offers countless awesome street markets, Portobello Market being one of them. This market is especially great because it's open every day of the week, rain or shine (it's under an overhang, so forget the rain!). Portobello offers a variety of food and both new and used goods. If you're looking for a cute sundress, an old record player, or even antique spoons, Portobello is the place to go. I bought a set of 3 Beatles posters at Portobello that now hang in my apartment! Portobello Market has food stalls and a number of sit-down restaurants so whether you're on-the-go or have all the time in the world, there's a place to suit everyone's fancy!
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