Portobello Road Market, London

If you adore the idea of a vibrant city market radiating old school charm and products galore then Portobello Road Market is your idea of shopping heaven.

A cultural hub for lovers of fashion, food, books and music the market is a popular pull for tourists and London-based trendsetters alike looking for a great bargain or a unique item to add to their wardrobe or home.

Portobello Road started to take form around the 1850s with stalls around the area to fulfill the needs of new residents who moved to the majestic terrace houses in the road. Straight after the First World War in 1945, rag and bone men – who collected unwanted household items – began setting up stalls and selling second-hand goods and antiques kick-starting the now world-famous Portobello Road Market.

Nearly 150 years old the market on its busiest days can stretch for a mile along Portobello Road past colourful mid to late-Victorian houses and round the corner into Golborne Road.

The nearest tube stations to the market are Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill Gate. The market is only a short distance away from Paddington Station and can be accessed by an express train service from the station, which takes less than 15 minutes. From Paddington tube station the journey is less than five minutes to Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove tube stations.

The market opens 9am every morning until 6pm from Monday to Wednesday, until 1pm on Thursday and until 7pm on the two busiest days of the week, Friday and Saturday.

On Saturdays, antique fans can diligently peruse the maze of kiosks to find a gem or two in the products from specialist dealers.

A market that exudes character, energy and a love of a good buy, Portobello Road is a unique experience that provides a different and sometimes more fulfilling shopping trip compared to Oxford Street.

The road at the heart of Notting Hill will inspire you to find your inner fashionista and discover a world of goodies at the various independent shops lining this incredibly famous street.

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