Portobello Market is a must for anyone looking to enjoy some retail therapy while staying in London.
The main market day is Saturday when a whole host of antiques are up for grabs, but there are many food stalls that sell fruit and vegetable throughout the week.
New goods are sold on Thursdays, while the fashion market runs from 9am to 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Of particular interest may be the stalls selling items from up-and-coming designers, with many top names having started out in the same way over the years.
However, it may pay to get there a little earlier, to avoid the crowds and get the best bargains of the day.
It is worth noting that the market is only open from 9am to 1pm on Thursdays.
The stretch of Portobello Road between Chepstow Villas and Elgin Crescent is where you’ll find the famous antiques section.
Overall, the market area is around 940 metres long and has developed into a vibrant shopping destination for those looking for something different and not widely available.
One of the great advantages of the market is that it is easily accessible via public transport.
The nearest London Underground station are Ladbroke Grove on the Hammersmith & City Lines and Notting Hill Gate, which is on the Central, Circle and District lines.
For those who prefer to travel using buses, there are plenty of services that go to the correct area – look out for 7,12, 23, 27, 28, 31, 52, 70, 94, 328 & 452 buses, which all stop at or near the market.
Other options include a train into Paddington Station – around a 25 minute walk away from the market.
Once you have finished shopping, the area is also home to a number of great eateries, with a whole host of cuisines on offer.
You may prefer to spend some time checking out the various street entertainers who flock to the area, including musicians, living statues and dancers.