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January 12, 2010
San Francisco, California
January 22, 2006
From journal London Trip
August 3, 2005
From journal London
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
August 2, 2005
The prices are definitely inflated, but if you know what you are looking for, you just might get lucky – I saw an antique handmade christening gown that I know would fetch a fortune on eBay (couldn’t convince hubby, so couldn’t buy – sigh). We did find an old map print of Asia circa 1610 AD and haggled it down to 10 pounds. That’s the other thing--always make a counter offer, and if you are doubtful, we were told to politely ask ‘may I make an offer?’.
From journal It's the tower bridge, all you tourists!
by captain kait
Houghton, New York
July 11, 2005
Antiques are by far the most popular wares at this famous market, but there is plenty, from food to fashion, for all interests. The film "Notting Hill" showed the wide variety of goods and the strange mix of people available at the market. Portobello Road Market is divided into sections, beginning with antiques at the top of the street as you are walking down from Notting Hill Gate. Look up, and you'll see signs that tell this progression and highlight the section you are currently browsing. The whole market is laid out along this one street and stretches quite a ways. As you're walking, stop to see the sidestreets in the beautiful neighborhood of Notting Hill. It is a decent and pretty walk from Notting Hill tube stop (just follow the signs and the people), but Ladbroke Grove will drop you away from the antiques section but closer to the actual market. Even if the antiques are out of your price range, this market combines old and new, displaying the heart of London culture.
From journal Semester in London
March 23, 2005
From journal Three Weeks in London
by Nicola Six
London, United Kingdom
September 5, 2003
Those in the know come here on Friday. Saturday can feel swamped with too many tourists. The best route is to take a tube to Notting Hill Gate and follow the slipstream of people through the array of antique stalls, down past the fruit-and-veg sellers and under the bridge where you’ll begin to smell the mothballs. Don’t miss out on the fantastic Golborne Road, a little further along and off to the right. Vintage clothes shops coexist with Middle Eastern cafes and bric-a-brac is strewn along the pavement. Take a glass of mint tea and watch the strange world of West London go by.
From journal Notting Hill Billies
St. Paul, Minnesota
October 23, 2002
The further north you go, the market changes. It switches from antiques to cheap souvenirs to a fruit and vegetable market to, at the very end, a flea market full of even more crap. Its fun and funky, however, and it fascinated me the variety that presented itself. It is possible to get a deal, but don't expect one. The adage "Buyer Beware" is very true here.
From journal London - My Kind of Town
July 29, 2002
However the main reason for going to Portabello is to experience the relaxed yet lively atmosphere. The Portabello Road is about 2 miles of smalls shops and people selling stuff directly on the street.
You can find antic furniture of a very high quality, clothes both new and second hand, CD's and a lot of different suveniers.
If you are in Notting Hill it would be a shame not to visit the Portabello market.
From journal A romantic stay in London
April 29, 2002
Starting at the southern end of the road, closest to Notting Hill itself, and running up to Elgin Crescent is the Antiques Market open Saturdays from 8am until 5pm. It bills itself as the world's largest antiques market and with over 1500 dealers occupying shops, street stalls and covered arcades it's hard to disagree. There is much trading that goes on between the dealers themselves kicking off around 5.30 am every Saturday morning so there are few real bargains to be had but they all sign up to a code of practice which means everything sells for a fair price.
The next section of the market, between Elgin Crescent and the Westway is the fruit and veg market open Monday to Friday from 9am until 6pm half-day closing on Thursdays at 1pm and an Organic Market on Thursday from 9am until 6pm. Here you can find a whole variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers from the domestic to the exotic, it is also here that you are most likely to bump into the local residents out to do their weekly shop. Dotted around this area are a handful of stalls where you can pick up a bite to eat, with choices including German hotdogs, Thai curries and French crepes.
Finally running from the Westway over on to Goldbourne road is the Flea market open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am until 6pm. It is here that the market first leapt to fame after WWII with its ecclectic collection of bric-a-brac, curios and junk proving an incredible draw during the depression years. Searching the jumble of cracked crockery, out-dated electrical equipment and worn-out clothing I defy you to find anything you could possibly want and as the market turns onto Goldbourne Road, in the heart of London's Morrocan community it even becomes impossible to find anything you could possibly identify.
A wonderful, if somewhat crowded, place to while away a Saturday afternoon, with a great sense of community between the traders, ask around and someone will be able to point you in the direction of a stall specialising in Russian dolls or magnifying glasses or pith helmets or whatever else it is that you want.
From journal Notting Hill: My London Home