PICK FROM A PLETHORA OF ANTIQUES AT PORTOBELLO ROAD MARKET
Although you can find everything from fruit and veg to vintage clothing at Portobello Road Market, it is most famous for its antiques section – the largest antiques market in the UK. Immortalised in films such as Notting Hill and A Hard Day’s Night, it is busiest on Saturdays.
Portobello Road Market, 306 Portobello Road, London W10 5TA. Phone: 020 7361 3001
Of London’s many street markets, Portobello Road Market is perhaps the most famous. It’s appeared in films as diverse as Notting Hill and the 1971 musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and it’s as much a part of London’s identity as the Houses of Parliament are. Today, it’s best known for its antiques and fashion markets and as the thrumming central hub of the Notting Hill region. Thousands of visitors flock here every day to explore its shops and stalls, browsing for everything from antiques to designer jewellery, vintage fashion, and more.
Before the 1940s, Portobello was much like many of London’s markets and mostly sold food and essentials. But towards the end of the Second World War, the market attracted more “rag and bone” men, selling all manner of goods. These were joined by diverse traders bringing antiques and bric a brac, and gradually the market became known as a place where you could pick up almost anything, though it became best known for antiques.
During the 1960s, the Notting Hill region became strongly associated with the best-known bands of the era and, though it might be hard to believe today, an edgy bohemianism that went hand-in-hand with the music and artists of the 1960s. Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones lived in a flat on Powis Square, a few minutes walk away, while The Beatles, who moved to London in 1964, immortalised the street in the film A Hard Day’s Night. Before you visit Portobello Road, check out just how many times it’s appeared throughout British culture, from the classic ’Stones movie Performance to the Donovan Song “Sunny South Kensington”.
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