As the song lyrics suggest, Portobello Road has long been the “street where the riches of ages are stowed”. And, that is still true today. Choose hotels near Portobello Road Market to browse the stalls and shops for top vintage finds, from antique furnishings and books to retro fashion and music.
Portobello Road holds the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling their wares. If you enjoy a good rummage and like to haggle for your finds, then this market should be top of your list of things to do in London. Head here on Saturdays for the antiques market with the main section near Notting Hill tube station. Wander around the stalls, shops and arcades and you’ll find treasures dating from BC to the 1960s, including glassware, books and other collectibles. We recommend arriving before 11.30am to beat the crowds and bag the best bargains.
If you’re more interested in refreshing your look rather than your home, Portobello Green Market is your best bet. You’ll find an eclectic mix of vintage and fashion stalls here Friday to Sunday. On Saturdays you can pick up new fashion pieces by independent designers, while Fridays and Sundays are better for vintage clothes and accessories.
When you get peckish, pick up a perfectly iced cupcake at The Hummingbird Bakery, devour a freshly-made sandwich at Roly’s Café, or fill up on pie and mash at Cockneys. Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver has moved into the neighbourhood so foodies can head to his cafe and cookery school Recipease to try out their skills. And, if they’re lucky you’ll meet the man himself. Book yourself into a class and you could be rustling up some Mexican street food, perfecting your sushi dish or filleting a fish with skill.
While you’re in the area, look out for the blue door featured in the film Notting Hill. Many scenes from the film (starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant) were shot in the area. Big film fans will enjoy the Notting Hill Film Tour, during which you’ll visit famous locations used in the film. Feel like a movie star and book a luxury hotel near Portobello Road to make the most of your London stay.
Notting Hill draws in millions of visitors every August who flock here to see the colourful spectacle that is Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival. Check out the parade of floats, colourful costumes and tempting Caribbean food stalls as you dance the night away.