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Portobello Road

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Updated 02/27/2014

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Looking for a 19th-century snuff spoon? Perhaps a Georgian salt cellar? What about an original 60s-era mini-dress? Then head to Portobello Road's famous Saturday market. Arrive at about 9 am to avoid the giant crowds. Stretching almost two miles from Notting Hill, the Portobello Market is actually made up of four sections, each with a different emphasis: antiques, fresh produce, household goods, and a flea market. The antique stalls are packed in between Chepstow

Villas and Westbourne Grove, where you'll also find almost 100 antiques shops plus indoor markets, which are open on weekdays when shopping is much less hectic. Where the road levels off, around Elgin Crescent, youth culture and a vibrant neighborhood life kicks in, with a variety of interesting small stores and food stalls interspersed with a fruit-and-vegetable market. On Friday and Saturday the section between Talbot Road and the Westway elevated highway becomes one of London's best flea markets, specializing in discounted new household goods, while north of the Westway you'll find second-hand household goods and bric-a-brac. Scattered throughout, but especially under the Westway, are vendors selling a mishmash of designer, vintage, and second-hand clothing, together with jewelry, custom T-shirts, and assorted junk. There's a Trinidad-style Carnival centered along Portobello Road on the August bank-holiday weekend, a tribute to the area's past as a center of the West Indian community. For more on Portobello Road, see

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Portobello Road, London, W11 3JZ, England

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Updated 02/27/2014

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By Wayne

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Nov 8, 2006

"What you want or need, is not always what you get"

Portobello road is an amazing place full of different things at different times of the week, Fruit and veg is much cheaper early in the week(when locals shop) The local picture house show great movies and the pubs especially the smaller ones are a great place to chat to locals or a young visiting royal from europe (as I found) The 'treasure market'is realy for people that like looking at old things, both the stall holders and the contents. I went

looking for a wind-up noddy tin car and was sent from place to place winding up back at where I started,but, I got more infomation in that hour than you could get from a week of reading. Add to all of this the flee market of t-shirts etc which is a great place to buy your gifts for friends at home ($3-tshirts etc)I love just walking through the set of Notting-Hill! Just love it

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By Nick

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Jul 25, 2006

Portabello No

This market (yes over crowded past 10am) is tack. Can't be bothered to look at Antiques (but if that's your thing...). Fruit and Veg sellers bringing their overly loud obnoxious manner from East London are best avoided. Failed art students with their cheap hippy eco-friendly cultural slant on clothing should be sold only on gypsies in fields in Dorset. I can walk through the whole market in 15 minutes and not see one thing of interest (now that

the mushroom stalls have closed down as they have been made illegal). Admittedly, it's more of an attraction for women, they seem to love it. Can't immagen why, when the only thing they seem to pick up is an impulse purchase of a small bag of beeds to make into earings. I headed down last Saturday, a year after I had last been, even though I live 10 minutes walk away. And was as pointless as before, I just couldn't beleive I bothered. Though did have a nice walk non the less as it was at 8:30am. Portabello is much better when the market isn't in place and you can enjoy the pubs, restaurants, cafes and atmosphere once the fruit and veg men have got back to Hackney. Nice road, shame about the market... no matter what the Notting Hill film wishes to tell you.

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By Pamela

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Jul 4, 2005

Not at all like in the movie "Notting Hill"

What a big disappointment. Overpriced, crowded, tourist-trap. Go to Bermondsey Market on Friday, much better items, dealers are friendly, and an overall better time to be had.

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