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Portobello Road Review

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

Updated: 02-27-2014

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