Today I am excited to visit one of the most famous markets in London – Portobello Road Market. After a few months in lockdown, the market is open again and people slowly return to the place that offers: vintage clothing, antiques, fruits and vegetables and more. Portobello Road Market presents different perspective of London. People go there to experience the taste of the past presented in the modern environment. The perfectly polished silverware and the old books and toy soldiers are only a few of the wonders you can find. Watch the entire video to see how the trade is going and if the market is working in full capacity.
I would like to introduce to you the following information:
- Market opening times
- Market location and how to get there
- What you can find on the market?
Portobello Market opening times
Portobello Road market is open every day of the week.
- Monday: 09:00 – 18:00
- Tuesday: 09:00 – 18:00
- Wednesday: 09:00 – 18:00
- Thursday: 09:00 – 13:00
- Friday: 09:00 – 19:00 (Antique stalls)
- Saturday: 09:00 – 19:00 (Main day)
- Sunday: Closed
Portobello Market location and how to get there
Address: London, Portobello Road, W11. Getting to Portobello Road Market is quite easy, because of its central location. You can use London Underground services or the well developed bus links. If you choose the train option, the stations you can get off are:
- Ladbroke Grove on the Circle and Hammersmith & City line (4 min walk)
- Notting Hill Gate on the Circle, District and Central line (10 min walk)
- Westbourne Park on the Circle and Hammersmith & City line (8 min walk)
If you prefer to go overground and take a bus to see more on your way, then here are some of the buses which stop closest to the market:
- 7,12, 23, 27, 28, 31, 52, 70, 94, 328 & 452
The Portobello Road Market is certainly the largest antique market in the world. Years ago the market was not that impressive. In the first years it offered the usual goods like fruits and vegetables, essential food. We can still buy these things today. The difference is that after 1940s more and more traders joined the market and started trading antiques. As a result nowadays mentioning Portobello Market most people recognize it especially for its unique antique items. We can find so many of them on the multiple stalls, which are spread all over the full length of the Portobello road. This is approximately 1.8 km.
For instance, in the early years of its formation, the market was operated mostly by working-class people trying to earn money. After that in 1980s it became more fashionable business. Locals visit it every week, but tourist also flood from around the world to experience the authentic atmosphere. They buy send-hand clothing pieces, household items.
What you can find on the market?
Portobello Road is a home for one of the best markets, where you can browse and choose: antique silver cutlery, glassware, old books, second-hand clothing, unique jewellery, fruit & veg.
In addition there are plenty of posh restaurants. They suggest that the neighborhood is no longer working-class only, but has evolved into a desirable location for residence. You can find delicious street food and snacks inspired by different countries. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and wander around this colourful area. There is something for everyone’s taste. Between the many restaurants are also nice small boutiques, where the fashion lovers can find amazing and very stylish outfits.
In conclusion I would recommend the market to everyone who visits London. Portobello Road Market is special and distinctive. You can not compare it to anything else you have or will see.
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