Portobello Road Market

Notting Hill

One of my favourite places in London is Notting Hill, especially Portobello Road. I like the little antique shops amid the more touristy novelty shops. And this is a place where you can still find all sorts of odd things you never knew you needed… Of course, old signs may add something to your home decor, especially if you’re into that quirky British style. Door knobs, on the other hand, might be more practical. Chloe Alberry sells the most amazing door handles and cabinet fittings. Whenever I pass the shop I always wish I had some sort of an old chest of drawers to make over… But I’m not a crafty person, and I think it’s important to know my limitations. 

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Portobello Road market

The Portobello Antiques Market on Saturdays is a treasure trove for anyone interested in old posters, books, porcelain, glassware, silver, or jewellery, or perhaps just interesting items or bric-a-brac. 

Portobello Road market

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Trading starts quite early, around 9 am the latest, and the early bird catches the best bargains… However, prices tend go down a bit as traders prepare to leave late in the afternoon. Even if you’re not planning to buy anything, it is easy to spend hours just browsing the various market stalls. But I doubt you leave empty handed… I certainly never seem to manage that.

Tiina

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19 Comments

  1. Bonnie Rose
    June 10, 2014 / 11:32 am

    Loved going here with my family last summer, great photos! Thank you for linking up. x

    • Tiina L
      June 10, 2014 / 7:07 pm

      I just love your link-up! So many interesting stories…

  2. Sammy Dorn
    June 10, 2014 / 11:47 am

    The one time I went to these markets it was so rainy (surprise surprise), so I didn't get to browse as much as I would have liked. Will have to head back. Thanks for linking up!

    • Tiina L
      June 10, 2014 / 7:04 pm

      Well, it almost always rains… I think I've sort of resigned to the fact that I need a separate (rain-proof) wardrobe for Britain…

  3. Camila
    June 10, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    Nothing Hill looks like such a beautiful and quirky place! I'm really sad I never made it out there!

    • Tiina L
      June 10, 2014 / 6:59 pm

      Well, that's a good reason to go back…

  4. Food, Booze, & Baggage
    June 10, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    Looks like a fun way to spend the morning and maybe find something quirky for the house! I love walking through little markets like that.

    • Tiina L
      June 10, 2014 / 7:12 pm

      They have real antiques vendors there. But there is also more touristy stuff, like photos (of Notting Hill) etc.

  5. Julie Arthur // alonewithmytea.blogspot.com
    June 10, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    That looks like my kinda place. I'd spend hours browsing!

    • Tiina L
      June 10, 2014 / 6:59 pm

      Me, too! And There is so much to see, and nice coffee shops, too.

  6. Van Berry
    June 10, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    I've heard so many great things about Portobello and seen so many great pictures of it that this will be one of the very first things (after the Harry Potter studios) that I'd visit if I ever make it to London 😀 thanks for sharing!

    • Tiina L
      June 10, 2014 / 7:53 pm

      Then you should also check out Camden market… More bohemian, just as interesting.

  7. Rosy
    June 11, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Oh, I dream of visiting London and its vintage markets someday … No vintage flea markets where I live. I enjoyed your pics on this post, thanks for sharing this. Have a wonderful week, dear Lady.

    • Tiina L
      June 13, 2014 / 8:04 am

      London is definitely worth visiting, especially if you're into vintage.

  8. Anonymous
    June 12, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    Such great finds. I would love to browse through this market!

    • Tiina L
      June 13, 2014 / 8:06 am

      It's a fabulous place. There is a jewellery shop nearby that is just amazing, I'm going to do a post on it in a few weeks (I had to write a separate post on that one as there were so many photos…)

  9. Amy @ Amy and the Great World
    June 13, 2014 / 12:55 am

    I was so bummed we didn't make it to Notting Hill while we were in London. I've vaguely heard of this market but I had no idea how fabulous it was for vintage finds!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tiina L
      June 13, 2014 / 8:09 am

      It's very difficult to find the best places to visit, especially if it's your first time somewhere. That's why I love going back to my favourite locations: you already know the place, therefore you know if a restaurant is good, or where to find bargains…

  10. Anonymous
    June 13, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    You know, I used to live in this area many years ago but I just didn't make the most of being so close to this market because I hadn't really realised till later just how much character it has! I love you have captured it in your photos and it's making me want to go back there in an upcoming weekend!

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