All this time here in London and, despite my love of markets, which has been well documented on this blog, somehow I hadn’t made it to the big Portobello Market in Notting Hill. It’s not particularly easy for us to get to from our part of London, which is the main reason for this.
So on Saturday we headed north of the river and into the land of candy-coloured houses and rows of stalls selling antiques, handmade goods, tourist tat, food, and more.
We wandered for a good long while, enjoying extended stops at an antique map shop, the hipster mecca Stumper & Fielding, an antiques sporting goods shop, and a hat stall.
There’s quite a variety of goods for sale. Antiques, yes, but not nearly as many as I expected. There were a lot of American tourists, so there’s also a fair amount of stalls selling cheap London souvenirs; plus you’ll find food, a large vintage clothing section, and a surprising number of Rastafarian hats.
In the end, I came away with a belly full of falafel, a hat (English-looking, not Rasta), and these handmade cuties:
If you’re in London, I recommend it for a nice wander and some souvenir shopping. If you’re a hard-core antiques hunter, I can’t give you any real feedback on this. But if you like exploring markets like I do, Portobello Road makes for a pleasant half-day excursion.