A walk down Portobello Road Market, a photo essay

Posted on 14. Jun, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Photo Posts, United Kingdom

Popular with the tourists and locals alike, Portobello Road Market is a bit of an institution in London. Held every Saturday, rain or shine, it holds everything from vintage jewelry to quirky memorabilia and cheesy London souvenirs. No matter what you are looking for, you are guaranteed to find it at Portobello Road Market.

Entrance to Portobello Road Market

Once you have walked by the beautiful series of colorful homes, icons of the Notting Hill neighborhood, you will be entering the absolute chaos that is the market on a Saturday morning. If you are not a fan of crowds, it might be best to save your visit for another day!

portobello road market photos

portobello road market photos

The beauty of the market is that you can find anything and everything there. From quirky souvenirs to incredible vintage treasures to tasty treats. Further North, there is a good dozen food stalls from which you can taste the veggies of the day followed by a French crêpe and amazing wines. The perfect way to end a somewhat exhausting morning spent haggling and navigating through the crowds!

If you have the courage to go through this stack to find the perfect piece for you…

Another British classic

I like visiting the market even when I have no intention of buying anything. It’s a very entertaining place and a photographer’s heaven!

Quick facts:

  • The market has been opened for almost 150 years now.
  • The busiest day is Saturday because of the antiques market, but the shops are open every day of the week except Sunday.
  • Closest tube stations: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove
  • Countless movies have been shot in or inspired by the market, starting with the famous Notting Hill.
  • The market is split in three sections: antiques, food and secondhand/vintage clothing.

Have you been to Portobello Road Market? What’s your favorite kind of item to buy? Are you a good haggler?

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17 Responses to “A walk down Portobello Road Market, a photo essay”

  1. Italian Notes

    27. Mar, 2012

    Love your photos and esp. the record collection.

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  2. Laura

    27. Mar, 2012

    Lovely photos. I especially like the one with the old cameras. :)

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  3. J’adore!! I also love the cameras AND spotted some nice purses in the background in the 2nd shot … me going there could be dangerous! Belle job!

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  4. Francy R

    27. Mar, 2012

    Love Portobello Market, When I lived in London I used to go there every saturday morning to pick up different amazing stuff! Ypur shots reflect exactly the “soul” of this market. I love the lasrt one in black and white

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  5. Laurence

    27. Mar, 2012

    Ah, Portobello Road. Forever seared in my memory by multiple childhood watchings of Bedknobs and Broomsticks :D Less disney like in real life ;)

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  6. Andrea

    28. Mar, 2012

    I’m definitely checking this out next time I’m in London - I still haven’t had a chance to check out Notting Hill!

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  7. Ayngelina

    31. Mar, 2012

    This was one of my favourite neighborhoods in London, nice photos.

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  8. Erin

    01. Apr, 2012

    In all my trips to London, I’ve never been to Portobello Road Market…next time, next time.

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  9. Andrew

    01. Apr, 2012

    I so wanted to go a few years ago when I visited a friend of mine in London for Christmas, but the timing just didn’t work.

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  10. Jeff Titelius

    04. Apr, 2012

    I’ll take some French crêpes please! Great photography my friend…such vibrant close-up shots really convey the “market” atmosphere! Thanks for this stroll through the market!

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  11. cheryl

    29. Apr, 2012

    I have never been outside of the airport in London as of yet and my god, I’ve love to visit this market. I have a feeling that I’d part with a lot of my hard earned cash.

    Really pretty photos! :)

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    • Marie

      14. May, 2012

      I feel like you’d have a lot of fun at the market, and if you haggle a little bit, you could probably get away with pretty sweet deals too :)

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  12. Savannah

    10. May, 2012

    Love these photos! I haven’t visited this market - but really looking forward to the day I do!

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  13. Sofie

    02. Nov, 2012

    Notting Hill and Portobello Road in particular are great. I remember lookign at all those small colourful houses and thinking: “That’s where I want to live”.
    I had a delicious cupcake from The Hummingbird Bakery at Portobello road, but that’s about the only thing I bought when we were there. Maybe a good thing, since I’m not a very good haggler (learned a new word here! :-)).
    We also had lunch at this nice Italian place in a street parallel to Portobello Road, but I’m afraid I’ve forgotten the name…

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