One of my most favourite things about London is its markets; it’s easy to while away hours and hours on a weekend rummaging around stalls, finding yourself a bargain, or simply sitting al fresco at a café watching the world go by. This time of the year – when the days start to elongate and Spring is just around the corner is prime time to visit. The diversity of our London markets means there is something for everybody, but my favourite has to be Portobello Road – which translates from Italian as “Beautiful Road”. It’s nestled in one of the trendiest areas of London –Notting Hill, it’s a hotspot for tourist and visitors flock from all over the world.
Although it is predominantly known as an antiques market with over 1000 dealers, Portobello is open to everyone, you can buy yourself a kilo of oranges as well as a vintage Rolex watch. It is loosely split into 5 sections: clothing, household essentials, fruit and veg and the largest part – antiques and it stretches over a few different roads. There are plenty of pubs along the route to quench your thirst, and sate your hunger, you could even try their very own Portobello Gin, distilled locally!
Up until the 1940s, Portobello Road market was like many other London markets and mainly sold food and other essential items, still being sold today. However in the 1940s, ‘rag and bone’ men started selling their wares and were soon joined by other traders specialising in brick-a-back and antiques and this part of the market grew to what it is today. Saturday is the best day to visit.
Davis Brown Estate Agents in W1 have sold and let in this area including properties in Hereford Road, Moorhouse Road and Hatherley Grove. It truly is a fabulous place to live with pretty tree-lined streets, you will never be short of things to do, plus transport to central London is quick and easy!