London’s Portobello Road Market is one of London’s best known markets, partly as a result of featuring in a certain Notting Hill-featured film, but mostly as the market’s featured wares are so dynamic, as you move from the antiques of the Notting Hill end, the stalls change to display food such as fruit, vegetables, cheeses, crepes, meats, cakes and breads; on then to clothes, both second-hand, new and designer, when finally you find yourself looking at antique military memorabilia at Ladbroke Grove. Quite a journey.
Open: General: Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat 8am-6.30pm, Thur 8am-1pm; Antiques: Sat 5.30am-4.30pm
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Portobello may have lost a slice of the luster that it retained in the past but it is still one of London’s hippest. Stretching for a large part of Portobello Road, expect a lot of clothes, music and antiques. The bonus of Portobello is that the shops running alongside it all become part of the fun.
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One of the world’s biggest antiques markets; Portobello is dedicated to the trade of old goods every Saturday. As well as a range of stands there are antique shops dotted along the street, which join the market in selling anything from leather chesterfield sofas to rare collectibles. With over 1,000 dealers you’re bound to find something you like.