Portobello Road Market
Portobello road, Portobello road
Street where the riches of ages are stowed.
Anything and everything a chap can unload
Is sold off the barrow in Portobello road.
You’ll find what you want in the Portobello road
Portobello Road from the Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Portobello Road opening times
Portobello Road is the world’s largest antiques market, running almost the whole length of trendy Notting Hill, parallel with Ladbroke Grove. Apart from antiques and a fantastically eclectic selection of objet d’art, Portobello Road is also a London Attraction for the panoply of second-hand clothing sold there. The market is only fully open on Saturdays with antique shops and fruit and veg stalls dominating for the rest of the week.
Portobello road rose out of the Victorian era around 1850 – prior to this it had just been a track linking Kensal Rise in the north and Portobello Farm in the south. Shops and markets appeared as working class businessmen catered to the needs of the surrounding wealthy in the crescents and terraces of nearby Bayswater, Paddington and Notting Hill. Locals also found work as messengers, coachmen, tradesmen and servants. The opening of Ladbroke Grove Station in 1867 saw rapid development of the northern end of the road, and the disappearance of its last field under the weight of bricks and mortar.
Today it’s not only the market that draws people to Portobello Road, but also the diverse local community that gives the area a flavour all of its own and gives life to the meandering architecture of Notting Hill, filling myriad pubs, gastro-pubs, restaurants, clubs and bars. Local residents groups are in locked in constant battles with developers to keep large supermarkets and department stores out of the area, in a bid to maintain its unique character.
Portobello Road has always had artistic links with many writers and bands basing themselves here at one time or another, whilst it has often provided inspiration for material. Portobello Road is featured in the 1971 Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks, with much of the action talking place here – although it was all filmed in studio and not on the street itself. More recently (1999) the Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts romantic comedy Notting Hill brought visitors flooding to the area trying to find the ‘famous blue door’ only to find it doesn’t actually exist. George Orwell moved to Portobello Road to begin a self-imposed period of hardship after resigning his commission in the Indian Imperial Police, while Paul Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello takes place here. The Market is also referred to in the song Blue Jeans by Blur - "Air cushioned soles, I bought them on the Portobello Road on a Saturday.." and by Dire Straits in Portobello Belle.
Portobello Road Market Opening Times:
Monday - Wednsday: 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 13:00
Friday & Saturday bric-a-brac and antiques : 09:00 - 19:00
Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith and City Line), Notting Hill Gate (District, Circle and Central lines)
By Bus: Routes 7,12, 23,27, 28, 31, 70, 94, 328 all stop in or near the market