Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road Market
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Portobello Road is probably the world’s best known market. Though famous for antiques, that’s not all there is. It’s a haven for lovers of fashion, food, books and music; anyone who wants to find something unique or loves a bargain. It’s real London with real people, loads of character and treasure and bargains to discover. We hope you’ll visit soon.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • syl_via
    Singapore55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice place to do some shopping
    went early in the morning at about 9am+ but there are quite a number of traders that aren't open yet. so if you wanna get the full experience, reach slightly later but not later than 12pm because that's when the crowd will start to increase. but i felt that there are a lot of repetition across multiple traders, like they are selling the exact same thing, for example reusable cotton tote with "notting hill" wordings etc.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Elize S
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely experience
    Such a lovely market! One long street with food, jewellery, watches, cameras, and more. We spend 4 hours here, there is just so much to see and the vibe is amazing. Recommend going early, it gets really busy in the afternoon. The colourful houses next to the market are a great picturespot.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • chrissyDerbyshire
    Whaley Bridge, United Kingdom829 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad I did it.
    I keep coming back to London every once in a while even though it is a 5 hour bus trip each way, keep ticking bits off my to do list. This market was one of those. I spent about 5 hours there last Saturday, 4 would be enough. I soaked up the atmosphere and made a few purchases. Much of the market on a Saturday is second hand / antique/ bric a brac just so you are aware. I did haggle and I did get a bit off at each stall. It became very busy after lunch but having been to Hong Kong night markets we were ok with that. 99% of stall holders were very professional and friendly, one or two were not. I saw someone being screamed at for taking a photograph that they just happened to be in as they were probably just photographing the street scene. Another stall holder was very offended that a disabled couple touched a coat! (I think they were just having a look at it as the stall holder appeared too busy to help them because they were talking to a friend). Perhaps these people should take on board that no one actually has to come here and they should be grateful for the business .Maybe these people who were very rudely spoken to might have bought something? These 2 incidents we witnessed are the only reason for 4 stars rather than 5. Everyone we came into contact with were lovely. The public toilets are situated mainly at points where you cross the road (down steps) The food area with music / bars was probably the most extensive and diverse food market we have come across in the UK and possibly worth a visit in it's own right. Overall we had an amazing time, even finding a nice little Italian restaurant for lunch.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • SwissLux
    Lugano, Switzerland823 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Portobello Road - Where Charm Meets Monotony
    If you're a fan of the bustling market atmosphere with a dash of London charm, then Portobello Road might be on your radar. But let's break it down because this is a street of highs and lows that deserves a more nuanced look. First up, kudos for staff friendliness. From antique sellers to baristas in the cafés along the street, the hospitality is genuine. If you need directions or a tip on where to find that vintage gem, don't hesitate to ask. Now, let's talk quality: this is where things get a bit more complicated. The market offers a wide range of products, but honestly, the quality is hit or miss. From hidden treasures to items that are more knickknack than noteworthy, it's a real treasure hunt. So, if you're a bargain hunter, brace yourselves for a journey requiring both patience and a discerning eye. Finally, the less exciting side: repetitiveness. After a while, it feels like you're walking past the same stalls over and over. A bit more variety wouldn't hurt, especially if you're in search of something genuinely unique. In summary, Portobello Road is an intriguing yet flawed stopover. I'd rate the experience a solid 3 out of 5. It's the go-to place if you're looking to immerse yourself in quintessentially London vibes but with the caveat that you may not walk away with a purchase you're truly proud of.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Alex
    66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit Portobello Market
    Portibello Market is great! I spend some time talking to the market people and they come from all over the world. Very interesting and you can buy lively stuff especially the hairpins. Those you can't find anywhere. Well, its just worth while to see it and buy something crazy you don't need hahaha. Then get lunch or diner at the Brasseria (if I remember the name well). They serve fine Italian food. Have fun!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Sanaz M
    Vancouver, Canada25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The largest street market I've been to in my life
    This was largest street market I've been to in my life. It covers so many streets and offers so many things. From old records, to antique furniture, to clothing, to jewelry, there is something for everyone. Make sure you bring enough cash and ways to carry your purchases, because you're destined to buy something, or take something with you from this beautiful, unique place.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Tammyjd1
    Colchester, United Kingdom132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Anniversary weekend
    Absolutely stunning place. The market is fantastic and has everything you could possibly want. The atmosphere is great, stall holders very happy and friendly. By far the best market I've ever been to will be back soon
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Bertie1224
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,422 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic street.
    Lots of different market stalls selling a variety of things from food to clothes. Not especially market prices but it is London. It’s a fascinating place to take a stroll whilst singing Portobello Road….! Lots of little shops open along the road too which are worth a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Coco Sommer Christensen
    Hobro, Denmark18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cozy and unique
    Very nice and cozy market, lots of antiques and special items. Unfortunately also a lot of tourist-stuff, but definitely not as much as other places. I’m going again next time, and planning on having more time to explore more
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 December 2023
  • Yemna Y
    New York City, New York1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit Lot59 under canopy!
    Portobello road is magical not for just the food but the vibrant vintage clothing. Coming here on my own you feel a sense of community although you don’t even live there or know anyone. I’m a vintage clothing fanatic so stepping to the clothing under the canopy was my dream. Overall amazing place to visit but you can’t not go there and not see the clothing particularly ‘Cat’ at “lot 59” such gems there following all aesthetics whether y2k or grunge you’ll find it there with the amazing price ( not like the other stalls)which was just the cherry on top. She’s so happy and serves every one of her customers with a great conversation. Thank you ‘cat’ and will 100 percent go to her stall again in future. Thank you Cat,again!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 December 2023
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Joanna De Jesus
177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We came in around 2pm on a Saturday and it was SO WORTH IT!! Bought items that I wouldn’t have been able to find anywhere else!! Beautiful quirky off the beat items!!! I am so happy we came and didn’t listen to the naysayers who also said that it would suck because it was raining! We also had food from the food stalls and it was delicious!!! Portobello Road Market is a must visit!!
Written 8 July 2023
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Vassiliki G
Greece60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
when in London everybody should experience the long walks ,various tastes and the crowded streets full of life and laughter that Portobello Market offers.
10’ minutes on foot from Bayswater where we were staying.
The whole mood and the atmosphere in this area is like of another era ..shops with antiques,paintings,secondhand clothes, vinyl records from all over the world, international cuisine stalls, fresh fruit and vegetables, excellent pastry shops...all of them superb.
There is a south African man cooking and selling delicious paella, made in front of your eyes. We all enjoyed it a lot !
It’s the place where you can eat, love and enjoy yourself. Don’t miss it.
Written 19 March 2020
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Thanks so much for the five star review :) @visitportobello
Written 30 March 2020
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Neil B
Montreal, Canada161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Four of us visited the Portobello markets and I was once again blown away with the variety and sheer size of the market. Almost anything one can expect from a market is at Portobello. The Notting Hill Gate UG station provides easy access The the market area. Highly recommend.
Written 1 January 2020
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ziggy_camp
Memphis, TN604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Portobello Road was my favorite market in London. It is a mile long booth-market that sold antique rings, clocks, hats, records, and food. I was able to spend an hour at the market, but it was not enough time because of how big the markets is. I would suggest planning to spend the entire morning here.
Written 17 March 2020
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Thanks so much for the five star review :) @visitportobello
Written 30 March 2020
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Bluebellknoll000
Edinburgh, UK461 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
A great experience, if you haven’t been before, but not sure if I’d go twice. It is very busy on a Saturday and, while there are some nice stalls, there is also a lot of over-priced tat. The second hand clothes shops that line the market are astoundingly expensive for clothes you could get in a normal charity shop for under £20-30. 345 Portobello Road is a fab vegetarian cafe that’s not on here. That saved the day, because the food was amazing!
Written 25 September 2022
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karenshaerf
Greater London, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
The Vintage Fur Garden I visited at Covent Garden last time I bought fur in London, but now they have moved to a beautiful shop at 82 Portobello Road, Notting Hill. I loved them at C.G. but now they have an even bigger selection of gorgeous fur coats and jackets, vintage and modern, classic colours and bright colours. I went to some other shops down the road and none of them had the quality or the choice of designs. I still highly recommend this shop if you are looking for any type of sustainable winter clothing.
Written 18 April 2022
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syl_via
Singapore55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
went early in the morning at about 9am+ but there are quite a number of traders that aren't open yet. so if you wanna get the full experience, reach slightly later but not later than 12pm because that's when the crowd will start to increase. but i felt that there are a lot of repetition across multiple traders, like they are selling the exact same thing, for example reusable cotton tote with "notting hill" wordings etc.
Written 2 September 2023
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oHaus
Montreal, Canada221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
A labyrinth of surprises and joie de vivre. Notting Hill carnival is one of the few events worthy of hiring a wardrobe designer for . They shut it down last year . They're going to have to work for their prohibition on Notting Hill Carnival this year. It isn't over yet ;)
Written 6 July 2021
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LisaEstella
Adelaide, Australia1,090 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Hubby and I went on a weekday morning and there was just a few junk stalls of cheap clothing that were setting up. Empty streets. I bought a scarf because it was cold. Saw the Notting hill book shop which is now a souvenir shop. I wouldn’t bother unless you are passing through anyway. The nice surrounding neighbourhoods are sweet.
Written 3 November 2022
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Frank S
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Fun to walk around. The food stalls are good, and the colorful houses of Nottinghill are cute. I’d say the Cambon market was more my speed, but this one is still a must. But all the “vintage clothes” from both markets are very over priced. A shirt that would be $1 in an American thrift store is $30 at these markets lol.
Written 19 November 2022
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