Portobello Market is an antique and knickknack heaven, the shops and market stalls which line the street offer pretty much everything for the home and your wardrobe.
I decided to make a trip over there as I thought it would be a great starting point to finding some vintage-style china for my charity afternoon tea. My one tip is to go feeling calm, patient and in the mood for a leisurely afternoon rummage. It was made famous by the film Notting Hill and it’s a tourist hotspot in London, so you need to be prepared to walk at a slow pace and negotiate crowds.
I’ve been a couple of times and never properly looked around, I usually have a brief look and just enjoy my surroundings. When you are looking for something, you really realise just how much is on offer, jewellery, clothing and all sorts of antiques, silver, china and leather. There are shops, market stalls and antique galleries, providing so much to look at you won’t be able to see it all in one trip. As for pricing, the vintage style china varied from fairly cheap(£5) to ridiculous (£150!). I found the stalls outside the antique markets and galleries were cheaper and more willing to make a good offer.
Apart from the interesting and varied things on offer, one of the other things I like about Portobello Market is Portobello Road itself. I love the candy-coloured buildings, there’s a nice atmosphere and a good few intriguing bars, cafes and restaurants. It’s one of those places you could go back to again and again and still find something new.
You may have noticed the brilliant photos provided by the talented photographer Dan Worth. If you’d like to see more photos of Portobello Road, check out his website. You can keep up-to-date on all his most recent work via his blog. He’s got a lot of other great photos on his website so I’d recommend taking a look around. Check out the contributors page to find out a bit more about the man behind the lense. I’m looking forward to seeing what other great shots he can share!
Do you have a love for Portobello Market? Had some great finds? Comment below!