Portobello Market is one of London’s most notable street markets with its vibrant array of antiques, 2nd hand ‘vintage’ clothes and fruit + veg stalls. The World famous Portobello market was a sheer delight yesterday in the early Spring sunshine. Reggae played from the hookie CD stalls and the smell of bratwurst filled the air from the (pop-up) Farmers market under the Westway.
There will always be a special place in my heart for Portobello Market and Notting Hill as it’s the first neighbourhood I ever lived in when moving to London. Portobello Road is not only recognised for the street market which pops up every Friday and Saturday, the community surrounding Portobello Road, the pubs, restaurants and eccentric residents contribute to the undeniably bohemian, progressively cosmopolitan, energetic atmosphere.You can pretty much buy anything you need on a Saturday from 2nd hand bicycles, fresh foods, amazing vintage clothing, jewellery and an abundance of antiques for the home. The market began as a fresh-food market in the 19th century; antiques dealers arrived in the late 1940s and 50s, and now have a substantial number of them trading mainly on Saturday mornings. It is said to be the largest antiques market in the UK.
I was so excited to see the first blooms popping up in the park under the Westway, just off to the side of the main market area. Summer on Portobello road is a dream, the area really comes to life and hosts the annual Notting Hill Carnival which is worth experiencing at least once in your life. The Notting Hill Carnival has been an annual event since 1964 each August, over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the day beforehand). It is led by members of the West Indian community, particularly the Trinidadian and Tobagonians British population, many of whom have lived in the area since the 1950s. The carnival has attracted up to 2 million people, making it the second largest street festival in the world after the Rio Carnival held in Brazil. I have been going to the Carnival every year for the past 5 years and it’s a whole load of fun.
After walking around the market we sat and had a lovely coffee and slice of cake at one of the local cafe. If you get chance to spend a Saturday in Notting Hill I would highly recommend it. You can see some really fabulous images of Portobello Road during the 1950’s HERE, looks like it hasn’t changed all that much. I spotted quite a few young gals wearing their best 1950’s frocks yesterday.
Style never goes out of fashion.
The Fabulous Times