Portobello Road Market : Revisited

As you might have guessed, I love browsing markets. I’ll even brave the crowds at Portobello Road to scour for some lovelies. (You can see another post I wrote on the market last year here.) And yes, Portobello Road might cater towards tourists more than other markets but that doesn’t mean that you won’t find some really cool things for sale, especially vintage pieces. 

If doesn’t help that “Portobello Road” from “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” gets stuck in my head all the time. I’ll just leave the chorus here with you all: 

“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.”

While I love the famous colourful buildings of Portobello Road, I’ve never idealised it as a place to live in London. (Although if someone just handed me the keys I certainly wouldn’t say “no”.) Yes, there’s so much going on in Notting Hill and it is beautiful, but fighting this level of foot traffic every weekend isn’t my idea of fun. 

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West London is probably the area in London that I am least familiar with and this summer I’m setting my mind to exploring it more. 

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  • We are is lucky in London to have so many great markets, aren’t we? I have to admit, that I have always found portabello too touristy, as you said. But seems like there are still some gems there πŸ™‚

    • Totally lucky! Agreed- it might be aimed more at tourists now a days, but that doesn’t mean that a)you won’t have fun or b) you won’d find something great! x

  • The those colors! I wish we had more markets here, I miss spending sunny weekends browsing markets for hidden treasures.

  • I love a good market and this looks like a great one! Lots of beautiful colours, lots of things to take photos of and the sun came out…yipppe! xx

    • It’s perfect to take photos of! Especially when you’re lucky enough to be there when the sun comes out! x

  • As soon as I saw the blog-title I started humming that song from bedknobs and broomsticks – love that movie! Thinking I may have to watch it this week…

  • Portobello is lovely but I’m there with ya – I always wonder how annoyed people in those beautiful Easter egg colored houses on the side street get with people constantly taking photos on their doorsteps! (I call it the Instagram street, hehe)

    • Right?! I’d be kinda worried about my safety too if my house number was all over the internet, showing what a gorgeous place it was! x

  • the houses remind me of rainbow row in Charleston, SC πŸ™‚ but I’d have to agree it looks like a better place to visit than to live.

    • Yes, definitely- another commenter pointed that out as well! (I do really love Charleston though and would be happy to live there too!) x

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I always sing the song from Bedknobs and Broomsticks when I go there!!

    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • I totally forgot about the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks until you mentioned it. I used to love that! (Perhaps time to see if I can watch it online somewhere!)


    PS ace photos lady! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • This looks like SUCH a cool place! So jealous!

  • If you come out to Chiswick, let me know! I’ll be happy to take you around! πŸ™‚

    Notting Hill was a contender for us since there was a good school there we were looking at having Lexie attend, but (luckily) it was a Saturday when we went out to visit and we were able to see just how crowded it gets in the area and it was an instantaneous no for us! Chiswick has been perfect – so glad we chose to settle here.

    • I have friends who live n Chiswick and absolutely love it and I’m so ashamed to say I’ve never visited them at home. I’ll have to remedy it soon! x

  • “…it is beautiful, but fighting this level of foot traffic every weekend isn’t my idea of fun.” You took the words right out of my mouth. I love visiting Notting Hill, but each time I do, I think to myself “Man, I’d lose my mind if I had to deal with these crowds on the regular.” You caught some lovely images! Did you take home any amazing finds?

  • It reminds me of Rainbow Row in Charleston! I love the bright and happy colors.

  • I always wanted to make it out to Portobello Road Market but never got the chance!

  • Agreed, agreed! And as I kid it seemed so crazy to combine live action and cartoons! x

  • I love Portabello Road market. Your photos always make me miss London so much. πŸ™‚

  • Waah the jewelry pieces look amazing! I would go nuts there!!

  • Oh, I adore Portobello Road too, it just that it takes so long to get there from Greenwich. They have an amazing little vintage themed lingerie and corset shop tucked away somewhere. I got my waist down to 22 inches without even trying! Didn’t but it because getting dressed every morning shouldn’t be a two man job, but so much fun to try.

  • Wow talk about amazing

  • Your post makes me want to visit Portobello road market. It is so peaceful and beautiful with a lot of lovely goods. I also like the colourful buildings.

  • I live down the road from Portobello Market but I dislike crowds so never go there! Haha. Portobello Road on non-market days are my favourite. So many great shops and places to eat. Love it!

    Alex x

  • I think of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, too! When I went to Portobello Road, I thought the “beware pickpockets” sign was funny and a little unnerving

    • They are all over London now, so I barely even think about them. (I’m ashamed to admit that, a bit!) x

  • I just adore the pastel houses on Portobello road, they always draw me in!

    Annabel β™₯
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Let me know if you ever need a tour guide! Happens to be my neck of the woods – I’ve been luck to find a quiet, not too touristy section of it πŸ™‚

  • I’m not a huge fan of crowds either so I definitely feel your pain! x

  • Oh I am so in love with the colors of this place! I love colorful markets, it makes everything so lively and fun to walk around and see.

  • Elle

    So lovely! Reminds me of Notting Hill!