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.
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.