Looking for second-hand junk, sixties fashions and fabulous antiques? Then catch a tube to Portobello Road and peruse the shops and stalls in London’s longest market. You might even spot a famous face!
The street market dates from 1870 when traders gathered to sell their horses. By 1929 it had grown so large that London’s authorities were obliged to grant it a street trading licence.
Portobello Road market gained worldwide fame after World War II when an antiques fair set up stalls near Westbourne Grove. It is reportedly the largest antiques market in the world – with over 1,500 traders on any given day.
There is always a very broad range of goods on display – from cheap and cheerful knick-knacks, to items costing many thousands of pounds.
If you’re looking for fruit and veg, then travel north to Elgin Crescent. Second-hand clothes and off-beat items can be found beyond the Westway.
Jewellery, paintings and ethnic clothing can be found near Notting Hill Gate. But generally speaking, the further north you go, the worse the stalls become.
Here is a list of some of London’s most popular markets:
|Location||Wares||Days of the week|
|Brick Lane||Flea market||Sun|
|Columbia Road||Flowers, plants and garden equipment||Sun|
|Greenwich||Antiques, bric-a-brac, clothes and food||Sat–Sun|
|Spitalfields||Organic foods, gifts, crafts and clothes||All but Sat|
|Awful 0%||Poor 0%||Okay 100%||Good 0%||Great 0%|
The famous Portobello Road Antiques Market From Portobello Road Notting Hill