INSIDE: The Pocket Guide to Portobello Market Food in London with Kids. Updated 2019.
I’ve wanted to head to Portobello Markets ever since falling in love, many moons ago, with the film Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
That busy market road, filled with fruit & vegetable sellers, street food stalls, and posh antique dealers, speaks to my artists soul.
I’ve also longed to see “The Travel Book Store” (or at least the location they used as Hugh Grant’s down-at-heel book shop) and THAT famous Blue Door, the front door of the unkempt flat where William Thacker’s (Hugh Grant’s character) lived .
With kids in tow, we set off on an adventure to Notting Hill markets in London to see what we could find.
- 1 Portobello Market in London – SUPER FUN for film and market lovers
- 2 Visiting Portobello Market Notting Hill
- 3 Portobello Antiques Market
- 4 Eating at the Portobello Food Market in London
- 5 Notting Hill Market Food video – Portobello Crepes
- 6 More Portobello Markets Food Options
- 7 Still hungry? Food Shopping at Portobello Road Market
- 8 A Roundup of Portobello Market Days
- 9 Interesting facts about the Notting Hill Movie Locations
- 10 Frequently asked questions about Portobello Markets London
- 11 The Inside Scoop – Getting to the Portobello Market Food Stalls
- 12 Portobello Market Hours
- 13 How to get to Portobello Market Notting Hill
- 14 Portobello Market Map
- 15 Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Portobello Market in Notting Hill
- 16 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN Things to Do with Kids in LONDON?
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Portobello Market in London – SUPER FUN for film and market lovers
As a market lover, I couldn’t resist the busiest Portobello Market Saturdays.
Portobello Market in London is one of the Top 10 tourist attractions in London to visit, and arguably the most famous London markets, so we were in good company.
And so, with the two boys, AND Roam the Gnome in tow, we took a gamble on my Notting Hill dream quest and started wandering.
But is the Portobello Market in London kid-friendly?
As a whole, I’d vote no.
It’s too busy for toddlers in London, and the stalls are mostly antiques, clothing, and old wares, so there’s not much of interest to kids of any age in my experience. The odd toy but nothing specific, or worthy of my money. We try to avoid plastic junk.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way, as my mother always says.
Visiting Portobello Market Notting Hill
Portobello market is a full street market with stalls from Westbourne Grove, all the way up to, and along Golborne Road.
The Portobello Market in London is roughly divided into five sections on a Saturday market in Notting Hill.
- Secondhand goods, furniture, bric-a-brac, street food stalls – Golborne Road to Westway
- Clothing, fashion, vintage bags, scarves, pashminas, London souvenir t-shirts – Westway area
- Household essentials and cheap everyday necessities (socks, batteries, plastic toys) – Westway to Talbot Road
- Fruit, veg and other food – Talbot Road to Elgin Crescent
- Antiques – Elgin Crescent to Chepstow Villas
If you’re google mapping it, start at Notting Hill Gate station, head north on Portobello Road, do a left turn at Westbourne Grove for the antiques area and loop back to Portobello road, then continue on north on Portobello Road, past the Westway A40 to the stalls on the other side, all the way to Golborne road.
There’s so many things to do in Portobello road for people who like to shop and people watch.
Portobello Antiques Market
Portobello Market in London on Saturdays is the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible. The Antiques arcade is open for business.
Westbourne Grove between Portobello Road and Kensington Park road is the place for antique stalls in London on a Saturday. (Southern Portobello road).
The main Antiques section is near the Notting Hill tube station. You’ll find:
- glass and crystal
- books and maps
- silver, pewter
- jewellery, cutlery
- vintage ornaments
Portobello Green (and North Portobello) past the Westway A40 is the spot for new fashion, some vintage clothing and accessories, and collectables
(Hot tip: there’s more focus on vintage clothing here on a Friday)
Portobello Market Notting Hill is also famous for the Portobello road mushroom, and the elegant Portobello road gin.
Eating at the Portobello Food Market in London
Did I see the Travel Book Store facade at 142 Portobello Road?
The combo of a stroller, and swarms of people was not good for my film location scouting mission.
Portobello Market in London did, as I suspected, prove to be too much – too loud, too busy, and too uninteresting for my two, but we did have a little win with our find of the Portobello Crepe stall.
The best thing about our trip to Portobello markets with kids was seeing, and eating, all the food!
Are you wondering does Portobello market have food?
The answer to the question “is there food at Portobello market?” is YES.
Food. Good food.
Go with an empty tummy.
Notting Hill Market Food video – Portobello Crepes
Take a peek at the crepe-making above in the quick youtube clip.
Ned and Jack shared a banana and whipped cream crepe.
Once they were fed, I managed to find and purchase a few souvenirs from the market stalls lining Portobello road, including the tiny London-themed clip purse I use to this day.
More Portobello Markets Food Options
On Friday and Saturday, Portobello Road Market is the place for hot food stalls and London streetfood.
- Indian curries and dhal, flat breads, roti
- LOTS of Spanish Paella options
- Good ol’ British Fish and Chips (wrapped up in newspaper)
- Potato twists on a stick
- Fresh fruit cups
- Chicken kebabs
- Fresh crepes
- Caribbean jerk chicken, pork and beef
- fresh baguettes and bruschetta
- crusty pizza with melty cheese
- Italian spaghetti, creamy pasta
- German sausages including bratwurst
- homemade churros with chocolate dip
- North African street food stalls
- smoothies and fresh fruit drink
This is the Portobello Kids area!
Still hungry? Food Shopping at Portobello Road Market
There’s iconic London market stalls at Portobello markets, just like you see in the film, including fish mongers, seafood sellers, and cheese stalls
Pick up your favourite foods for a London picnic.
- fresh bread, breadsticks, sourdough loaves
- fresh blueberries and strawberries
- fresh fruit – grapes, figs, avocados, apples, pears and oranges
- English baked goods including pasties, spinach pies, vegetable pies, croissants, tomato quiche lorraine, feta triangles, cheese and onion pasties, focaccia,
- oils and olives, capers, dolmades
- gourmet cheese – feta, ricotta, stuffed capsicum,
- smoked meats, salami, prosciutto Italian dry-cured ham, smoked salmon
If you are looking for good London souvenirs, and want to know what to buy at Portobello market, why not take home a selection of sealed bottled goods?
Hot tip: Don’t miss the baked goods.
You can eat:
- delicious cakes including carrot cakes with buttery icing
- apple strudel
- fresh chocolate cream eclairs
- sugared donuts
- cinnamon buns
- British eccles cakes
- cardamon buns, and vanilla buns
A Roundup of Portobello Market Days
Saturday is the main market day for antiques in Portobello road, and to feel and be amongst the Portobello Notting Hill market vibe and atmosphere.
Friday is the second busiest day. Head to Golborne Road and the middle of the market for London street food stalls.
Visit on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all day (9am to 6pm) to hang out with the London locals buying up their fruit and veg. Golbourne Road is the place to buy hot food.
Thursday is a half day, only open from 9am to 1pm.
The Portobello street market is closed on Sundays, and public holidays.
Shops and cafes in Notting Hill are open 7 days a week.
What is the best day to go to Portobello market? We think Friday for the full market experience but with slightly less crowds.
Interesting facts about the Notting Hill Movie Locations
The film Notting Hill sits at 95th place on the British Film Institute’s “list of the all-time top 100 films”, based on estimates of each film’s British cinema admissions.
The shopfront transformed into the Travel Book Store in the Notting Hill Film is located at 142 Portobello Road Notting Hill, and is now a London Souvenirs Shop, after incarnations as an Antique Arcade, a Furniture Store, and a Shoe Store!
Ironically, the success of the movie boosted the prices of the houses and soon after the shop rents skyrocketed, so shops don’t seem to last long…
The famous blue door can be seen at 280 Westbourne Park Road just nearby. When Notting Hill was filmed, this address was the real life home of screenwriter Richard Curtis, but now it’s privately owned, and the original door was auctioned off.
The current owners have once again painted it blue, to keep everyone happy!
Frequently asked questions about Portobello Markets London
Are there Portobello Markets Sunday?
There’s no Portobello Sunday street market on a Sunday but you can visit Portobello Green for a vintage clothing market with a bit of bric-a-brac thrown in.
What are the Portobello market prices like?
Food prices are fair, although definitely on the upper side. Fruit and vegetables are reasonable, which is why the locals shop here.
Prices for vintage clothing, antiques, and bric-a-brac are more expensive than you’d find elsewhere in London, because they cater to the tourist market. Haggle a little.
How do you eat Portobello mushrooms?
Or, How do you know when Portobello mushrooms are done when pan frying them?
Or, Why are Portobello mushrooms always sold with the stalk removed?
I’ve no clue. You’ll have to ask the stall holder and let me know when you find out.
The Inside Scoop – Getting to the Portobello Market Food Stalls
Address: The Portobello Market address is Portobello Road London, Greater London W10 5TA
Telephone: 020 7727 7684
Website: Click here
- Entry is free to the Portobello Rd London markets.
- Bring enough cash as once you are here, you won’t want to be ploughing through crowds to find the closest ATM cash point.
Portobello Market Hours
The Portobello market open hours are as follows:
- The Portobello Market London hours start officially at 9am.
- At these famous markets in London, the main Portobello antique market day is Saturday. Friday is the 2nd busiest day.
- The antiques market begins to pick up speed about 8.30 – 9am on Saturday.
- Avoid the crowds everyday by arriving before 11am.
- The market is open until 6pm Monday to Wednesday, 1pm Thursday, and 7pm Friday and Saturday
How to get to Portobello Market Notting Hill
Portobello Road Market Notting Hill is 3 kilometres west of Marble Arch. It’s easy to get from anywhere in London by tube or road.
The Portobello market tube station is Notting Hill Gate station. This is the closest station to Portobello market. See below for details.
By Tube: Take the tube to Notting Hill Gate Station which is on the Central, Circle and District lines, and follow the crowd for a walk of about 5 minutes.
By Bus: 7, 12, 23, 27, 28, 31, 52, 70 & 328. Ask your driver where to disembark.
By car: Parking is difficult until 1.30pm. Avoid driving at all cost. Take public transport.
By Taxi: Disembark on the corner of Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road. (less than 10 minutes from the Hyde Park area.)
Portobello Market Map
Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Portobello Market in Notting Hill
Not great with the kids. Too busy. But without them? Make a day of it.
I would say that Portobello Market in London is a must-see London destination for ADULTS and teenagers in London.
Next time, I’m going alone (or with an adult friend) and I will see that elusive blue door!
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