- 1 Portobello Market in London – SUPER FUN for film and market lovers
- 2 Eat up at the Portobello Market in London
- 3 The Inside Scoop
- 4 World Schooling Fun Facts – teaching your kids as you travel!
- 5 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
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Portobello Market in London – SUPER FUN for film and market lovers
Portobello Market in London. I’ve wanted to head there ever since falling in love many moons ago with the movie Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. I’ve longed to see “The Travel Book Store” (or at least the location they used as Hugh Grant’s down-at-heel book shop. It’s located at 142 Portobello Road, and is now a Shoe Shop after incarnations as an Antique Arcade and then a Furniture Store) AND that famous Blue Door that was the front door of Hugh Grant/ William Thacker’s unkempt flat. (The 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).
As a market lover too, I couldn’t resist. Portobello Market in London is currently one of the Top 10 tourist things to do so we were in good company.
But is the Portobello Market in London kid-friendly? As a whole I’d vote no. It’s too busy, and the stalls are mostly antiques, clothing, and old wares. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, as my mother always says. And so, with the two boys, AND Roam the Gnome in tow, we took a gamble on my Notting Hill dream quest.
The Portobello Market in London is roughly divided into five sections:
- Secondhand goods – Golborne Road to Westway
- Clothing/fashion – Westway area
- Household essentials – Westway to Talbot Road
- Fruit, veg and other food – Talbot Road to Elgin Crescent
- Antiques – Elgin Crescent to Chepstow Villas
Eat up at the Portobello Market in London
Did I see the Blue Door? Unbelievably, no. 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. Ned and Jack shared a banana and whipped cream crepe and in return, I managed to find and purchase a few souvenirs including the tiny clip purse I use to this day. Take a peek at the crepe-making above in the quick you-tube clip.
I would say that Portobello Market in London is a must-see London destination for adults. Next time, I’m going alone (or with an adult friend) and I will see that elusive blue door!
The Inside Scoop
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- The main market day is Saturday. Friday is the 2nd busiest day.
- The antiques market is beginning to pick up speed about 8.30 – 9am on Saturday.
- Avoid the crowds by arriving before 11am.
- The market is open until 7pm.
- Entry is free.
- Bring enough cash as once you are here, you won’t want to be ploughing through crowds to find the closest ATM cash point.
- Phone: 020 7727 7684
- Portobello Market in London Website
- Disembark on the corner of Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road. (less than 10 minutes from the Hyde Park area.)
By Tube – the easiest way
- 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.
- 7, 12, 23, 27, 28, 31, 52, 70 & 328. Ask your driver where to disembark.
- Parking is difficult until 1.30pm. We say avoid coming by car if you can help it.
Location and Map
- Address: Portobello Road London, Greater London W10 5TA
World Schooling Fun Facts – teaching your kids as you travel!
- Portobello Market in London is the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible.
- The film Notting Hill was 95th on the British Film Institute’s “list of the all-time top 100 films”, based on estimates of each film’s British cinema admissions
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
Not great with the kids. Too busy. But without them? Make a day of it.
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