Shopping in Portobello and Golborne Road

Portobello Road is probably the world’s best known market, and is nearly 150 years old. Though famous for antiques it’s also a haven for lovers of fashion, food, books and music. It’s the place for anyone who wants to find something really unique or just loves a great bargain. Surrounding Portobello market are lots of unique independent shops. It’s real London with loads of character, a melting pot of people from all over the world, treasure and bargains to discover.
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Since dealers began moving into Portobello Road in the late 1940s, Portobello market has been famous for its antiques. It’s still the place to come whether you’re a serious collector or just browsing. On a Saturday, with all the stalls, arcades and shops open, literally hundreds of antique traders have their wares on sale. (There are a few antique street stalls here on Fridays, but most antique dealers sell only on Saturdays.)

Since dealers began moving into Portobello Road in the late 1940s, Portobello market has been famous for its antiques. It’s still the place to come whether you’re a serious collector or just browsing. On a Saturday, with all the stalls, arcades and shops open, literally hundreds of antique traders have their wares on sale. (There are a few antique street stalls here on Fridays, but most antique dealers sell only on Saturdays.)

Roccco Newsagent (just next door to the Grocer on Elgin) has all the international papers and magazines you could ever hope to read.

Roccco Newsagent (just next door to the Grocer on Elgin) has all the international papers and magazines you could ever hope to read.

If you need inspiration cross over to browse in Books for Cooks in Blenheim Crescent (there’s even a cafe in the back of the shop).

If you need inspiration cross over to browse in Books for Cooks in Blenheim Crescent (there’s even a cafe in the back of the shop).

One-of-a-kind vintage haberdashery stall in Portobello Road market between Cambridge Gardens and Oxford Gardens.

One-of-a-kind vintage haberdashery stall in Portobello Road market between Cambridge Gardens and Oxford Gardens.

Habac - every Friday on Portobello Road and Saturday in a Harris Arcade booth. There are around a dozen antiques arcades in Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove between Chepstow Villas and Elgin Crescent. They’re like Doctor Who’s Tardis – much bigger on the inside than they look on the outside – each one crowded with individual dealer booths, and only open on Saturdays.

Habac - every Friday on Portobello Road and Saturday in a Harris Arcade booth. There are around a dozen antiques arcades in Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove between Chepstow Villas and Elgin Crescent. They’re like Doctor Who’s Tardis – much bigger on the inside than they look on the outside – each one crowded with individual dealer booths, and only open on Saturdays.

vintage cameras in Portobello Market

vintage cameras in Portobello Market

vintage Christmas ornaments from Portobello Market.

vintage Christmas ornaments from Portobello Market.

Antique Frames stall in Portobello Market where the antiques section is running from Westbourne Grove to Elgin Cresent.

Antique Frames stall in Portobello Market where the antiques section is running from Westbourne Grove to Elgin Cresent.

Peter Foster's Children's Books stall between Oxford Gardens and Golborne Road

Peter Foster's Children's Books stall between Oxford Gardens and Golborne Road

mid-century in Portobello Market - on the section near the Spanish school - just past the flyover on the way to Golborne Road.

mid-century in Portobello Market - on the section near the Spanish school - just past the flyover on the way to Golborne Road.

Look who's coming to Westbourne Grove.....

Look who's coming to Westbourne Grove.

One of the handful of independently run bookshops left. Wonderful to browse.  Very informed staff. Just across from the Kitchen and Pantry on Kensington Park Road and Elgin Crescent (Portobello).

One of the handful of independently run bookshops left. Wonderful to browse. Very informed staff. Just across from the Kitchen and Pantry on Kensington Park Road and Elgin Crescent (Portobello).

Selling wonderful homewares, bags, stationery and gifts, Pedlars’ varied stock ranges from pieces produced here in Britain to vintage items from across the globe. Now the shop has a small cafe too. Serving the excellent  coffee in , along with amazing bread and viennoiserie from Balthazar Bakery, avocado on toast, bruschetta, and lots more besides.

Selling wonderful homewares, bags, stationery and gifts, Pedlars’ varied stock ranges from pieces produced here in Britain to vintage items from across the globe. Now the shop has a small cafe too. Serving the excellent coffee in , along with amazing bread and viennoiserie from Balthazar Bakery, avocado on toast, bruschetta, and lots more besides.

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