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An Antiquer’s Guide to Portobello Market

Portobello Market is the best place to shop for antiques in London. The roots of this street market were laid down in the late 19th century and grew alongside the building of houses and other businesses. 

Rag and bone men became a regular sight following the end of the Second World War. Other traders followed suit and over the coming decades, the antique market was established.

Guests of hotels near Central London can enjoy browsing the world’s largest antiques market every Saturday in the West End. 

Where is Portobello Market?

Portobello Market is located on Portobello Road and the surrounding streets in Notting Hill. 

The antiques stalls are located on Southern Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove.

Portobello Green is the nucleus for bric-a-bac and clothing. Golborne Road and the “Middle of the Market” are where most of the food stalls are located. All of these streets are within walking distance of one another and it’s easy to navigate your way around. 

The closest London Underground stations are Ladbroke Grove (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) and Notting Hill Gate (Circle, District and Central lines). 

When is Portobello Market open? 

Portobello Market is open six days a week: Monday through Saturday.

Fruit and vegetables are the focus of the markets on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. You will also find some bric-a-bac vendors. 

Thursday is devoted to new goods and household wares. It attracts more of a local scene although it’s quite handy if you’re staying locally in hotels near Central London and realise you’ve forgotten essentials. 

Friday sees the arrival of antique dealers who come out in full force on Saturday. Saturday is the busiest day and the best time to visit Portobello Market for antiques. It opens at 8:30 am and tends to peak by noon. 

Portobello Road Market is closed on Sundays. However, there is excellent shopping in the neighbourhood.

Takeaway food is available all days of operation, Monday through Saturday. The best day to buy street food is Saturday. 

How to pay for items at Portobello Road Market

Cash is the preferred method of payment at Portobello Market. More and more vendors accept payment by credit or debit card, especially for high-value items. 

It’s wise to take cash and carry a card as back-up. There are ATMs to withdraw cash locally. Set a budget before you go to the market to avoid blowing your holiday budget. 

Where to stay near Portobello Market 

Paddington and Bayswater are the best neighbourhoods to stay near Portobello Market. Paddington is ideal for Heathrow connections while Bayswater is equally well connected and quiet. Our three boutique hotels near Central London are located in this part of the West End.

From here, you can take a short Tube or bus ride to Portobello Road. It’s also possible to walk there through the peaceful backstreets in around 30 minutes. 
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