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Published October 16th 2012
At Notting Hill's heart
One of London's most popular destinations is the Portobello Road Market. Made famous from the Hugh Grant starrer Notting Hill, the market is throbbed by tourists and Londoners alike. On Saturdays, the road running across the length of Notting Hill is also home to the world's largest antique market.
One can easily find tourists flocking with their cameras, trying to look for the blue door and other spots from the movie. To Londoners however, it is a good opportunity to relax and unwind with a walk, browsing through the reasonably priced goods and second hand clothes.
However, you must bring someone with a high ranked haggling skill along with you. The shops in the street market are unlike any Supermarket and would take you for a ride unless you know to work your way down with the prices.
People have often spotted some exceptionally rare antiques on display, and it is needless to say, that the market attracts attention from around the globe. However, if you are in a mood to shop here, make sure to bring along some cash, as not every shop welcomes the privileges of a card.
The closest tube station is Notting Hill Gate, and the market is about a 10 minute walk from there. This is one market which sells everything, from paintings to sign boards, and from bags to shoes. There are also a couple of good street food stalls and coffee shops along the market run. The Hummingbird Bakery is quite famous for its cupcakes, Roly's Cafe in Portobello Green and Ottolenghi on Ledbury Road are also popular eating joints. However, my personal favourite is the 'Sun In Splendour' pub, the last stop on your way back after a heavy day of shopping, and a perfect setting to rest your bags and that aching back for a view of the entire road, over a pint and some real fresh, piping hot wedges.
We would recommend this to everyone, irrespective of individual tastes, as a must see part of London.