Portobello Road, London’s renowned antique street, is a central location for anyone wanting to do some shopping in London, whether it be for vintage clothing, kitchen wear, fresh fruit, posters or antiques. Having an enormous variety of things to buy and explore Portobello offers a perfect day out in London whereupon everything needed to have a pleasant day is located there. From the bustling street stalls that emerge on weekends to the antique fairs below street level, this street boasts some of the best features of London. An unlimited amount of food to chose from such as the Jamaican burgers or the refined dishes in the wine bars provide innumerable possibilities for a meal and the Electric Cinema offers a luxurious way to watch a movie. A truly magical experience, this street is definitely worth seeing.
Join the hustle and bustle on the weekends
Taste a piece of Jamaica at Boom Burger
Browse for treasures in the antique marketAnother aspect of the market which is a definite must-see are the antique stalls that open inside burrowing tunnels along the street. Winding passages, crammed with all kinds of antique bits and bobs can be found here. Art dealers can be found here haggling over prices and debating authenticity while others carry out thorough inspections of clocks, paintings and silver spoons. Many antiques here are not worth looking at but similarly to the stalls outside, there are always treasures to be found at reasonable prices. Even if visitors are not interesting in buying, it is still worth going down to these hidden market places to see the vast amount of art on sale.
Wind down at the wine barPortobello Road also has a numerous amount of wine bars, a particularly good one is the charming, red “Negozio Classica” which has an excellent selection of wines to taste. Also a restaurant, it serves divine light meals such as plates of charcuterie, a selection of bruschetta or smoked fish. The scarlet façade and small chairs and tables outside give it a charming and comfortable atmosphere while the wall of wine bottles inside and the smiling waitresses make it a perfect place to relax in the evenings. The service here has also been flawless whereupon the staff is more than willing to suggest wines to accompany whichever snack has caught your eye. Perhaps not a place to go for travellers on a tight budget but it is absolutely perfect for any wine-lover or anyone looking to escape the busy crowds to wind down.
Lounge in a luxury cinema
Enjoy the countless opportunities along this charming road
The amount of things to do along Portobello Road are countless and an infinite amount of bakeries, cupcake shops, cheese stores, cafes, secondhand bookstores still wait to be seen and explored. Unique places such as sock shops, vintage stores and the vinyl cafe are only a few of the things to see. The highlights of Boom Burger, the buzzing stalls, wine bars and the cinema promise the ingredients to an unforgettable day and is worth visiting despite this road being the backdrop to the film “Notting Hill”. Unfortunately, the street has also been crowded by numerous tourist stalls with some misleading ornaments for sale but authenticity can still be found here if you know what to look for.
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