The other day, when we were in Notting Hill, I snapped a few pictures of the Portobello Road, where one of the most famous markets in London is held on Saturdays. It was not a market day, and the customarily overcast London skies did no favors for the quality of the shots, but here are a couple of them nonetheless. As always, click on the pictures to enlarge.
Market or not, the stores along the street were open and touting their wares. We couldn’t help but browse.
Where are the mushrooms?
The tourists ate them ages ago.
Seriously, I don’t know where Portobello mushrooms take their name from, but the street’s name originated with an 18th-century naval victory somewhere in Panama, near Puerto Bello.
Have you been there at the weekend though? No cars, loads of people, tourist looking for the Blue Door from Notting Hill, drugs..you name it. You can get some good deals shopping there. I like to visit the cheese stalls, bread stalls and look for antiques. I haven’t been there in awhile.
For another great market to visit food wise, have you been to Borough Market? In the Veg aisle there is a huge man that sings opera and he’s really good. Take a trolly or carrier bags if you visit because I would bet you will not leave empty handed.
Yes, we’ve been there during market days, Cheryl. Too crowded, to my taste, in good weather, but good fun, especially for a touristy outing.
Borough Market is our favorite, not least because it’s comparatively easy to get to from where we live. We actually took some of our American visitors on “tours” there.
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