Ailsa’s Travel Theme for this week is Street Markets. A few weeks ago we made our way to Portobello Market. Portobello Road is located in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. On Saturdays it hosts one of London’s most famous street markets. The market started in the 19th century and sold fresh food. In the 1940s and 1950s, antiques dealers started to appear. Today you can find just about anything, but it still sticks to its roots and fruit and antiques are still available.
I first learned of the market when I was a child when I watched the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Ever since then I had wanted to visit it. Even though it was sprinkling on the day we visited it could not put a damper on my mood. I enjoyed seeing and observing all of the craziness. If you are not a crowd person, this may not be the outing for you. However, if you can handle the crowd I would recommend it. And if you need to take a break, there are a few pubs you can pop into. Also one of the stands sold mulled wine and I indulged. Mulled wine, a rainy day, and exploring a place I fell in love with when I was a child…life doesn’t get much better.