Portobello Road Market
Today I visit London’s Portobello Road Market. I get lunch at Ottolenghi Notting Hill. And then watch a movie at the Electric Cinema Portobello Road. Watch my full visit here –
Portobello Road Market today is a huge draw for both Londoner’s and tourists. The Portobello Road Market was originally during the 19th century a fresh food market used by locals. From the 1940’s it gained an increasing reputation for antiques. The main day for antiques is Saturday and the busiest day at the market. The market has always continued to be a daily food market. The number of antique dealers has been in steady decline over the last two decades.
The Portobello Road Market is gaining more of a reputation as a tourist destination. A few of the antique stores have been replaced by clothing stores and food and drink vendors. There are several reasons for the decline but it is primarily wider market forces. General gentrification, declining interest in antiques, rising rents and the availability of antiques on-line. It’s a real shame because it is the most interesting part of the market.
The streets are amazing to look at on market day. The architecture is mixed and a little dilapidated in places. And the brightly coloured buildings have always been popular with photographers and today anyone with a social media account.
Portobello Market Tube
Portobello road is about a mile long and so easily accessible by public transport. I go to Notting Hill gate because it is the most photographic route to market. Also Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne park are within easy walking distance.
Ottolenghi Notting Hill
Today I head to the Ottlenghi deli in Notting Hill for lunch. The display of sweet and savoury food at Ottolenghi always looks phenomenal. The shop and displays are manly white which makes the colourful cakes and platters of salads really stand out.
The savoury food is a delicious mix of middle eastern flavours in a Mediterranean style. The windows filled with phenomenal looking cakes and pastries to tempt passers-by. The Notting Hill deli is primarily take away so a fantastic spot to pick up snacks or lunch to take to the market or take a break from the market. The westborne Grove area is less hectic and more relaxed compared to Portobello Road itself.
Electric Cinema Portobello Road
Today I was at Portobello to visit the cinema. The Electric cinema is one of my favourite cinemas in London. The Electric Cinema first opened on London’s Portobello Road on 24 February 1910 so now the oldest purpose built cinemas in London. The cinema like Notting Hill has also had a roller coaster of fortunes over the decades.
Most recently the electric cinema’s restoration is reminiscent of the cinemas vintage glamour. Also Just sixty-five leather armchairs with foot stalls and side tables make it one of the most comfortable cinemas in London. There is also a bar serving drinks and snacks from the electric diner next door.
To find out more about the Electric Cinema or check the current programme and book tickets visit the Electric Cinema Website
Check out my previous visit to Notting Hill and also Portobelo Road for more things to see and do Portobello Road Market