Lazy London afternoon: Portobello Market
A classic landmark on London’s vintage market map- Portobello Road Market doesn’t disappoint. Troves brimming with treasure waiting to be unveiled, it is a leisurely afternoon stroll of discovery.
We headed down there this Sunday to delve into the dreamy vintage stalls, chat with the quirky sellers and wonder aimlessly with no particular destination.
Feeling immediately peckish we headed straight to the newest luncheon on Portobello Road, L’Epicerie. It is a relaxed, self serve bakery with creamy cappuccinos and mouth watering brownies. Hay bail seating in a big open room with hessian sack tablecloths and cute cake forks (it’s the little things!) make this place a must stop for something sweet or savoury and nice and filling.
Take a left out the door and just under the bridge will bring you to the market stalls that you can maze yourself around. You can find vintage head scarfs for a couple of quid, crazy-chic shoes, 80s fluffy jumpers for a tenner and so much more from army pins to silverware and figurines.
From here head back onto Portobello Road and back under the bridge. Now you can meander up the winding high street, gaze in windows, be amazed at the handmade jewellery and artist impressions. Tastes of Asia are evident on a few of the shop fronts, with a Scottish twist nearer to Notting Hill.
Stop for a drink or a roast in one of the corner pubs or restaurants, buy some shoes in the vast number of local shoe stores, (but shop around the quality and prices vary in each shop) and treat yourself to something quirky in the bespoke craft shops.
A perfect lazy afternoon in London!
Portobello Green Market: London’s famous Vintage and Fashion market is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 7am-6pm.