Portabello Road, Portabello Road,
Street where the riches of ages are stowed.
Anything and everything a chap can unload
Is sold off the ‘barrow at Portabello Road.
…Bedknobs and Broomticks
I admit that I adore open air markets. However, Portabello Road Market is not simply an open air market – the term just doesn’t do it justice. This Market was incredible and like nothing I had ever experienced before. It was filled with amazing shops, quaint places to eat, open fruit/vegetable markets and unique carts selling all sorts of knick-knacks…and lots of antiques! However, let me be clear, these are no ordinary antiques – they are literally the “riches of ages”. There are items from great estates, from the glorious times gone by…lovely silver tea sets shined up to perfection, display cases of glorious costume jewelry spanning through decades of style, elegant cameos (some authentic and some knockoff), and historical items from WW I and WW 2. It was such fun experiencing the eras of history through people’s former treasures.
Listening to the advice of several travel blogs, (Even Wandering Bastards do their homework!) we got up really early and took the tube to the Notting Hill Tube stop in order to beat the crowds. It was excellent advice and we were able to arrive as the shopkeepers and cart owners were setting up their wares. Walking down into a basement full of treasures we were surprised to find a wonderful non-toursty spot for breakfast where we enjoyed scones, hot chocolate and some delicious sausage. We then spent the rest of our morning sharing adoration for the items that caught our eye.
(And yes, in total Wandering Bastard style, I may have walked up the street singing the Bedknobs and Broomsticks Portabello Road song…a few times.)