January 16, 2013

Places to visit in London #1 Portobello Road Market

As I'm living in London now, I thought I would try to feature one amazing place to visit each week. Whether its an exhibition (I'm dying to see the Valentino one), a restaurant, nice place for drinks or great places to shop, I figured you might want to know about it as there's so much to see and do in London.

My friend Claire and I visited the market on a Saturday, which was pretty busy (always expected in London), but the atmosphere was great and the food markets were absolutely buzzing! Whilst wandering around and rummaging our way through each stall, we also picked up some amazing street food to have whilst shopping, the perfect combination!

If you have never paid a visit to portobello market this may hopefully tempt you...

My photo diary:
1. At Ladbroke Grove tube station which is the nearest to the market entrance! The start of the market is clearly signposted but if in doubt follow the people.
2. Thee most amazing owl bag! Really wanted to purchase this beautiful find but living in London means I'm on a strict budget and so far the January shopping ban is going pretty well.
3. Here's a snap of my delightful friend Claire wearing a vintage fur headband that we came across on the market. There was a huge pile of them and they were only £5 each.Did someone say bargain?
4. Yes that's me looking overly excited at the churos I'm about to devour! They a little like doughnuts but in crinkled chip form and there's a little pot of melted chocolate for dipping too.I would highly recommend!
5. Once you've walked though the market you will find that there's little walkways and doors that lead to little indoor antique markets. Great for picking up some lovely shabby chic homewares or a unique vintage find. Tip: As many items are antique you may be surprised when you ask for the price! (As I soon found out!)
6. A beautiful floor-length vintage dress, covered in intricate sequins and bead work. You can tell by my face that I wanted it so bad!
7. More vintage wares from the antique markets, I love a good teacup and saucer.
8.If there's one thing that Portobello road is not short of, it's jewellery! If you have something particular in mind that you are looking to buy such as a ring, I would advise you to be strict and selective as there's too many for one pair of eyes! Moroccan style jewellery seemed to be pretty popular as well as vintage style clip-on earrings and fine, pretty chains.

9. Bags, bags and even more bags! Some great quality leather ones and of course, some embellished evening ones too.

10. Maybe you only have time for a whistle-stop tour around London? If thats the case,make sure you pay a visit to Hirst Antiques (59 Pembridge Road Notting Hill, UK W11 3HN). It's such an Aladins cave filled with wonderful jewelled treasures! I assure you, you won't be disappointed. Some of the items have been featured in magazines such as Vogue so it's definitely worth a look!

Another picture of the amazing jewellery at Hirst antiques...

I hope you have enjoyed my short but sweet guide to Portobello road, London.

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about getting there etc, or let me know if you've been to the market before?

Sarah x

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