Portobello Market is one of the most famous street markets in the world and takes up most of Portobello Road going straight through the heart of trendy Notting Hill, the area made famous by the film of the same name. In fact, much of the 1999 film Notting Hill took place on the street. The famed blue door, however, no longer exists, having been sold.
- There are several distinct sections to the market: antiques; fruit and vegetables, new goods, the fashion market and second hand goods. Saturdays are the main market days for antiques.
- Portobello Road also has numerous shops and cafes along the road where you can take a breather from all the browsing.
- Portobello Road's distinctiveness does not rely only on its market. A range of communities inhabiting the street and the district contributes to a cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere, as do the many restaurants and pubs.
- The architecture plays a part too, as the road meanders and curves gracefully along most of its length, unlike the more formally planned layout of most of the nearby area.
- Mid- to late-Victorian terrace houses and shops predominate, squeezed tightly into the available space, adding intimacy and a pleasing scale to the streetscape.
- The Friends of Portobello campaign seeks to preserve the street's unique dynamic, as the potential arrival of big-brand chain stores threatens the locals.
- Portobello Road is also home to the Grade II Electric Cinema, one of Britain's oldest cinemas.
- It is widely considered to be the largest antiques market in the UK.
Portobello Market it is located only a short walk from the Princes Square in Bayswater.