A walk along Notting Hill’s famous Portobello Road can be like a trip through some of the best-loved works of fiction. For example, it was the stamping ground of a certain Paddington Bear from Darkest Peru, not to mention Paolo Coelho’s Athena, or ‘The Witch of Portobello’, and it is the setting for the romantic comedy film, ‘Notting Hill’.
However, the road hasn’t become famous because of its popularity in fiction; it has been included in fiction because it is so famous. The popular thoroughfare is most well-known for the shops which line much of its length, particularly those which sell antiques or second-hand and vintage goods. On Saturdays, there is also a temporary market which has a reputation as a great place to buy antiques, books and vintage clothing.
Portobello Road isn’t just a row of shops, though. Visitors can break up their bargain hunting with some refreshments at one of the many friendly bars, cafés and restaurants, such as the popular Portobello Star bar or the cosy Earl of Lonsdale pub. Being at the heart of a bustling area and close to a number of attractions, including museums and art galleries, cinemas and, of course, the famous Notting Hill Carnival, it’s a great place to use as a base for sightseeing.
It’s easy to organise car hire in London, so visitors can arrive by train or plane and still have great access to one of the most instantly recognisable areas in the capital.