Shoppers Delight!

A lingering smell of freshly baked cupcakes in the air, the Beatles belting out ‘Here comes the sun’ on a loud speaker and two women tugging at the same dress. A typical scene at Portobello Market, London.

Housed in a long meandering lane in the Notting Hill area of London the closest tube station is Ladbroke Grove. At the station, a sign points to the Market pushing prospective shoppers in the right direction and building up excitement.

Visitors to London hear about it before they reach the city and locals swear by it. With good reason!

The sheer volume of the market is amazing, with hundreds of tiny stalls..selling design ware, vintage goodies and quirky fashion. If you shop here, you are likely to have a very unique look! The stalls keep shifting and changing, so what you find once may not be there the next  time!

You can enter with just 30 pounds and go away satisfied with a quirky new dress, a painting or you could max out your credit card on the designer stalls. Up and coming designers rent stalls here to show off their unique products.

One must look carefully in the stalls because on occasion some of the vintage sellers have branded merchandise. Well maintained Jimmy Choo bags and Harley Davidson jackets are known to have made an appearance in the market!

This is when you find people fighting over the same goods and bargaining with sellers to get a better price! Other than obscure stalls selling kitschy fashion high-end boutiques are tucked away in one corner of the market.

As you walk on the fashion market gives way to Portobello’s art and antique market.

Here, enthusiasts can find a rug from the 1940’s in impeccable conditions, paintings and even crockery! Beatles records, memorabilia of rock bands and even lingerie is available if you look closely enough.

For foodies, stalls selling food from the world over along with quaint cafés dot the lane so you can always recharge your batteries before you hit the shops again.

Shopaholic is an ugly word that makes you think of addictions, which are bad.  I prefer to think, Portobello simply unleashes the shopper within you and its diversity draws even the most reticent shopper in.

Sunny, cloudy or rainy, any day is converted into a happy one when you visit Portobello!

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