How to Navigate Portobello Road Food Market in Notting Hill, London

Portobello Road Food Market is an open-air street market located in Notting Hill. Before visiting, it’s helpful to have all the necessary information at your fingertips.

How to Navigate Portobello Road Food Market in Notting Hill, London

Nestled in the heart of Notting Hill, the Portobello Road Food Market is a quintessential London experience. It combines the charm of a traditional British market with the vibrant energy of one of the city's most eclectic neighbourhoods.

Whether you're a seasoned local or a curious tourist staying with us here at DUKES London, our guide has all the necessary information you need to navigate the market successfully:

A Brief History of Portobello Road Food Market

Portobello Road Market has been a staple of London life since the 19th century.

Originally known for its antiques, the market has evolved over the years. Today it includes a wide variety of stalls selling everything from vintage clothing to handmade gifts.

The food market in particular has grown in popularity, attracting culinary connoisseurs from all over the world!

When to Visit Portobello Road Food Market

Portobello Road Food Market is open all week except for Sundays, typically starting around 9am and winding down by 7pm.

For those who love the hustle and bustle of the city, Saturday is without a doubt the best day to visit, when the market is in full swing. If you prefer a quieter experience, however, weekdays are significantly less crowded.

DUKES’ Top Tips for Navigating the Market

Navigating Portobello Road Food Market can be a bit overwhelming, especially for first-timers. To help you make the most of your visit, we’ve curated a collection of our top tips.

First and foremost, wearing comfortable shoes is essential. The market covers a long stretch of road, and you'll find yourself doing a lot of walking!

It's also a good idea to bring cash with you. While many stalls now accept card payments, some smaller vendors may not, so having cash to hand ensures you don't miss out.

Staying hydrated is important, especially as exploring the market can be thirsty work. Bring a bottle of water with you or take advantage of the many cafes and juice bars dotted along the way.

Lastly, be prepared for the British weather, which is notoriously unpredictable! It's wise to bring an umbrella or raincoat just in case. Keep in mind that many of the stalls are outdoors, so being prepared for rain will help you stay comfortable no matter what.

How to Get to the Market from DUKES London

By Tube: From Green Park station, which is just a short walk from DUKES London, take the Piccadilly Line to Earl's Court. Change here for the District Line towards Edgware Road and get off at Notting Hill Gate. Portobello Road is then a 10-minute walk from the station.

By Bus: Take the number 52 bus from Hyde Park Corner, which is also close to our hotel. The bus will take you directly to Notting Hill Gate.

By Taxi or Ride-Sharing Service: For a more direct route, hail a taxi or use a ride-sharing service. This option is convenient but can be more expensive and is definitely slower during peak hours due to traffic.

Walking: For those who would enjoy a leisurely stroll across the city first, walking from DUKES London to Portobello Road takes around 45 minutes.

DUKES London makes the perfect base from which to explore Portobello Road Food Market.  Make your reservation with us today and get ready to enjoy some of the best food in London during your stay!