23 Reasons Why Portobello Road Is Practically Perfect In Every Way

Portobello Road, Portobello Road, the street where the riches of ages are told… Anything and everything a chap can unload, is sold off the barrow in Portobello Road… Ok, we’ll stop. But, seriously, even before Dave Tomlinson sung about this smorgasboard of a street in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Portobello Road has been one of the most brilliant roads in London, and here’s why we love it…

 1. It is home to the second smallest museum in London dedicated entirely to gin

Throwback to their summer garden with the optional extra of rabbit cuddles…

 

2. It is a never-ending array of pastel-coloured bliss

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3. You can pop in to one of the best Fish and Chip Shops in London

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4. And you can browse goods in the world’s most beautiful antiques store, Alice’s

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Or head down Vernon’s Yard for a looksy in a mews steeped in cobbles and history, with Admiral Vernon’s defeat of Porto Belo giving the Road it’s name.

 

5. Market stalls selling vinyl erupt with the sound of the Beatles and the Beach Boys

 

6. Every few steps you are introduced to a brand new busker from steel drums to a wooden bass

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7. The most glorious food stalls sizzle with flavour every Saturday
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You can get a whole Sea Bass for a fiver at the Moroccan Fish Stall on Golborne Road

 

8. And there’s the best vegetarian deli in London, The Grain Shop, with their giant takeaway portions

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9. Or you can pick up a pizza out of an old orange Fiat Cinquecento at Arancina

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10. And make sure you take whatever you pick up to Colville Square for a picturesque picnic

 

11. On Saturdays the world’s largest antiques market brings forth out-of-this world wonders

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You’ll find these World War Two binoculars at Sisters Antiques, Stall No.12…

 

12. Nearer the railway bridge you will find a plethora of odds and ends for sale

 

13. Posters to decorate the damp walls of your rented cupboard

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There’s a stall that sells Mars Bars at two-dozen for a pound

 

14. And you can delve into old army coats and vintage fur garms by the rack

 

15. The actual shops are worth a look too

Both inside and out

 

16. As is the retro Acklam Village Street Market

 

17. And the vendors will always surprise you with their nifty tricks of the trade

 

18. You can watch a movie from the comfort of a bed at the Electric

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19. Or gaze at one of the few original Banksy’s left in London

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20. Or find the attic flat at number 22 where George Orwell wrote his novels
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It was said the attic was so cold he had to warm his hands over candlelight before penning a word

 

21. Maybe the best part is that you’ll meet people from all over the world

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22. Come rain or shine, there’ll be crowds every weekend

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23. And seriously, those colours…

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