Notting Hill is best known for its movie setting in the film Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant and is one of London’s most iconic district. It’s not a surprise the area attracts many visitors to see the famous setting, but people come for the famous Portobello Road and Market as well. Aside from the market, the neighborhood also makes for a pleasant stroll to see Notting Hill’s charming and colorful homes.
Portobello Road Market is considered to be the world’s largest antique market and is really made up of several markets, with Saturday being its busiest day. We wanted to avoid the crowd of the market on Saturday, so we visited on a Sunday. It is by no means vacant, but it’s definitely less jammed with people.
We strolled through Portobello Road and visited Acklam Village Market, then wandered off the main drag to sightsee the homes of Notting Hill before heading into Chelsea and Kensington. The highlight of Acklam Village Market was the Sugardaddy Stand where they sell fresh pressed sugar cane juice. This was unexpected and we jumped on the opportunity to have some. While waiting in line, the stall next to the juice stand was blasting Notorious B.I.G. music, provoking head bopping all around. The guy playing the music also had a huge joint lit like incense, its strong scent wafting for all to smell.
Color pop of Notting Hill…
Our saunter through the area made me want to re-watch Notting Hill again. It’s a charming neighborhood and worth a visit. If you’re visiting late August, Notting Hill hosts an annual carnival street party for two days. This year it will be held on August 28th and 29th, but we will be missing it because we won’t be around. Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s largest street party. I’m sure it will be some party, and I envision it to be something like Mardis Gras. If you’ve been to the party before, or get a chance to partake in the event, let me know. I’d love to hear about it!