Yassmine and I already revealed about our series about London, we have created in collaboration in this post and this vlog. We were both super happy to read about your excitement regarding this series because we are pretty excited too!
So here you go with the first part of London we are showing you: Notting Hill and Portobello Market! We want to try to have the same starting point for every “Ordinary London” posts/vlogs because of this we have chosen Victoria Station since is a pretty busy and used station by many tourists and local people too. In this case, in order to reach Notting Hill from Victoria Station you can take the yellow tube (Circle line) towards Edgware Road and in less than 15 minutes you’ll reach your destination!
As soon as you exit from the Notting Hill Gate station what definitely will catch your eyes is the so pretty and characteristic house architecture 🙂 After a few meters (and loads of pictures already) you’ll reach Portobello Road which (I advise you) it’s a VERY VERY LONG ROAD. In order to have the right energy to enjoy completely Portobello road market, which is not at the start of the street, we stopped for a coffee at Farm Girl Cafè.
Now, the location of this cafè doesn’t really catch the eye immediately from the outside because you have to enter in a little garden before seeing the actual place but yes, as you can see from the pictures and from the video of Yassmine, it’s really pretty!
Also the internal design does not disappoint and the staff is very friendly. The menu gives many choices for breakfast/brunch/lunch annnddd guess whatt?!? They have maaaany gluten free, vegan and vegetarian option, yay!
We didn’t taste food tough, we just got something to drink and I have to say that my ginger tea was really good but the almond mocaccino wasn’t as good as expected, the cappuccino of the friend of ours who cam with us was good though! The overall prices of food and drinks is medium and acceptable, actually it’s “low” considering that area of London… so if you pass by we both suggest you to stop there for a break 😉
After this fulfilling stop we continued our exploration. What you can’t miss while walking through Portobello Road is looking also at the perpendicular streets that cross this long road because often you’ll notice amazing houses or buildings which from the main street you couldn’t be able to see.
As cited earlier in the post Portobello Road is very well known for it’s market, where you can literally find anything, from branded modern stuff to vintage objects, handmade jewellery, bags, shoes, anything!! Moreover, it is very probable that most of the things you’ll find there are unique and rare to find somewhere else so that’s definitely a positive point!
Plus, during weekends, right at the end of Portobello Road you’ll find an amazing street food market which will make your stomach and food desire go crazy! You will totally be absorbed by a cloud of different smalls, from Brazilian, Spanish, french to Italian food. In particular, Yassmine recommends to stop by the Greek stand and taste their amazing Pita 😉
Although it has to be said that also the actual shops that you’ll find walking by the market are pretty nice 🙂
Once you’ll finish your tour around Portobello Market (which again, I’ll repeat you, it’s veeeery long so will take up a lot of time, especially if you stop watching some stands), our suggestion is to just start walking randomly around the streets behind the main road because really, there are so many hidden beauties that you might miss if you just walk along the ” usual path” 🙂
Click here to see the video Yassmine made about this lovely day!
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