London Life: Exploring Notting Hill and Portobello Market

Hi all,

I hope you have had a fabulous weekend and are ready for the week ahead! If you have some time to spare this evening why don’t you check out my last blog post all about celebrating women! You can find it by clicking here!

Today’s blog post is all about the beautiful Notting Hill and Portobello Rd market. I have never visited this area before and was so excited to track down Hugh Grant amongst the pretty multicoloured houses and I wasn’t disappointed. Unfortunately there were no Oscar winning actors amongst the market stalls but there were some adorable treasures.

My friend and I started our journey at Tottenham Court Rd after some costume shopping in Primark! Notting Hill Gate is super easy get to as it is on the Central line, the District and Circle lines and it is a short walk away from the market so is the perfect place to get the tube to. The rain didn’t dull our smiles as we headed down the street towards the market and discovered the adorable little multicoloured houses which I will own one of in the future!


Don’t you just agree that they are so stunning? Anyway so once we had taken in the rainbow houses we started looking in and out of all the little antique shops that lined the streets. We found some fabulously quirky stuff that if I had enough money I would have bought right there!

The China was so fancy and I can totally see owning these in the future. I am normally very stressed about patterns matching but I have to say seeing the cluttered style of the antiques was making me gain some new inspiration! I also love these crates, I have actually got one with Hogwarts written on the side (sorry not sorry!) and it is so useful and looks so sweet in my room. We also found some pretty unusual antiquities such as giant metre length glasses hanging from the sealing and some funky goggles because who doesn’t want to spend a tenner on that?! They also had hands and heads made from ceramic labelling all the areas which I liked. There is so much to discover in one little shop on one little street!

We also found a cute clothes store called Ragyard which had some gorgeous pieces that I was so tempted to buy but on a student budget I didn’t feel able to justify the purchase. However when I am earning a little more I am heading back there for the peacock sleeved jumper! For now I will just have to reminder it by the fabulous neon sign they had on the wall.


Naturally after a rainy morning in Notting Hill we had to grab some food so we went searching for a nice little cafe and discovered Gails! It was so delicious and had the most amazing selection of fresh food. I went for the most delicious cookie and sandwich but I reckon it would all be amazing.

*Warning this image contains products that may induce dribbling*


This concluded our trip to Notting Hill except for a further walk down to Ladbroke Grove where we discovered there was another market selling all of these amazing clothes and vintage jackets, again not student budget worthy, but still it is fun to dream!

So that was my fabulous Saturday in Notting Hill, I didn’t leave with Hugh Grant but I did leave with a new piece of the huge puzzle of London explored! I will definitely making a trip back and exploring the many shops we didn’t manage to visit!

Much Love,

Hannah Jayne Artis ❤

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