The well loved and trendy Portobello Road is one of the most popular locations for short lets London. An obvious association with Notting Hill’s most famous road is the popular street market held there every Saturday, but this lovely street has so much more to recommend it. The wide range of communities that are to be found here give the area its vibrant, energetic atmosphere, and the many pubs, bars and restaurants play a big part too.
This long, pleasant, meandering road with its mid Victorian terraced houses has its many tiny shops all bunched together, giving the road and area a unique, intimate feel. The locals campaign strongly to keep the road as it is, free from chain stores and other high street influences which would ruin the look and feel of the place. This kind of character and charm is maintained with the hard work and care from the locals and shop-keepers and it seems to be working well.
The original name for this street was Green’s Lane, but naval history intervened and robbed Mr Green of his Lane forever, whoever he was! After a hard fought battle in Panama in times gone by, the town of Puerto Bello was captured, and Green Lane W11 was changed to Portobello Road in honour of this historic event! Whatever the details, we think you will agree that the present name sounds much more glamourous and is in better keeping with the general character of the area, so hooray for that old English victory. The wonderful Electric Cinema is to be found here, which is one of London’s oldest and most charming cinemas.
The famous Portobello Road Market is held on Saturdays and draws visitors and locals in their thousands, whatever the weather. Any of our short lets London in Notting Hill will be a pleasant stroll away from the market. The many fruit & veg and flower stalls here also open during the week and the interesting specialist shops also open on a daily basis. The food markets were the first to open in the 18th century and the antique dealers came in the 1940’s and 50’s. The antique market is now the largest of its kind in Britain. The list of shows, songs, films, stories and poems that mention Portobello Road is a long one. It seems this charming, winding road has captured the imagination of many artists and artisans! Long may the market prosper…it’s popularity soars with each passing year.
Read our area guide for Notting Hill which informs and entertains you with the many attractions and delights of the area, including it’s close proximity to Kensington Gardens and Holland Park. Our Notting Hill short lets London selection includes some of our most attractive and popular self catering holiday homes.