Our markets

Photos from the 'RBKC Markets' group on Flickr

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is one of the best places to shop in the capital, and has much to offer beyond the typical high street. Whether you're going shopping or just looking for a day out, the busy markets are a great way to experience the borough's vibrant local life.

The Council manages two adjacent markets: Portobello Road market is one of the most famous markets in the world, and is renowned for its antiques and vintage fashion. Golborne Road market features food stalls during the week and has busy second hand and bric-a-brac sections at the weekend.

At the northernmost end of Portobello Road, just past Golborne Road, is the unique new Penny Market featuring a selection of larder/pantry and creative/artistic stalls every Friday and Saturday.

Privately operated markets in the borough include Saturday farmers' markets at Notting Hill Gate (9am to 1pm) and South Kensington (9am to 2pm), the renowned Portobello Green Fashion market that crosses Portobello Road by the Westway (operating from Thursday through to Sunday), the new Acklam Village Market (Portobello Fine Foods) under the Westway on Saturdays and Sundays, and Duke of York Square Fine Food Market (King's Road) on Saturdays.

Whether you live locally or are just visiting, please support the area's local independent merchants! Shopping at your favourite market stalls and neighbourhood retailers is one way you can help to secure a thriving, vibrant and sustainable future for the heart of our unique and diverse community. To celebrate last year's first-ever national Love Your Local Market fortnight, we've produced a handy Guide to Markets in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. You can download the Guide to markets [PDF] (file size 1.5Mb) or pick up a copy at your local market.

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2015: 150 Years of Markets in Portobello & Golborne

Market trading in Portobello Road is thought to have begun in the mid- to late-1860s. We have chosen to celebrate our 150th year in 2015 by focussing on a different aspect of the market each month. Help us to celebrate by sharing your photos on social media and hashtagging them with #pogo150. The best photo each month will win its photographer a special commemorative item, with a grand prize for the best photo of the whole year.

Monthly themes are still in development, but here's our working outline for the year:
January - British winter vegetables
February - Fashion (either vintage, new designers or accessories)
March - Books & literature
April - Music
May - Market shopping, and possibly antiques
June - Arts & culture
July - Community
August - Carnival
September - Fashion (either vintage, new designers, or accessories)
October - English apples and other autumn fruit & veg
November - Entrepreneurs
December - Small businesses and Christmas shopping

We are working with the Westway Development Trust and other local businesses and organisations on events that reflect these themes. If you'd like to help with organising and facilitating events, including fundraising, please email street.markets@rbkc.gov.uk.

Portobello and Golborne Road Market General Opening Times

8am until 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

8am until 1pm Thursday (full-day Thursdays may return in 2015: watch this space!)

These times vary depending on weather conditions and the season. The street markets are normally closed on Sundays, UK Bank Holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

2015 Bank Holidays: 3 & 6 April; 4 & 25 May; 31 August; and 25, 26 & 28 December

How to register as a street trader and get a street trading licence

For information on how to register as a street trader and get a street trading licence go to Street Trading home page.