Our markets

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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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150 Year Celebration Events: Paddington™ pays a visit on Saturday 20 June!

Paddington Bear loves a celebration and a good story. Come to Portobello & Golborne Market on Saturday 20 June when the world's most famous and best loved bear will help celebrate the market's 150th anniversary. Join Paddington for storytelling and hear some of his legendary adventures. Storytelling sessions start at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on the pedestrian square in Tavistock Road W11. To avoid disappointment book free tickets on Eventbrite.

Official 150 year celebration on Saturday 30 May 2015

Saturday 30 May is the 150th day of our 150th year and our market stalls and some shops & arcades will be festooned with 2km of bespoke 150-year bunting. At least 30 market stallholders are offering exclusive one-day-only promotions, from discounts, multi-buy offers and gifts-with-purchase to limited-edition signed artwork and a raffle with 2 prizes of £50 worth of antique toy soldiers. Shoppers should look out for stalls displaying ‘Exclusive 150 year celebration offer’ signs and ask traders for details. There will be other mini-events including:

  • A costumed performance of Victorian songs by Radio Days Music at the junction of Portobello Road and Lonsdale Road from 12 noon.
  • A day-long display of antique and vintage bicycles from the Veteran Cycle Club in Tavistock Square W11.
  • Free ‘Dr Bike’ bicycle tune-ups courtesy of BikeMinded in Tavistock Square W11.
  • A free ticketed ‘instameet’ organised by @igerslondon (already sold out but hopeful participants can join the waiting list at www.meetup.com/InstagramersLondon)
  • A 2pm cake-cutting ceremony in Tavistock Square W11 with a spectacular birthday cake donated by Hummingbird Bakery.

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.

Our monthly themes are:


  • January - British roots (winter vegetables)
    February - Vintage fashion & accessories
    March - Books & literature
    April - Music
    May - Love Your Local Market
    June - Arts & culture
    July - Community
    August - Carnival
    September - New fashion & accessories
    October - English apples and other autumn fruit & veg
    November - Antiques
    December - Gifts

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

and

  • 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.