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. In 2014, Love Your Local Market (a nationwide event when first-time traders can get stalls for £10 including free insurance) will take place from 14 through to 28 May. Email marketevents@rbkc.gov.uk or see our Street Trading home page for details (link below).

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Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Thursday, 18 December, 08:00 - 19:00
Friday, 19 December, 08:00 - 19:00
Saturday, 20 December, 08:00 - 19:00
Sunday, 21 December, Closed
Monday, 22 December, 08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday, 23 December, 08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday, 24 December, 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday, 25 December, Closed
Friday, 26 December, Closed
Saturday, 27 December, 08:00 - 19:00
Sunday, 28 December, Closed
Monday, 29 December, 08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday, 30 December, 08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday, 31 December, 08:00 - 19:00
Thursday, 1 January 2015, Closed
Friday, 2 January 2015, 08:00 – 19:00

Portobello and Golborne Road Market General Opening Times

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

8am until 1pm Thursday (the return of full-day Thursdays in 2014 will soon be announced!)

2014 Bank Holiday Mondays: 21 April, 5 May, 26 May, 25 August & 26 December

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.

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.