Our markets

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is one of the best places to shop in London, 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 (particularly on Saturdays) and vintage fashion (particularly on Fridays). Golborne Road market features street food stalls during the week and has busy second hand and bric-a-brac sections at the weekend.

Privately operated markets in the borough include farmers' markets on Tuesday at Imperial College (9am to 2pm) and on Saturday 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 (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday), the 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.


Road safety calendar artwork - December 2018
Help us switch on our Christmas lights!

Saturday 17 November 5pm to 5.45pm in Tavistock Square W11 (the pedestrianized section of Tavistock Road between Portobello Road and Basing Street). The Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will assist the artist of the winning December entry in the Council's annual road safety calendar art project (shown above) in throwing the switch! Enjoy free performances by the Barlby Primary School choir and the Techtonics, as well as delicious cake donated by Hummingbird Bakery!

New Youthquake Christmas 2018
New Youthquake is back!

On Saturday 1 December from 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2 December from 11am to 5pm there will be a 32-stall market and nano-festival on the square and we're looking for designers, makers, artisans, entrepreneurs, artists, performers, musicians and more! Please check our New Youthquake (NYQ) page for full details. Online applications for market stalls and performance slots are now being accepted! New Youthquake is the first of four planned Portobello Winter Weekends being organised with regular Portobello and Golborne Road market traders and Westway Trust.

Portobello and Golborne Road Market General Opening Times

  • 8am until 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
  • 8am until 1pm Thursday

These times can vary depending on weather conditions and the season. The street markets are normally closed on Sundays, UK Bank Holidays (except for Good Friday - 30 March in 2018 - when the market was open until 4pm), Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

2018 Bank Holidays: 1 January; 30 March; 2 April; 7 and 28 May; 27 August; 25 and 26 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.