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.


Young Enterprise participants 2017
Young Enterprise returns to Portobello

After two successful trading days at the market in 2017 (photographed above by market volunteer Gunwoo Kim), Young Enterprise returns to Portobello Road on two Wednesdays (7 February and 25 April) and two Saturdays (3 and 17 March) in 2018. Please be sure to pop by the market to support London's next generation of young entrepreneurs!

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Get a healthy start in 2018!

The Council's Street Trading Office has teamed up with Go Golborne and Mytime Active to bring the national Healthy Start scheme to Portobello and Golborne Road market stalls. The market's fruit and vegetable stalls are great places for everyone to get their 5 a day, and now they offer even better value to Healthy Start voucher recipients. To find out if you're eligible and to keep up with the latest news on Healthy Start at the market, please visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/healthystart.

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 is 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.