The Portobello Road in London

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 - 01:05 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, London

Portobello Road sign © Arnoprepa1/cc-by-sa-3.0

Portobello Road sign © Arnoprepa1/cc-by-sa-3.0

Portobello Road is a street in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west London. It runs almost the length of Notting Hill from south to north, roughly parallel with Ladbroke Grove. Every August since 1996 the Portobello Film Festival has been held in locations around Portobello Road.

Portobello Road’s distinctiveness does not just rely on its market. A range of communities inhabiting the street and the district contributes to a cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere, as do the many restaurants and pubs. The architecture plays a part, too, as the road meanders and curves gracefully along most of its length, unlike the more formally planned layout of most of the nearby area. Mid- to late-Victorian terrace houses and shops predominate, squeezed tightly into the available space, adding intimacy and a pleasing scale to the streetscape. The Friends of Portobello campaign seeks to preserve the street’s unique dynamic, as the potential arrival of big-brand chain stores threatens the locals. Portobello Road is also home to the Grade II* Electric Cinema, one of Britain’s oldest cinemas.

Portobello Road sign © Arnoprepa1/cc-by-sa-3.0 Blue plaque George Orwell, 22 Portobello Road © Eluveitie/cc-by-sa-3.0 Portobello Road Market © Josep Renalias/cc-by-sa-3.0 Electric Cinema © flickr.com - Ewan Munro/cc-by-sa-2.0 Portobello Road © geograph.org.uk - Danny Robinson/cc-by-sa-2.0 Portobello Road Market © Adrian Pingstone
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Blue plaque George Orwell, 22 Portobello Road © Eluveitie/cc-by-sa-3.0
George Orwell lived in Portobello Road in the winter of 1927 after resigning as Assistant Superintendent of the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. A blue plaque bearing his name commemorates his association with the area.

Portobello Road Market draws tourists. The main market day for antiques is Saturday. However, there are also fruit and vegetable stalls in the market, which trade throughout the week and are located further north than the antiques, near the Westway Flyover.

The market began as a fresh-food market in the 19th century; antiques dealers arrived in the late 1940s and ’50s, and now have a substantial number of them trading mainly on Saturday mornings. It is the largest antiques market in the UK.

Read more on about.com – Portobello Road, streetsensation.co.uk – All shops and restaurants in Portobello Road, Portobello Market, Portobello Film Festival and Wikipedia Portobello Road. Photos by Wikipedia Commons.






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