#68: Take a stroll on Portobello Road

Portobello Road in West London is one of the most famous street markets in the world. It’s a popular destination as it goes straight through the heart of picturesque Notting Hill. […]


Portobello Road in West London is one of the most famous street markets in the world. It’s a popular destination as it goes straight through the heart of picturesque Notting Hill. Home to what is now a trendy and expensive area of London and featuring the weekly Saturday antique and street market on Portobello Road. In the 50s it housed cheap, rundown accommodation for largely the West Indian immigrants and became the site of the notorious race riots. Later it became a staple of the Swinging 60s and appeared in movies such as The Italian Job with Michael Caine as well as his womanizing character in Alfie.

Tourists come here in droves and was made even more popular since the movie Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, with people constantly looking for the infamous ‘blue door’ from the film.  Unfortunately it no longer exists as it was sold at auction after the owners (who happened to be Princess Diana’s brother and his girlfriend) got so perturbed by the constant attention of film fans that they tried to disassociate themselves by replacing it with a black door. The day after the sale, ‘Blue Door RIP’ was scribbled on a nearby wall and despite constant removal, the words kept appearing. Long live the Blue Door.

The infamous Notting Hill Blue Door

The infamous Notting Hill Blue Door – which is now black

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