PORTOBELLO Portobello Road was originally no more than a winding country path known as Green Lane. Then in 1740 after the construction of Portobello Farm (so called after Puerto Bellos, a town formerly under Spanish rule captured by the Britsh during the War of Jenkins’ Ear by Admiral Edward Vernon ) It was renamed Porto Bello Lane. In Portovello we can find:
Portobello Market The antiques and bric-a-brac stalls are open only on Saturdays and trading may start a little earlier. Then you can experience a mile of hustle, haggle, colour and energy. The feature of Saturdays is the opening of hundreds of antique and specialist shops and stalls. There are some talented and bizarre street performers to be spotted too.
Antiques & Bric-A-Brac The markets main attraction is the vibrant antiques section which is located near Notting Hill tube station; the half mile of road contains 100′s of buzzing market stalls, shops and arcades. You can expect to find a wonderful and wide array of antiques dating from BC to the 1960′s on offer including items such as glass, books and many other collectibles.
Fruit & Veg Iconic London market stalls as full English character as they’re fruit and vegetables come next after the antiques section. You will also find a few bread stalls, cakes, a fish mongers and a cheese stall here.
Fashion Market Shop from vintage bags, lace and fur coats to more touristy London tshirts. Around Westway you will find the area some call the “Fashion Market” which has second hand clothes stall side by side with young new designers. You will also find a number of bigger brand shops in this area.
Second Hand Goods Usually more a destination for locals than tourists, this section of the market offers second hand good including clothes, great for any fashionista hoping to pick up a bargain.
Camden Lock Market Camden Lock Market is situated by the Regent's Canal on a site formerly occupied by warehouses and other premises associated with the canal. By the early 1970s the canal trade had ceased and a northern urban motorway was planned that would cut through the site, making any major permanent redevelopment impossible, and in 1974 a temporary market was established. By 1976, when plans for the motorway were abandoned, the market had become a well-known feature of Camden Town. The Lock retains its focus as the principle Camden market for crafts. There is a large selection of fast food stalls. In 1991 a three-storey indoor market hall was opened on the site of the first outdoor market. The buildings have the style of the traditional 19th century industrial architecture.
The Stables Market The Stables Market is the largest section of the complex. The market is located in the historic former Pickfords stables and Grade II listed horse hospital which served the horses pulling Pickford's distribution vans and barges along the canal. Many of the stalls and shops are set in large arches in railway viaducts. At the Stables Market there is much to appeal to people of all ages and tastes. Itâ€™s a great and varied place to shop. .
CAMDEN TOWN Camden Town is a London suburb situated in the town of Camden. Itâ€™s famous for hosting one of the most varied and street markets in London. The complex of Camden Market is composed of six general sections.
In total around 700 shops and stalls trade here at the weekend and many are now open every day of the week.
nearby canal and as a location for warehousing and light industrial activities associated with canal transport.
Camden Lock Village The section along the canal to the east of Chalk Farm Road was known as the Canal Market and had a covered entrance tunnel leading into a general outdoor market. The market was devastated by fire on 9 February 2008 and reopened in May 2009 as the Camden Lock Village.
The Buck Street Market The Buck Street Market is an outdoor market focusing on clothes. There is no formal or legal definition of Camden Market. A few stallholders design their own wares, while at the weekend these designs are more likely to be found in the Electric Ballroom market.
The Electric Ballroom This market soon began to attract large numbers of Londoners and tourists because of the character and quality of the goods on sale, and because of the uniqueness of the location. Boat trips and walks along the canal, or just watching the barges pass through the lock gates from the Dingwall's beer garden, became, and are still important parts of the attraction of Camden Lock. Recently visit to Stables is even more fascinating with international traders in well-lit new shop units offering products of an amazing variety. The area has been adorned with massive bronze sculptures evoking memories of the past use of the area both to stable horses that pulled the barges along the
The Electric Ballroom, close to Camden Town tube station, has been a night club since the 1950s. It is open during the day at weekends as an indoor market. Easy to miss the entrance in passing but well worth making the effort to find it and enter. The building itself is steeped in rock history, with a host of famous names having performed at this legendary venue. The market has been operating here for the last 24 years, which makes it one of the original indoor markets at Camden, its share of imported goods.
Inverness Street Market A small century-old street market that once had many stalls selling fresh produce and foodstuffs, unlike the other markets.
and Coliseum theatres. Also, this is the only district in which London street performances are allowed, so actors, singers and artists offer all kinds of daily repertoire of excellent quality.
Covent Garden is one of the most captivating London boroughs. It is a commercial and cultural center with an impressive architecture. Covent Garden was a famous fruit market created in 1660 located in the heart of London. Over the centuries, dump trucks produced jams in the area, which meant that in 1974 the market will move to another area of the city. Meanwhile, the market building, which occupied several buildings, was restored and converted into a charming new indoor mall, which since 2007 works even at night. Covent Garden was designed in the seventeenth century by Inigo Jones, surrounding the central square, the Piazza of perfectly lined streets. Today in the majesty of the great buildings with the charm of the colorful houses, full of flowers, and the market itself, made of stone with iron and glass cover intermingle. In the commercial field, in Covent Garden you can find all kinds of products including antiques, clothing, souvenirs, toys, perfume or food, among many other possibilities, including its characteristic street stalls, especially devoted to crafts. For lovers of fashion, Floral Street and King Street's leading firms are, while the best antiques can be discovered in Jubilee Market. The leisure options include spas, restaurants, hotels, bars and numerous night spots. Culturally, in Covent Garden's Royal Opera House, the London Transport Museum, is located the St. Paul church or the Lyceum, Aldwych, Strand
CHINATOWN Located in central London, Soho, Chinatown is the lively Chinese community settled in the English city. It is a very touristy area full of restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and all kinds of shops and Chinese companies. It is a spectacular and very exotic, especially during the holidays of Chinese New Year celebration place. It contains a number of Chinese restaurants, bakeriesยง, supermarkets, souvenir shops, and other Chinese-run businesses. After the Second World Warยง, however, the growing popularity of Chinese cuisineยง and an influx of immigrants from Hong Kong led to an increasing number of Chinese restaurants being opened elsewhere.
The area boasts over 80 restaurants showcasing some of London's finest and most authentic Asian cuisine. In 2005, the property developer Rosewheelยง proposed a plan to redevelop the eastern part of Chinatown. The plan was opposed by many of the existing retailers in Chinatown, as they believe that the redevelopment will drive out the traditional Chinese retail stores from the area and change the ethnic characteristic of Chinatown. RESIDENTS There is a large residential block called Vale Royal House which houses a number of families, professionals and single men and women.