Portobello Market in Notting Hill, UK

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Hey y’all! I’m baaaccckkkk! Did you miss me? Probably not, because I pre-scheduled a month’s worth of posts for you while we hopped across the pond for a European vacation! It was the chance of a lifetime, the boys and I toured London, Keswick and Scotland while P. Handsome Guy worked in his company’s London office. I’ll be sharing some of my journeys with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime you can check out some of my sneak peek photos on Instagram or Facebook.

But, now I want to take you with me to Portobello Market in Notting Hill, England. OH MY GOODNESS! When Pretty Handsome Guy said I’d love the Portobello Market, he knew my tastes to a “T” or should I say “Tea”. 😉 In fact, once we arrived, it was evident that I wanted to absorb and photograph as much as I possibly could!


We took the London Underground (the tube) to the Notting Hill station on a Saturday morning (the only day the street vendors are set up.) Upon our ascent above ground, it was evident that we had entered the ritzier suburb of London made famous by the movie, Notting Hill.


Doors are painted cheerful colors, the front stoops were adorned with patterns of tile, and container gardens are abundant.





The architecture of these grande estates is beautiful and dripping with detail.





Unfortunately we had two tired, jet-lagged boys tagging along. So, Handsome Guy did what he does best, he gave me the afternoon to peruse at my own speed and took the boys to Hyde Park to play some soccer (or should I say Football for the British crowd.) Each vendor had their specialty: Antique lamps, silverware, leather sporting goods, books, old printing blocks and much much more. Instead of jabbering away, I’ll just let you browse for yourself.

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In one section of the market are the food vendors. This happened to be very entertaining to watch. The woman below sings out her menu in an operatic volume voice.


Then she turns around a split second later and stirs the gigantic pot of paella (at least I think that’s what the dish is.)


  I found myself seeking a quieter spot to eat and wandered into a little bakery to get away from the crowds and grab a quick bite to eat.




The rustic shelving is exactly what I am craving for our kitchen (minus the plumbing pipes.)


Back outside the market was in full force as far as the eye could see.


Just a warning that apparently some vendors do not like having pictures taken of their wares. One vendor reacted like Sean Penn by getting in my face trying to tell me that photography was akin to stealing. He went on to explain it was like wearing shoes around and not buying them and that it was the same in the States. I looked at him in sheer bewilderment and said, “Nope, not the same.” This is the picture I “stole” of his antique books.


So, be forewarned some vendors can get their trousers in a bunch if you take pictures. On the opposite end of the spectrum was sweet Alison who owns the shop Jensen & Ballantine. If you are in Notting Hill please look up her shop, pop in and say “Hi!” Tell her I sent you. 😉


She has the most fabulous antiques, furniture and home décor! I was so busy snapping pictures that I overlooked those gorgeous blue glasses. Now I’m kicking myself for not buying them!


The rest of the photos are from the Jensen and Ballantine shop. Enjoy!












If you find yourself in London on a Saturday, head over to Notting Hill for the Portobello Market. It’s a must see! And if you can’t make it on a Saturday, the shops in the area are open the rest of the week as well (with the exception of the street vendors.)



37 replies
  1. Carolyn Robards
    Carolyn Robards says:

    Fabulous pictures! Thank you so much for sharing…I will probably never make it to England, so I’m looking forward to all the pictures from your trip.

  2. Linda
    Linda says:

    Those pics were super fun to look through. You must have had so much fun.
    P.S. Pfft on comment #1. You shared so much that hits us DIY’ers right in the heart! Loved your post!

  3. Peggy
    Peggy says:

    I get to go every year for work to London and always stay over. Your photos are great and capture the essense of the market and really brought me back. My favorite is the guy and his Dad with printers blocks. Spitalfields Market has a guy who also has some, much cheaper. Thanks for sharing.

    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      LOL,it was definitely difficult, but I had to make sure it was small so I could fit it in my suitcase. I bought three old rusty keys and one wood block used for stamping designs on furniture before they carve it out.

  4. Laurie
    Laurie says:

    AMAZing pictures! Thank you for sharing. My fingers just twitched and twitched because I wanted to grab so many things! Like the silverware. How fun would it be to have all those beautiful, mis-matched pieces for special dinners? I’d be lugging so many things home in my suitcase it would be ridiculous.

    And as for that book vendor? Foolish man. You are giving him free advertising! Now if you opened the book and started taking pictures of each page, then you are stealing from him. But showing the gorgeous books he has is just going to draw people in. He isn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier, is he?

    Can’t wait to see more of your trip pictures! What a great adventure for the kidlets. I think travel is essential for kids to mature and learn about the world outside the US.

  5. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    What wonderful eye candy! Lots of great stuff & sorry the book seller was so stuffy. I bet you were able to take a lot of inspiration from these pictures. My husband and I incorporate some color scheme, item or bauble from each vacation into our home, it’s the best way to hold onto those vacation memories permanently.

    Glad you’re back, I bet Pretty Handy Dog wins the award for being the happiest of us all!

  6. MrsMajorHoff (Sara)
    MrsMajorHoff (Sara) says:

    Love all the pictures. Total eye candy and really gets the DIY wheels turning. Your comment about taking pictures cracked me up. I had a lady in a bakery in Germany start screaming at me (in English!!!) telling me I couldn’t take pictures. I was so stunned I didn’t know what to do (and it was on my iphone, not my dslr), so I froze and totally pretended I didn’t speak English either. My husband and I still laugh about it!

  7. Cathy Moore
    Cathy Moore says:

    Loved the picture of the old flag with only 48 stars. That’s what it looked like when I first learned to say the pledge of allegiance (also before “under God” was added). Enjoyed ALL the travel pics! 🙂

  8. Paula
    Paula says:

    Thanks for sharing your trip! I liked the weathered bakery shelves too, but I actually liked the plumbing pipes on them. (My daughter made a lamp using electrical conduit so maybe I have a bias towards things like that?) And I bet you could have those blue glasses shipped over! 🙂

  9. Melissa M
    Melissa M says:

    Loved the photos! I would love to go to England. In the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through my favorite blogger 😉 Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to more!

  10. Colleen Taylor
    Colleen Taylor says:

    Absolutely Wonderful post Brittany! I’ve not been to London , would love to & who made the rule (1st response) that you can’t slightly divert from a DIY post, sheesh. I love diversions, makes life far more interesting. So much in fact that when I get my rear back in gear to update my much neglected blog, I’m diverting from talking about my artwork & painting all the time. Makes for much more interesting posts in my humble opinion. Thanks for the gorgeous photos!

  11. fabulosa
    fabulosa says:

    By the first pic you post, without telling where you were, I figure out you were in a British Caribbean Island. I will love to travel one day to London. I love the inside you gave us with the vendors, love the necklaces, OMG. I need an endless budget to go. Thank you for the pics. And please don`t waste your time with stupid people.

  12. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Beautiful pics! What fun to use a good camera for something different, right? I am going to the UK in two weeks and you have me all fired up for my vacation now 🙂

  13. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I would have brought back a suitcase full of treasures for sure!!! The book man had a problem. I actually had a guy get in my face when he thought I was taking a picture of his wares here in the states. (I wasn’t btw) There are mean people everywhere, aren’t there. The only time I have been in London was at Heathrow Airport on my way somewhere else and had the same thing happen to me because the man (who said he lived in London) thought I was American. He really chewed me out but when I just kept looking at him silently with a smile, I think he decided maybe I wasn’t American after all, and starting complaining loudly about having to take the shuttle to his next plane. lol

  14. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Lovely photos. Ben there to Portobello Road Market and love it! In face I have a sign for there that says Portobello Road Market and is hanging in my kitchen.


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