The History of Portobello Road Antiques Market
Portobello Road Market draws thousands of tourists, Antique collectors and Interior decorators each year, hunting for the many bargains on offer. The main market day for antiques is Saturday, the only day when all five sections and the indoor markets, are opened for antiques.
The market began in the 19th century, as many other London markets, selling mainly fresh-food. Antiques and wares dealers arrived in the late 1940s and ’50s, and gradually antiques have become the main attraction of this market, having a substantial number trading mainly on Saturdays between 8 am and 4pm.
There is a lot of “trade” buying in Portobello as there are many more bargains to be had, than can be obtained in the auction houses etc. It is the largest and most important antiques market in the UK and the most famous in the world.