Portobello Market in Notting Hill

London’s Portobello Market is one of the most famous street markets in the world. Located on the Portobello Street itself, it is the vibrant hub of Notting Hill.

Portobello market has a long history and began as a fresh-food market in the 19th century. The shops are lining along the whole street and it’s the charm of the colorful Victorian townhouses that turns the Portobello Road into a special vintage shopping experience.

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Brick Lane Market & Boxpark in Shoreditch

Today we visited the Brick Lane Market in Shoreditch. It’s a typical Sunday flea-market with a range of vintage clothes, furniture, music and other goods. The market takes place from 8am to 2pm every Sunday and the nearest tube station is Aldgate East.

The market spreads along the Brick Lane and spills out onto the side streets. Actually, we were very disappointed today. We rather found a lot of junk and anything for sale than unique vintage pieces for our closet. The streets are also quite dirty and I really missed the typical London market atmosphere. If you’re looking for special vintage bargains I’d rather recommend you to visit the Camden Market or the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

We decided to leave the market and to visit Boxpark, the first pop-up mall in the heart of East London. The concept is easy and unique: Shipping containers are refitted to low-cost ‘box-shops’, including international fashion and lifestyle brands, cafes and galleries. The Popup Mall will only stay in Shoreditch for five years. Afterwards it will literally ‘pop up’ anywhere else in the world. A great idea and definitely worth visiting, if you want to explore one of London’s upcoming areas. Boxpark is located directly next to Shoreditch High Street Overground Station.

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Kate Who? Celebrity Shirts from Camden Town

At the market in Camden Town you find all sorts of printed celebrity shirts: Heidi Klum, Audrey Hepburn, Adriana Lima or Johnny Depp. My sister and I were looking for a shirt with a sexy Kate Moss print. Entering one of the stores we asked for it and got following incredible answer:

“Kate WHO?”

“Kate Moss, the international fashion model.”

“Ahh, Kate Moss, the German model, right?”

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Vintage treasures at London’s Kingly Court

When you go on a city sightseeing trip, what do you want to see? The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Buckingham Palace in London? Let’s be honest. There’s nothing better than going on a real discovery journey. And I don’t mean to drive with one of those red busses from Big Ben to Piccadilly Circus. No! I talk about exploring a city’s life behind it’s touristic facade. This good feeling of letting the guidebook in the bag for a second and pierce into this tiny little yard, which seems so abandoned and still so lovely. One of them is the Kingly Court right behind the famous Carnaby Street.

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Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair in Notting Hill

Looking for some special treasures my friend Franzi and I decided to visit London’s Portobello Market today. And our visit turned out to be full of vintage surprises.

Walking through the colorful streets of Notting Hill, a nice young lady gave us a flyer and showed us the way to Anita’s vintage fashion fair. The special market takes place a couple of times a year and luckily we were right on the spot for the last event in Notting Hill this year.