Well our vacation was quickly coming to an end. But we had such a great time and our last day wouldn’t disappoint. I had heard about the Portobello Road Market and we were fortunate enough to be staying within walking distance of it. The market takes place every Saturday. So we fueled up at our favorite coffee shop, Paul Rhodes, and made our way to Portobello Road.
The area of Notting Hill is really lovely. Lots of colorful townhouses and winding streets all tucked away from the hustle and bustle.
We got to the market around 9am and made our way through a myriad of stalls and shops selling antiques, food and vintage clothing. I bought a cute tote called the Notting Hill Shopping Bag, which came in various styles to choose from.
I learned that the drawings on the bags were created by local schoolchildren and proceeds benefit different Notting Hill-area charities. So now I have a cool and functional souvenir and can feel good that I gave back to charity at the same time.
After lazily strolling through the market, we went to London Bridge to get some good shots of Tower Bridge and then made our way to a cluster of used and vintage book shops in the Covent Garden/Soho area. Then it was time to go to the biggie – Harrod’s.
Harrod’s is certainly an experience. I’d say the closest thing in NY is Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s but they really can’t compare. Harrod’s is a mecca for fashion, food and fabulosity. The food hall along is enormous. We bought the requisite Harrod’s tchokes and then went up to their Christmas (!!!) shop. Although it’s only August, I was immediately put in the Christmas spirit, if only for a few minutes. And of course I had to buy a commemorative Harrod’s ornament. While there, I also bought a fabulous pair of dark pink suede ballet flats – and they just happened to be on sale!
Harrod's Christmas shop
That night we went to dinner and had another relaxing time in the city. It was an amazing trip and I’m so glad we got to experience it.