Portobello Market & Little Venice

Oh, my heart! Portobello Road in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood was at the top of our list to return to during the┬áhomecoming. We indulged in the sights and smells, took as many photos as possible, and ate our way through the streets.

The market has something for everyone–antiques, records, jewelry, clothing, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, shoes–even a Green Bay Packers crewneck. I bought three vintage postcards from a darling old local, who shared with me stories behind the black and white images. Come spend a few hours or the whole day–either way you’ll leave with something meant just for you. And the food? Don’t forget to revive yourself after the search with some of the best street food.

With bellies full and backpacks stuffed with goodies, we trained north to an area called Little Venice, where brightly colored moored boats sit idle or chug slowly through the quiet, narrow canals of the neighborhood.

We typically do a lot of pre-planning to ensure we optimize our time and limit the stress of aimless wandering. And sometimes unplanned ventures take you to exactly where you need to be. On our way from Little Venice towards Regents park, we found Clifton Nurseries nestled in between two posh, Regency houses. Don’t miss the photos of the nursery cafe and green house, where my soul found existential peace and time completely stopped.

Our highlights:

  • Walking up and down Portobello Market (you could spend all day here)
  • Eating street food at the market
  • Walking along the canals in Little Venice
  • Eating, relaxing, and taking photos at Clifton Nurseries (must see if you’re in the area)
  • Walking east from Little Venice through Regent’s Park

London, where leopard print lives.

This Mediterranean quesadilla was incredible.

A church procession gathered in this square to continue celebrating Easter.
No, not paid actors, just beautiful people.

The quaint waterside dining near the heart of Little Venice.

And then we stumbled upon a secret garden…

This place I called heaven does have a name: Clifton Nurseries.

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