“Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old but of the natural”

Painting of the neighborhood
Painting of the neighborhood outside a restaurant nearby
Another view of the market at closing time.
Another view of the market at closing time.

My apartment in London is pretty near Portobello Road and its famous market. It is the world’s largest antique market, though it’s actually a bunch of different markets with different kinds of goods throughout the week: antiques, fruit & veg, new goods, fashions, and second-hand goods. You can catch all of the markets on Saturdays, though something is going on every day of the week. It’s fun to walk around and look at everything, though it is crazy crowded, especially on weekends. ¬†Portobello Road is also a great spot for restaurants after the market closes.

Title quote: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just one of the food stalls
Just one of the food stalls
A sample of the antiques for sale.
A sample of the antiques for sale. There are whole stalls of just antique watches or spoons or old cameras. It’s fascinating stuff.
The rather famous colored row houses at the end of Portobello Road - they seem very out of place for London.
The rather famous colored row houses at the end of Portobello Road – they seem very out of place for London.
Some of the second-hand clothes stalls
Some of the second-hand clothes stalls
This sign was in Portobello Green, the semi-permanent market section midway down the road
This sign was in Portobello Green, the semi-permanent market section midway down the road
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