Whether you're going shopping or just looking for a day out, the busy markets are a great way to experience the borough's vibrant local life
THE MARKETS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK:
• MONDAY through to THURSDAY Portobello and Golborne Road markets serve mostly local residents with fresh fruit and veg, day-to-day items and - in Golborne Road - an international selection of hot foods. Although the street markets close at 1pm on Thursday, there is a small book, art and plant market under the Portobello Green canopy that stays open until 5.30pm.
• FRIDAY is the busiest weekday, with a greater number and variety of stalls. A gap in street trading may exist beyond Oxford Gardens, but Golborne Road is a destination well worth the extra five minute walk. On your way, take time to inspect Natasha Mason and Teresa Crawley's photographic installation Portobello ReCollection along the long brick wall.
• SATURDAY is the busiest day by far, when the stalls, shops and arcades of the antiques section are buzzing from early morning. The rest of the markets are generally full, especially in fine weather. An eclectic mix of vintage and second-hand fashion and new goods can be found north of the Westway. This is also where the newest traders enter the markets, so don't spend all your money before you get there!
• SUNDAY the street markets are normally closed, but there is a bustling market featuring original and vintage fashion, accessories and jewellery under the Portobello Green canopy.