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Portobello Road Market is one of the
most famous markets in the world and is best-known for its second-hand
and antique sections. It is one of the most visited tourist
sites in London – not least because of its regular appearances
in Hollywood films like the Disney classic "Bed knobs and
Broomsticks" and more recently "Notting Hill".
The market During the week the market has a mix of fruit and
vegetable stalls, new goods and hot food stalls. Friday the
second hand market is open and on Saturday the famous antiques
market is held towards the Southern end of Portobello Road,
near Notting Hill Gate. There are also a whole range of arcades,
galleries, shops and cafes open to cater for the flocks of visitors.
Nearest underground is Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and
Shoreditch is a mecca for trendy
young Londoners. Filled with bars, clubs and modern art
galleries, it is still a cool and contemporary place some
ten years or more since it first changed from a down and
out East End backwater into one of the most fashionable
(and expensive) places to live and hang out in London.
Brick Lane in London’s East End
has been a slum ghetto many years. In the 19th century, Jack
the Ripper roamed the area’s squalid Victorian streets.
Within the last 50 years Brick Lane became home to Bangladeshi
immigrants settling in London – filling the area with
delicious curry houses. A number of leading international artists,
including Tracey Emin and Gibert and Gearge have made the connected
areas of Shoreditch and Hoxton their home and it is now filled
with fashionable cafes, art galleries and nightclubs. This colourful
area also holds two yearly festivals - Baishakhi Mela on Sunday
15th May 2005 where the streets are pedestrianised, curry houses
and stalls spill into the street while processions file opast
and musicians play everything from traditional Bangladeshi folk
and Bollywood to Bengali rock and bhangra. The second festival
is The Brick Lane Festival in September, featuring carnival
processions and a showcase of Indian food.
The Borough Market is a weekend gourmet
retail market consisting of up to 70 stalls and stands. Producers
from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to
the market, including; fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses,
breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries.
Other stalls specialise in produce imported from abroad. The
Market frequently wins awards and has been in existence since
1014 AD. Open all day Friday and Saturday. Nearest tube/overground:
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