Event Description

Saturday 02 July 2016

9:50am - noon

Meet outside Holland Park Tube Station, Holland Park Avenue London W11 3RB


Undergraduate Summer School Students (Session 1) - Notting Hill & Portobello Market

Please note: This event is for students enrolled on the Undergraduate Summer School only.

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London’s market culture is world famous. Why not visit Notting Hill and Portobello Market and immerse yourself in the unique vibe of this area of West London? Spending a morning soaking up the unique atmosphere of the market, strolling from stall to stall, is what it feel like to be a real Londoner.

Unlocking London is proud to present this walk in partnership with London Walks – London’s oldest and best walking tour company. Our guides are true experts and can show you all the hidden gems and secrets that other tour guides may miss. In short we get ‘under the skin’ of Notting Hill and Portobello.

What the tour covers

  • Lots of lane ways, nooks and crannies that even the locals might not know about. The history of this curious, colourful and offbeat suburb - famous for swells and scruffs, market stalls and scandal.
  • Notting Hill Carnival, and Jimi Hendrix….
  • Cut Throat Alley and Victorian Gothic….
  • Madonna and Hugh Grant (let alone Julia Roberts and that bookshop)….you know, the one made famous by the movie of the same name.
  • Cottages, potteries and piggeries, colour washed mews and cab shelters
  • A race course and the gout route to Bath (intriguing), and butchers in straw hats…


The walk will start directly outside Holland Park tube station. Your guide will be holding a London Walks pamphlet. Please tell him your name and he’ll tick you off the guest list.

PLEASE NOTE: Holland Park is closed for repairs, so you will need to take the tube to Notting Hill Gate. From here, simply exit and walk down Notting Hill Gate, which will become Holland Park Avenue. You’ll hit Holland Park station in about five minutes.


  • Walks go ahead rain or shine. In case of rain please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella.
  • Please bring your email confirmation (print or mobile) as proof of purchase.
  • You may want to bring cash or a card with you as there is street food and lots of cafes and bars in this area to enjoy once you have finished your tour.
  • There are no refunds for this event once tickets have been purchased. Please don’t be late as the tour will start promptly at 10.00am.
  • This is a two hour ‘easy’ grade walk. Wheelchair-bound students are of course welcome, but terrain will be varied. Your public transport route may need to vary to take in tube stations with lifts. Please let the Programme Co-Ordinator, Shannon, know TWO SCHOOL DAYS in advance if you have mobility concerns - [email protected].

Après Tour...

The market offers vintage finds, fashion, antiques, quality souvenirs, artwork, jewellery, vinyl and knick-knacks, all at bargain prices. There are also a number of fantastic places to grab a bite and more than a few bars to grab a drink.

Shannon's Top Tips (she’s a local!)

  1. Gail’s Artisan Bakery – Delicious coffee and pastries.
  2. The Elgin (Pub) – Live music, classic British craft beers, indoor and outdoor seating.
  3. Acklam Village Street Food market – Lots of street food stalls at excellent prices. Free seating, live music and loos.
  4. Honest Burger – A burger joint, with delicious, juicy burgers (veggie and meat).
  5. The Portobello Star (Bar) - Has been serving locals since 1740. Serves ‘Portobello Road Gin’ – a specially made gin local to the area.



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