One of the reasons we decided to stay in Notting Hill is because we love the movie Notting Hill. Do you remember the scene in the movie, that in order to show how much time has passed by, you see Hugh Grant walking through a market? Well that market is the Portobello Market and we visited it during Day Four, enjoying a big brunch and sweets.
The Portobello Market offers a lot: antiques, clothes, trinkets, produce, and street food, in addition to all of the shops and cafes locatedo on Portobello Road. So first we did a long walk down the road, deciding on grilled cheeses and duck confit sandwiches for breakfast from the many street food stands. After eating our breakfast we needed coffee and headed to Coffee Plant, an organic fairtrade coffee shop in Notting Hill, for a pick me up. After coffee I couldn’t leave Portobello Road without stopping by the original Hummingbird Bakery! Definitely worth the long wait in line for my red velvet whoopie pie!
Day Four was really a market day for us. After leaving the Portobello Market we headed to Camden Lock for the Camden Market, where Amy Winehouse used to work selling clothes. Normally I find most markets interchangable, but the Camden Market was really special. There is a such a young, international, artistic vibe. Although super crowded, it was a lot of fun to visit! Even though we ate at the Portobello Market, we couldn’t leave Camden Town without getting food from one of the stalls. In the end we decided on a fresh juice and jerk chicken with plantains – yum! Definitely plan on coming hungry if you plan to visit! In addition to every sort of food imaginable, there are also a lot of cool stalls with art, music, clothes and jewelry throughout.
Now we were really full and cold (it was the coldest day of our trip!), so we headed further to the center to the Tate Modern. We had a few hours to spend visiting the modern art gallery looking at the works of Picasso, Dali, Malevich, and Modrian amongst others.
After the Tate Modern, we went for a walk across the London Bridge to take the bus back to Chelsea for dinner at The Painted Heron. Delicious! I mean, can you really visit London without eating at least one Indian meal?