Notting Hill & Portobello Market

(22 customer reviews)

Holland Park underground station, London

Guided by Brian or Claire or Richard III or Tom

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Saturday Weekly 10.45 am 12.45 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

Short read: This is reconnaissance on the razzle – the search-party that syncopates.

Short listen: Meet your guide, let him tell you a little bit about this tour – about Notting Hill and Portobello Road! It’s Tom’s podcast about the walk.  It’s a good listen. Tom’s a barrister (a “recovering lawyer”) and ace Blue Badge guide. He’s fun, witty, engaging, friendly, whip-smart, charming – what’s not to like.

And as long as we’re at it, meet your other guide. This podcast is a clip from Richard III’s Notting Hill & Holland Park Virtual Tour. It’ll make you want to go on it (the Virtual Tour) and on the outdoor, shoe-leather-on-pavement Notting Hill and Portobello Market walk.

Long read: Because Notting Hill on a Saturday morning – market morning! – is curious and colourful, offbeat and yeasty. Here you walk with a ticket of freedom – a pass to scintillating escarpments. Just consider what’s squeezed out onto the palette this hillside: swells and scruffs; market stalls and scandal; Jimi Hendrix and Carnival; Cut-Throat Alley and Victorian Gothic; Madonna and Hugh Grant (let alone Julia Roberts and that bookshop); cottages, potteries and piggeries; colour washed mews and cab shelters and a racecourse and the gout route to Bath and butchers in straw hats and an invisible boundary between the present and the past… Magic! Guided by Tom, Brian or Richard IIIN.B. the Notting Hill & Portobello Market Walk ends in Portobello Market, very near Notting Hill Gate Tube Stop.

Hugh Grant read: “…the world I live in. Which is here – Notting Hill – not a bad place to be. There’s the market on weekdays, selling every fruit and vegetable known to man. The tattoo parlour – with a guy outside who got drunk and now can’t remember why he chose ‘I love Ken.’ The radical hair-dressers where everyone comes out looking like the Cookie Monster, whether they like it or not. Then suddenly it’s the weekend, and from break of day, hundreds of stalls appear out of nowhere, filling Portobello Road right up to Notting Hill Gate and thousands of people buy millions of antiques, some genuine and some not so genuine. So this is where I spend my days and years – in this small village in the middle of a city…”


The Notting Hill & Portobello Market walk takes place every Saturday at 10.45 am. Meet Tom MBE, Brian or Richard III just outside the exit of Holland Park Tube.


Don’t just take it from us…



If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, Notting Hill & Portobello Market it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Notting Hill & Portobello Market walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


Don’t just take it from us.


22 reviews for Notting Hill & Portobello Market

  1. Dianne Mawby

    We did this wonderful walking tour with Brian last Saturday! It was just great – loads of good stories, historical facts and many points of interest – Brian has such a witty and interesting way to share knowledge! Thank you Brian we loved the tour it was outstanding !

  2. Jill A.

    We took the Notting Hill tour with Richard III on April 6. Richard is a wonderful tour guide who has a deep knowledge of the history, architecture and culture of the area. His approach to guiding was spot-on with an appreciation for the subjects blended with a dry sense of humor. When we got to the market area, it was so busy (it was Saturday)and crowded (with other tourists) but Richard easily guided us to the final stops on our tour. This was a very fun tour.

  3. Carolyn

    We thoroughly enjoyed this walk with Richard 111. He was very informative on the Victorian history of the area and the grand mansions and mews house in Holland Park. He gave interesting stories about the more recent celebrity residents and stunning house valuations. There were a number of Blue Plaques to see including the home of Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst. He led us along Portobello Road Market and then left us to explore on our own with a short walk back to Nottinghill Gate Tube station. I would totally recommend.

  4. Doug D’Argenio

    Claire was fantastic! Lovely personality and chock full of very interesting information! We’ll be back for other tours for sure!

  5. Magda

    Brian was very engaging: he accompanied us through very interesting walk, full of facts and stories transferred with a smart sense of humour. Great experience!

  6. Kathi

    Very much enjoyed this walk, led by Richard with his dry sense of humour and wry smile. If I had a criticism, it’s that I am not that interested in Richard Curtis films, but it was billed as covering this topic, so that is my fault., The history and architecture parts were fascinating and I walked round a whole area of London I have never been to before. Would recommend, especially to rom-com fans.

  7. Sharon

    Richard III brings Notting Hill to life with interesting and funny stories delivered impeccably. He is smart, funny, and engaging, with a twinkle in his eye you don’t see coming at first. Honestly, he was the best thing about the tour and I would go on any tour he was leading. Ending in Portobello Market was terrific; a fun place to walk about, look at, and eat.

  8. Diane

    We walked through Notting Hill to Portobello market with Richard 111. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk, Richard was interesting and engaging with a gentle dry wit and extensive knowledge of the area and its history.

  9. Bruce Hislop

    A wonderful and interesting walk with Claire around the upper and lower classes of a changing area of London finishing at the famous Portabello Market with a murder or two along the way.

  10. E Beazley

    We toured Notting Hill with Richard III on 16 Sep. He provided an excellent overview of the origins and development of Holland Park, Notting Hill, and the Portobello Market. In two hours you travel from the mansions of Holland Park (we didn’t see Madonna, but Celia Imrie did wander by) through Notting Hill and arrive in the hurly-burly of the market on Portobello Road. Along the way Richard told many interesting stories about the neighborhoods through which we were passing, and he had several funny anecdotes about the movie Notting Hill–if you buy a home in Notting Hill, do NOT paint your front door blue. Don’t bother with the movie–go on this walk and see the real Notting Hill with Richard III.

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