Markets! Who doesn’t love them? In turn quirky, quaint and full of personality, a good old-fashioned market is one of the many pleasures of any European capital. And, with London being perhaps the definitive European capital, of course it boasts its own, world-renowned examples of them!
Most of these, as is common knowledge, are located in and around Portobello Road, London’s number one hub for antique chasers. However, those staying at a hotel in Kensington – or living in the area – will also want to pop into Golborne Road Market, my wonderful area of residence’s claim to fame in this field!
Located at the northern edge of Portobello Road, this street sees a different market take place every day of the week, except Sunday. These markets really do liven up the borough, attracting both tourists and Londoners keen on trying the food samples on offer and looking for affordable and attractive trinkets in the merchant stalls. I myself, whenever I am not bound by my duties at the hotel in Kensington I work for, try and go down to Golborne Road to join in the fun – and I seldom come away without having obtained some sort of bargain or, at least, tried some delicious food!
That is why, for me, it was so troubling when I first heard that the market might disappear in years to come. Fortunately, this did not come to pass, and we Kensingtonites were allowed to keep one of our quaintest features and continue to enjoy market days at Golborne Road!
Just in case something like that crosses the minds of the people in the City Council again, I make a point of recommending that guests staying at my hotel in Kensington – particularly over the weekend – head to Golborne Road and visit one of the markets that take place there. Even if you are left looking at nothing but lettuces and carrots, you will no doubt be captivated by the very particular atmosphere one of these sites evokes. And who knows? You just might find that a Kensington turnip tastes better than one from elsewhere!