secret streets – golborne road W10

1 May

Portobello Road Market on a Saturday is full of Italian tourists spending that overly inflated Euro or die hard Hugh Grant fans on the lookout for their foppish prince (if you fall into this category, he does not actually live in Notting Hill – we have only ever seen him once, at the Electric Cinema chuckling at Keira Knightley’s acting in A Dangerous Method. True story.)

And if I had a pound for every time someone has asked me for directions to the blue door or the travel bookshop, it would be me on that Sunday Times Rich List, not Roman Abramovich.

Basically, for locals, Portobello Road is an absolute no go zone on Saturdays, which is why we often head north to Golborne Road when we don’t want to stray too far from home.

Golborne Road has traditionally been a somewhat down-at-heel Middle Eastern strip, but is slowly being gentrified. Halal butchers and clothing boutiques now sit side by side. Many cite the arrival of Pizza East as the first nail in its coffin, and local traders believe it won’t be too long before Golborne Road becomes just an extension of Portobello. For now at least, it is still a fun place to spend a Saturday (and you will more than likely see a member of the Tory cabinet!).

We usually start with an espresso and a super cheap pastry at Cafe O’Porto…

his and hers

Check out the ‘too expensive but oh man I really want one’ handbags at Ally Capellino*…

And wander through ‘antique’ shops selling the most bizarre wares imaginable…

So don’t change too much Golborne Road… we like you just the way you are. Oh, that’s Bridget Jones, not Notting Hill. Same thing.

* Ally Capellino is technically one of the ’boutiques’ mentioned above, but anywhere selling handbags gets a free pass from me.


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