Portobello Road is London’s coolest address

Portobello Road Market is a convenient stopping point for residents in the nearby mews streets
Portobello Road Market is a convenient stopping point for residents in the nearby mews streets

“Portobello Road, Portobello Road, street where the riches of ages are stowed. Anything and everything a chap can unload is sold off the barrow in Portobello Road.”

Not much has changed since this was penned for Disney’s Bedknobs & Broomsticks. Portobello remains an extraordinary area where all nations and social classes mix seamlessly making it unquestionably one of the coolest and friendliest addresses in London.

Running off Portobello Road there are 11 mews streets each as different as the next. Being closer to Notting Hill, the southerly mews streets generally command higher prices than the most northerly but all are highly prized. What happens along Portobello Road is hugely influential, not solely impacting the desirability but also the value of neighbouring streets.

Portobello Road and Warren Todd

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the potential loss of the street market and the antiques arcades through redevelopment. The supposed ‘villain of the peace’ is property investor Warren Todd. Campaigners have accused him of wanting to destroy the character of the area, as he did along Westbourne Grove by pushing out traders with prohibitively high rents in order to let his properties to fashion houses prepared to pay more.

Warren Todd of the Portobello Group has owned swathes of the shops along Portobello Road since the 1990’s and claims that there are many other factors at work here. Essentially that the antique business has been in recession for years, perhaps decades, making running a whole street of antique shops that remain closed for 5 days a week, untenable. His plan is to improve the area while maintaining Portobello’s character and soul and his suggestion is that the street should operate with the following rota:

MONDAY – Monthly Fairs to be well advertised
TUESDAY – Farmers Market/French Market
WEDNESDAY – Watch Fair, Jewellery, Silverware
THURSDAY – Art, Paintings, Tapestries etc.
FRIDAY – Vintage Fashion, Textiles etc.
SATURDAY – Antiques
SUNDAY – General

And I can’t help but agree with him however the campaigners are hoping that he will be distracted by his development of the nearby Whiteleys store which along with the rest of Queensway is soon to enjoy a massive injection of investment from Middle Eastern speculators.

If you’re looking for a stylish mews house for sale close to Portobello Road, let us know. We’d be delighted to arrange viewings to several magnificent period mews a stone’s throw from this legendary market

This article first appeared on Deborah Battsek PR page.

Photo Credit: Astrid

Portobello Road Market is a convenient stopping point for residents in the nearby mews streets