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A walk down Portobello (part two)
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«Getting hung up all day on smiles walking down Portobello Road for miles»
Cat Stevens

«Then suddenly it's the weekend, and from break of day, hundreds of stalls appear out of nowhere, filling Portobello Road»
Richard Curtis from the film Notting Hill

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A walk down Portobello (part two)
Further along, look above number 163, you'll see a blue plaque dedicated to Susan Garth, founder of the antique arcade. The plaque reads: "Here Susan Garth launched London's first antiques market making the Portobello Road an international institution."

A walk down Portobello (part two)
Cross the junction and the character of Portobello Road noticeably changes. Here can be found the old fashioned Kingsland butchers at number 140, and four generations of costermongers selling fruit and vegetables from barrows.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
Next to Kingsland butchers at number 142 is the Notting Hill shoe shop which took its tide from the film of the same name, and was used as the location for the bookshop owned in the film by the character played by Hugh Grant.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
On the left is the Electric Cinema, a Grade II* listed building designed in 1910 by GS Valentin. The interior was recently renovated by Peter Simon, owner of Monsoon, who began his own empire from a Portobello stall. It has a great cafe too, if you need a break.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
Refreshed, turn right into Blenheim Crescent. In 1958, the Notting Hill race riots broke out here when West Indian migrants fought off a local mob. The three-day melee resulted in the first national call for racial equality.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
Further on at number 13-15 is The Travel Bookshop. This curio, where the books are arranged geographically, was the inspiration for the store owned by Hugh Grant's character in the film Notting Hill.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
Walking back across Portobello Road, at 130 Talbot Road is another one of the area's legendary emporia, Rough Trade Records, the home of indie music since 1976.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
Head on to Portobello Road, walk up to the next junction and turn right into Westbourne Park Road. Number 280 was the site of the famous blue door from Notting Hill. The door is now black, the original having sold at auction.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
Turn back on to Portobello Road - opposite the Tesco store on the corner with Haydens Place stands a Royal Borough of Kensington bollard. David Cameron infamously had his bicycle stolen from here.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
Crossing Lancaster Road, 269 Portobello Road is the site of London's first health food shop, the legendary Ceres opened by Gregory and his brother Craig Sams - founder of Green & Blacks chocolate. It also boasted the country's first wholemeal bakery.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
The building of the Westway demolished great swathes of the area, prompting Britain's first anti-road protests. The elevated motorway inspired writers JG Ballard and Michael Moorcock and local punk band The Clash.

A walk down Portobello (part two)
One Sunday with Portobello Market in full swing, graffiti artist Banksy knocked on the door of 274d Portobello Road and asked the owner if he could spray paint his wall. The work recently sold for 200,000.

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