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English folk art and taxidermy - Stewart TucknissWith a shop full of stuffed foxes and model soldiers, Stewart Tuckniss is one of the most intriguing specialist dealers in Portobello.

Stewart Tuckniss has been trading at Portobello Road for the last ten years. He was drawn here because of the atmosphere, the crowds and its unshakeable reputation as the best place to buy and trade antiques.
Specialist dealers share their top tipsWhat should you be investing in now? We ask the experts...
Amazing findsPortobello iz home to hidden treasure as these dealers reveal.
The antique dealer Captain BobCaptain Bob is one of the great characters of Portobello Road, with a long history in the antiques trade... and, as Rachel Surtees discovers, an even longer memory.

If you stumble across the Captain's Corner in The Red Lion arcade, you'll immediately realise you're in the presence of one of the great Portobello characters they talk so much about. "They call me Captain Bob, but I'm actually a fraud," he says. "Some of my items might be spurious, and they are often curious. You may like to know that I talk in rhyme, much of the time."
How to spot a bargainWhether you're after a fine antique, a gap in your collection or a yet to be discovered masterpiece, the same basic rules apply, advises Angela Linforth, editor of BBC Homes & Antiques magazine. So read her ten-point plan and brave the throng...
Portobello Road, 1904 - 2009Portobello Road, cl904. George Portwine the butcher had 173-175, on the right. The semi obscured name and stained-glass shopfront is still here today, leading into Portwine Galleries. Mrs Rosetta Virgo had an oil shop at 163 which later became Harris's stores, specialising in selling prams, before becoming Harris's Arcade.

Look above The Red Lion Antiques Market at 165-169 Portobello Road to see a sign to commemorate Susan Garth, who launched London's first antiques market on this site. Tailor Jacob Winner was offering all the trimmings here in 1904. By 1910 he had expanded next door, having taken over Mrs Emma Downs' eel pie house.
The story of PortobelloPortobello Road's extraordinary mix of antique dealers, quirky arcades and fashion stalls that jostle with barrows of fruit and veg draws people from around the globe. But it wasn't always like this. Tim Burke charts its history, while Hermione Cameron, author of Notting Hill: Behind The Scenes, contrasts images of the street captured 100 years ago with present-day photographs taken from the same spot by Andrew Sims.
Portobello peopleThe perfect place for people watching. See and be seen on Portobello Road.
A walk down Portobello (part two)«Getting hung up all day on smiles walking down Portobello Road for miles»
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«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
A walk down PortobelloAt first sight, Portobello can seem like one long mile of hustle and bustle, yet it's worth taking a little pause for thought to discover what made Portobello Market and Notting Hill the world-famous destination it is today. Allow up to two hours on a busy day, and be sure to take a well-earned tea or coffee break.