Portobello Road

Portobello Road is home to one of the world's most famous antiques markets


End of an era for another Portobello antiques market

14 May 2012

It’s closing time for another antiques market in the Portobello Road area where dealers increasingly fear for the future of their trade.

Campaigners lose appeal over Admiral Vernon

10 April 2012

Seven-day trading in the basement at the Admiral Vernon Arcade has been given the green light despite fears it might sound the death knell for antiques in Portobello.

New hope in the Portobello planning battle

31 October 2011

Planning issues affecting the future of antique trading in Portobello came to a head last week as councillors and their own planning officers fell out at a public meeting in front of dozens of campaigners.

Landlords lodge appeal over Admiral Vernon

11 July 2011

Traders and residents of Portobello are rallying support to fight an appeal to allow seven-day trading at the Admiral Vernon Arcade.

Referendum bid raises stakes in battle for Portobello

06 June 2011

Supporters of the Save The Portobello Market Campaign called for a referendum on a directly elected mayor for Kensington and Chelsea.

Good Fairy closes as administrators take over

23 May 2011

Just as traders in Portobello were celebrating victory in the Admiral Vernon dispute, they heard that the Good Fairy arcade across the road had been closed as the freeholders, Carmac Portobello Ltd, had gone into administration.

New bid to gag Portobello campaigners

16 May 2011

STALLHOLDERS throughout Portobello’s arcades planned to don ‘Marion’ masks last Saturday in a mass protest over the latest turn of events in the market.

Planning victory for dealers at Portobello Road

26 April 2011

DEALERS at Portobello Road were celebrating a dramatic victory last week after the council rejected a planning application which campaigners said would have been “devastating” for the antiques market.

Seven-day trading bid delivers new threat to Portobello Road

28 February 2011

ANOTHER threat to the antiques trade on Portobello Road has been dealt with an application to open up the basement of the Admiral Vernon Arcade to seven-day trading.

What has happened to the council’s vision for Portobello?

19 July 2010

WHEN the Commission for Retail Preservation was set up by Kensington and Chelsea Council in 2006, the borough’s mayor at the time, Tim Ahern, was quoted in an official release, as follows:

Concern grows over council’s vision for Portobello as another market is lost to developers

12 July 2010

THE antiques trade in Portobello Road has suffered another blow, with the demise of The Good Fairy market now confirmed. Added to what has gone before, it calls into question Kensington and Chelsea Council’s entire vision for the borough as set out in its Core Strategy, currently being reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate, which talks time and again about how Portobello should be protected as a Special District Centre.

Portobello planning meeting set for July 6

02 July 2010

TRADERS and campaigners at Portobello Road are urging fellow dealers and members of the public to attend the planning meeting regarding the redevelopment of The Good Fairy Market taking place at Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall on Tuesday, July 6.

Owner gives notice to quit another Portobello arcade

21 June 2010

DEALERS at another antiques arcade in Portobello Road are having to vacate the centre after being given notice to quit.


A trip down Portobello Road’s memory lane

07 June 2010

A TOPICAL July release from the Antique Collectors' Club (ACC) publishing group is Portobello Road, a collection of previously unpublished photographs of the famous market taken over three years in the early 1960s by photographer John Petty.

Portobello’s Good Fairy opens its doors again

01 June 2010

AFTER being closed since early March, The Good Fairy Market in Portobello Road reopened on May 8, to the surprise of some dealers at the Saturday market.

If ‘vigorous’ council lobbying for Portobello is taking place, let’s hear more about it

11 May 2010

LAST week's letter from the deputy leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Councillor Daniel Moylan, (click here to read letter) replying to my commentary on the Portobello planning dispute in ATG No 1937, took me to task for swallowing 'uncritically the claims being made about the council' with regards to Portobello Road, 'almost as if he is unaware that there are elections on and that Portobello lies at the heart of a ward being bitterly contested by Labour and the Lib Dems'.

The council is being treated unfairly over Portobello’s planning debate

11 May 2010

THIS letter from the Deputy Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council Daniel Moylan appeared in ATG issue no. 1939, May 8.

The latest victory for small shops only serves to highlight the abandonment of Portobello

20 April 2010

It was in October 2007 that I was personally able to break the news to Costas Kleanthous that Kensington and Chelsea Council had decided to effectively create an enclave in Portobello for small shops which could act as a blueprint for other shopping and tourist destinations across Britain.

Demand for investigation on Portobello

20 April 2010

THE people of Portobello cheered at Kensington and Chelsea town hall as their local councillor demanded an investigation into “what could prove an absolute scandal” concerning the development site that now houses the local All Saints store.

Closure of Good Fairy adds to Portobello woe

22 March 2010

THE Portobello Road antiques trade have suffered another blow after the shutters finally came down on a long-established Saturday market. The early morning Good Fairy Market closed in the first week of March with no indication given that it will reopen as an antiques market.