Anyone remember this movie scene . . . from Disney's 1971 classic "Bedknobs & Broomsticks"?
This movie came out when I was in 6th grade. I remember seeing this movie in the theatre -- but keeping my head down, in case any of my peers would spot me at a Disney show. I was at that . . . awkward age. Too old for Disney, and eager to go see "Love Story" instead. But. Disney it was. Anyway, I never really liked the movie (probably an adolescent automatic-aversion to anything Disney), but I always liked the Portobello Road scene. I was a dancer, and I liked watching dance scenes in movies --- so I could try to steal the steps!
Anyway. It was fun to visit Portobello Road, live, in London! Let me tell you -- it's so much cooler, and so much more colorful, than it is in the movie (even though there were no street dancers!) . . . but, the movie-song was right about one thing -- "you'll find what you're wanting on Portobello Road!"
It's antique shop heaven! From the established shops. . .
. . . to street vendors, antiques rule on Portobello Road!
At least, until you get to the market! Then, Portobello Road becomes a farmer's market, mixed in with some souvenir stands, oh. . . with a little "world market" flair!
And all of this is mixed in with charming shops! Some shops are famous and well-known, like. . .
Books for Cooks has a demonstration kitchen and restaurant in the back! Their cookbook selection is incredible. . .
And, look! It's the Travel Bookshop from the movie "Notting Hill"! We checked out the inside -- it looks just like it does in the movie. Without Hugh Grant, though. . .
The Hummingbird Bakery! It's as charming as it is sweet.
And some shops are not so famous, but equally charming. Like. . .
Bike shops! (This one is for you, Jessica.)
I didn't find any yarn shops, but I did find a couple of wonderful Scottish woolen shops that specialize in cashmere goods. No photos -- the cashmere fumes put me into a bout of camnesia. But I did come home with a scarf and gloves.
Anyway, Portobello Road has something for everyone!
You'll definitely . . . "find what you're wanting on Portobello Road!"