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Portobello Road

Liz

Shop Assistant, Goldsmith Vintage


"Everything is very mixed: the people, the type of shops, everything. It feels very relaxed. You can sense and feel that people have been here for years."

How did you end up in Portobello Road?

I moved to the area like a year and a half ago when we just found an amazing flat. I actually hadn’t ever been to Portobello until the day I went for my flat viewing but we just fell in love with it.

Why did you fall in love with it?

Compared to other markets in London, everything is very mixed: the people, the type of shops, everything. It feels very relaxed. You can sense and feel that people have been here for years. I just like the people here, the mix of tourists and the people that live here also.

Have you seen it change at all in the last year and a half?

It’s sad that very often businesses just disappear. I know people who’ve just been like, we’ve got to close now. I think it's cost. It costs a lot to rent places around here now.

How do you think it’s going to change moving forwards?

I feel like I’ve caught it in a really good patch. I’ve never really thought about the new shops taking over until recently. I arrived when it was still a lot of all the old businesses that have always been there, mixed with the new… and that’s what I like. I wouldn’t like it if it just becomes all the new chain shops.