One of the great things about London is that you can explore something new at what feels like every turn.
Today, while deciding to go for a Sunday wander through Notting Hill, I came across the perfect weekend hangout… the Acklam Villiage Market.
The wafting smell of delicious food is what first caught my attention at the top of Portobello Road, as I’m a sucker for international street food. As I wandered over, I realised it was more than just street food… it was a whole festival happening under the Westway Flyover.
I ordered a delicious black bean, cheese and avocado option from the Venezuelan food stall and wandered farther down the path into Bar 58.
Bar 58 is an abandoned sports hall that has been turned into a music venue. According to the Acklam Village Website Bar 58, “celebrates the diverse community that exists in portobello and beyond embracing the music and artistic heritage and legacy of the area.” Notting Hill has a diverse cultural history and the cultural celebration allows you to immerse yourself in this history through food, music and art.
The Acklam Village Market takes place every weekend from 11am-7pm on Saturday and Sunday. There is always great rock ‘n’ roll tunes or live music playing inside Bar 58. Today, I got to see a great young band from Bristol, Discount Columbo, while enjoying my street food with a few drinks!
The whole atmosphere was extremely laid back and perfect for a relaxing Sunday. The bar serves everything from soft drinks, to beer, to mulled wine! Entry to the bar/market is also free, allowing to you have more money to spend on the delicious street food.
Just across from Bar 58 and the food market there is an antiques market and fashion market that you can also check out.
Of course you’re also extremely close to the rest of the wonders of Portobello Road where you can pop in and out of the various shops and cafes. And of course, if you are a fan of the movie ‘Notting Hill’ you can visit the famous blue door or the Travel Book Shop (which is really just a souvenir shop) but fun to visit anyways!
All in all, if you’re looking for a relaxing day out with a chilled out atmosphere, you should definitely take a trip to the Acklam Village Market. Not only will you taste good food and hear great music, but you’ll get to experience a little slice of local London.
To learn more about the Acklam Village Market visit here!