Places: Portobello Road, Portobello Road

“Street where the riches of ages are stowed. Anything and everything a chap can unload, is sold off the barrow in Portobello road.”

Loved this sign!

Yes, “you’ll find what you want in the Portobello road!”

But we didn’t. My wife and I visited the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in September of 2018 to walk the pavements of this old road, made famous in the song from the Disney Classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Sung by Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson, the song Portobello Road always made me want to visit this historic spot and shop for my own ‘artifacts to glorify (my) regal abode’.

And finally I was in England! The problem was we could only visit on a weekday, and the real markets don’t open until the weekend, mainly Saturdays.

Still a busy street filled with interest

There were many permanent shops that were, to say the least, unusual. Others didn’t quite live up to these words from our feature song:

“There’s pure inspiration in every creation. No cheap imitations, not here in me store.”

Well, that may have been true during the 1940’s, the period of the film. But now, it’s cheap creations straight from China!

World Famous tourist trap

If we had been there on a Saturday, the spots pictured below would have been full:

Fancy a spot for a table?

Other shops were just purr-fect:

Guard Cat sleeping on the job

I wonder if she purrs with an accent?

All in all, it was still a thrill to visit an actual place featured in an old Disney movie. And although we didn’t find any ‘tokens and treasures’ or ‘yesterday’s pleasures’ in the stores we visited, we did make memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Looking a right Squire at a sidewalk café

So I was able to cross off another place to visit from my Disney Bucket List. This one may have been ‘dented and tarnished, scarred and unvarnished’, but I loved it just the same!

FUN FACT: Portobello Road was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Of course!

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2 Responses to Places: Portobello Road, Portobello Road

  1. Didi says:

    I learned so much from this post Lee! I wonder if the Sherman brothers got to travel here while creating? I know that’s a common practice now. Have you previously shared your Disney Bucket List? I’d love to see what’s next!

    • Lee Beatens says:

      Not sure if they would have. The movie came out in 1971, so it would have been a little different than depicted in the film for sure!

      I haven’t shared a Disney Bucket List yet, but it’s a good idea for a post!

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