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This weekend: New music, stalls and more as New Youthquake takes over Portobello!

Welcome the bank holiday weekend with a new generation of traders as the New Youthquake takes over Portobello Market and Tavistock Square.

From 10am-7pm on Saturday, 27 May and 12pm-7pm on Sunday, 28 May, some of West London’s most creative and entrepreneurial young people will be pitching up with food, fashion, art, homewares and more, as well as live music performances from 12pm-5pm.

New Youthquake is part of the national Love Your Local Market celebrations in Kensington and Chelsea where the focus is on youth culture. Portobello and Golborne Road Market is taking inspiration from ‘Youthquake’, a term coined by British Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland in 1965 to describe a London-centred movement of youth-led music and fashion. New Youthquake aims to re-kindle and expand on that movement by giving opportunities to West London’s young business minds and creative talent.

And New Youthquake doesn’t stop at this weekend! There are a whole host of activities and events including the Love Your Local Market 16-25 video competition with a showing at the Portobello Film Festival as the prize for the winner. For more information, and to enter, please visit the Portobello and Golborne Markets website.


Portobello Live! The heart and art of West London: 30 April – 1 May

Portobello Live! returns to North Kensington for the third year running, bringing some of the best of West London music, cabaret, spoken word, performance and art.

Held over the May Day bank holiday, this year’s festival also takes a retrospective look at Rock Against Racism, a movement which sprang into life 40 years ago.

A stunning line up of new bands, performers, rock royalty and special guests will play out across the stages of Portobello’s iconic pubs, clubs and venues. This year, punk performance poet John Cooper Clarke is a headline act, along with Bandante (The Bad Seeds), Glen Matlock (the Sex Pistols), The Egg, Youth, Salad Undressed, Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (Curiosity Killed The Cat), Don Letts, Rusty Egan and Noel Watson, with more to be announced.

Portobello Live! is embedded in the community, and the ‘It’s Behind You’ exhibition looks back over 25 years of the iconic Portobello Panto while local music academy The Rhythm Studio will hold drumming sessions.

Rock Against Racism photographer Syd Shelton will also reflect on the movement which came to public attention 40 years ago through music and marches, or ‘carnivals’, inspired by Notting Hill’s annual event. Portobello Live! also features the Oasis World Choir, composed of refugees from Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan.

Full access to all acts and venues can be obtained with a wristband (that is substantially cheaper than other weekend festivals!), and under 16s go free. All tickets can be booked online via the Portobello Live! website.

Getting a Healthy Start on Portobello and Golborne Market…

Kensington and Chelsea families – are you part of the Healthy Start scheme, or think you may be eligible? If so, then good news as the fruit and vegetable stalls along Portobello and Golborne Road have signed up to accept Healthy Start vouchers!

Launched on Friday, 20 January, the following stalls are now accepting Healthy Start vouchers:


At the launch, market shoppers were also treated to a special Healthy Start promotion stall that was organised by Go Golborne and Mytime Active that provided samples of healthy recipes made with fresh ingredients from the market.

Cllrs Monica Press, Tim Ahern and Emma Dent Coad with the ‘Mushroom Man’, Tom Dean to celebrate the launch of Healthy Start in Portobello.

The NHS Healthy Start scheme provides vouchers to families with young children who are on a low income to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk.

To find out more about the scheme, and if you’re eligibile, please visit

Community Safety: Have a Cuppa with a Coppa in Golborne ward…

Do you live, work, shop or study in Golborne ward and want to find out more about local policing? If so, you can do this over a Cuppa with a Coppa or by attending a street briefing or advice surgery over the coming weeks…

Cuppa with a Coppa

10/03/17 – Cafe O’Porto on Golborne Road (W10)

Street Briefings

24/02/17 – Southern Row (W10), 5pm-7pm

22/03/17 – Acklam Road/BaySixty6, 5pm-7pm

Ward panels and Advice

28/01/17 – Street Surgery @ Portobello Road/Radington Road, 4pm-5pm

15/02/17 – WARD PANEL MEETING – Kensal House, Adair Road W10, 6pm-7pm

19/02/17 – Advice Surgery – Horniman Park, Kensal Road, 2pm-4pm

Other opportunities

22/01/17 – Wornington Road/ Portobello Hall, 2pm-4pm

08/02/17 – Crime preventation stall – Trellick Tower/William Hill, Golborne Road, 4pm-6pm

17/03/17 – Youth engagement – Trellick Tower Youth Centre, Golborne Road, 5pm-6pm

03/03/17 – Malvern Close/Wornington Road, 6pm-8pm


Each ward in Kensington and Chelsea has a Safer Neighbourhood Team that can be contacted about local policing issues. To contact the Golborne SNT Team do telephone 020 8721 3026 or email . Contact details for each Safer Neighbourhood Team can be found on the RBKC website.

Call for submissions: Portobello Wall Public Art Installation

Artists! The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is announcing the next commission for the Portobello Road North Wall public art project. The theme for the commission is Moving Image, Film and North Kensington.

For guidance only, the West London Film Network site gives an idea of the richness of the film history in the area.

The new commission will be installed in June 2017 and remain in situ for 12 months. The commissioned work must be:

  • new work and a unified composition or with a linked theme;
  • striking and impactful to people walking the road;
  • site-specific;
  • inspired by the local area;
  • suitable for outdoor use; and
  • temporary.

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by Friday, 10 February 2017.

For further information do visit the RBKC Arts service or email the Arts service. You can also check out the video below featuring the current installation, Opposites by Albert Kueh…

There’s still time left to trek the Portobello Toddy Trail…

With the Christmas countdown well and truly underway, what better time than to wander the streets of Portobello and take part in the Portobello Cafe Society‘s Toddy Trail. A host of market stalls and businesses are offering a range of discount and treats – as well as the chance to enter a prize draw when you grab a Toddy Trail map for the Street Trading Office or a participating outlet…


Twenty-one traders are taking part, with offers on donuts, scones, cocktails, rum punch, Portobello Brewery lager, pale ale, and more! Not to mention seasonal lashings of mulled wine, Danish akvavit, festive Sicilian street food, mince pies, Christmas smoothies and Hot Toddy ice cream…

Participating Portobello businesses include: Barista’s Fusion, Bay 58 Bar at Acklam Village, Book and Kitchen, BRT Vinyl Café, The Castle, The Chipping Forecast, Coffee Plant, Earl of Lonsdale, Happy Donuts, Joe & the Juice, Lisa’s Kitchen & Bar, Moon Karma, Panella London at Goldfinger Factory, Pedalshed, Portobello Gold, The Rum Kitchen Notting Hill, Sabani Linens, Second Cup Portobello, Tea’s Me, Trailer Happiness, and Zayane.

As you meander along the trail, you can also collect stickers at a participating place to win two tickets to the Electric Cinema plus a 500ml tub of Jude’s Laphroaig Hot Toddy ice cream. Collect five stickers, fill in your contact details and drop the Toddy Trail Flyer at the Market Street Trading Office (72 Tavistock Road, W11 1AN) by 1pm, Wednesday 28 December to be in with a chance!

She’s Behind You! Help Crowdfund the 25th anniversary Portobello Pantomime production of The Snow Queen

The Portobello Pantomime are crowdfunding their 25th Anniversary show this year – a modern take on Han’s Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. Supporters of this well-loved and well received west London tradition have until December 14 to raise just over £5,700 to help the production cover essential costs such as costume hire, set building and publicity.

The production is made possible by hard working and dedicated volunteers, while all box office profits will be given to The Shepherd’s Bush Families Project and Solace Women’s Aid.

So, click on the link to make your pledge and read all about this year’s production below:




The Tabernacle (W11 2AY) – 14 – 17 December 2016.

The village of Portobello is a small, parochial kind of place, and the Elders work hard to keep it that way: mirrors, outsiders and smartphones are all banned. But when the malevolent Snow Queen and her narcissistic harem take their quest to gain more followers to the village, Portobello’s insulated idyll comes under threat.

This year’s Panto is a 21st Century update of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale. It also sees the return of the Panto’s founding mother Anna Chancellor, who will be calling the shots from the dugout. If technology is a drug – and sometimes it feels like one – then what, precisely are the side effects? All will be revealed at the Tab this Christmas…

For ticketing information, do visit the Tabernacle’s website.

Create, shop and play at the Portobello Winter Festival, 2-4 December 2016…

Kensington dwellers and market buyers and sellers! The first, free Portobello Winter Festival comes to the Green for a weekend of music, craft, food, drink and festive delights…

Taking place from 10am-8pm from Friday, 2 December to Sunday, 4 December, Portobello Green (W10 5TZ), the festival will feature the following (and many more!):

  • A Children’s Grotto and Activity-Land including performances from Irish dancers, live orchestras, beatboxers and choirs
  • The Vintage Clothes Market and traditional Christmas stalls
  • Kindred Studios exclusive designer-maker pop-ups and gift wrapping from sculptors, fashion designers, ceramicists, jewellers and more
  • Acklam Village Winter’s Tale and a Christmas rum shack
  • Winter Carnival Sessions on Sunday from 12noon, featuring Ebony and Mangrove Steelbands and the Soca Divettes
  • Charity/Fundraising Gift Wrap Stall in Tavistock Square

For more information, including stall enquiries and volunteer opportunities, do visit the Westway Trust’s website.

The Portobello Film Festival turns 21! 1 – 18 September, 2016

The fantastic, free and independent Portobello Film Festival returns in September to North Kensington to celebrate it’s 21st birthday!

Although it may be a little older, the ‘wild child’ of film festivals is showing no signs of moving away from the ethos of free, high quality local and international film that has made it the biggest celebration of independent film in Europe.

Running from 1-18 September, all events are free to attend in venues across North Ken such as the KPH, Muse Gallery and Acklam Village.

The Festival has been influential in the careers of many actors and filmmakers, including Shane Meadows and Guy Ritchie and showcases films from across the globe, with treats this year coming from Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Iran and beyond. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite a few City Living, Local Life-supported films have made their way into the programme too (Friday, 2nd September @ KPH!).

So, if you’re an indie film regular, or just want to sample some leading local and international film competing for one of the 10 Golden Trellicks (below), then check out the itinerary on the Portobello Film Festival website –


Historic Pubs of Portobello: Walk and Talk with the Kensington Society

Join the Kensington Society on Wednesday, 6 July for an evening tour of the historical pubs of Portobello.

Led by heritage guide and pub aficionado, Dale Ingram, the walk will begin at 6:15pm (for 6:30 start) from the front of the Earl of Lonsdale (the corner of Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road).

Tickets are £25 for non-Kensington Society members (£20 for members) and can be booked on the Kensington Society’s website. The ticket price includes stops for refreshments at two of the fine drinking establishments.

People of Portobello: Capturing the culture and community of Portobello Road

Thanks to Colville Community History’s Tom Vague for bringing this project to Cuppa reader’s attention!

It only takes a few steps from Notting Hill Gate, or a quick hop from Ladbroke Grove Underground for first-time visitors to realise that Portobello Road is a place buzzing with culture, history, diversity and community. People of Portobello ( aims to capture this buzz through a photographic library and supporting interviews with the people who make, and have made, Portobello Road and the surrounding area what it is today.

As the People of Portobello team say…

There are few places in the world encapsulating such a harmonious diversity and collection of amazing characters as Portobello, whether it be different personalities, languages, races, cultures, bank account sizes, religions or philosophies on life…

…People of Portobello has two key purposes: firstly, it is intended as a celebration of the wonderful collection of people that make the life in the community so enjoyable; secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it is also a message on the importance of diversity and a real life example of where this can work so well

So do check out the great photographs and local stories at, keep up-to-date on Facebook (, follow them on Twitter @PoPortobello and Instagram…

Free meditation classes every Saturday @ Portobello Juice…

Explore your mind and body with Sahaja Yoga that aims to reduce stress, increase wellness and bring better focus free of charge at Portobello Juice Cafe, 297 Portobello Road, W10 5TD.

Based upon Kundalini energy, the free sessions run from 3pm-4pm. For more information check out the Sahaja Yoga website or contact Andre Petrolo at

Eat the Rainbow with Go Golborne this month…

Red and yellow and think of green, purple, orange and blue…

Go Golborne, the local campaign to support children and families to eat well, keep active and feel good, have teamed up with Portobello and Golborne Road Market to launch a new photo competition to capture the colours of the rainbow through the nutrient-packed fruit and veg on offer at the market.

The competition kicked off on 12 February capturing all things red, but there’s still time to enter to show off your photography skills and culinary delights while being in with the chance to win a prize:

Yellow –  26 February -3 March, Green – 4-10 March, Blue/Purple – 11-17 March

To enter, simply Instagram or Tweet your pictures using #pogoeattherainbow and @rbkcmarkets. If you don’t use Instagram or Twitter, you can email your pictures to

All prize winners will be announced at the Go Golborne Rainbow Day Pop-up Party!

Taking place on Saturday, 26 March, Portobello Square will be turning up the colour from 12-3pm with free games and activities for children including fruit and veg kebab making, face painting and arts and crafts. At 1pm calypso musician Alexander D Great will be performing the 5 A DAY Your Way! song along with local children.

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Tomorrow's the first day of #ORANGE week in our #pogoeattherainbow photo contest! To enter, take a picture at Portobello & Golborne Road market (or of healthy meals prepared at home with market ingredients) that features the colour of the week and share it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, being sure to tag @rbkcmarkets and use #pogoeattherainbow. The weekly colour schedule is: 12-18 February RED; 19-25 February ORANGE; 26 February-3 March YELLOW; 4-10 March GREEN; and 11-17 March BLUE/PURPLE. Winners will be announced at Rainbow Day, Saturday 26 March 2016 between 12 noon and 3pm in Tavistock Square W11. Tip of the hat to @unsqgreenmarket for their inspiration 😉🌈

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More information, news and resources from Go Golborne can be found on their website.

Are you registered to vote in the upcoming elections?

Voters! The National Voter Registration Drive kicks off from February 1-7 2016 and the Electoral Services team at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are taking the opportunity to ensure that as many eligible residents as possible are on the Electoral Register so that they can vote in the London Mayoral Elections, on Thursday 5 May 2016, and any future elections where they are eligible to cast their vote.

You need to be on the Electoral Register by no later than Monday 18 April 2016 if you want to vote at the London Mayoral Elections and have your voice heard about issues in London that matter to you.  At the elections you will be able to vote for each for the following:

  1. the Mayor of London;
  2. the Constituency member for West Central (which is made up of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council); and/or
  3. a London wide member of the London Assembly.

So, if you have any questions about registering to vote, the Electoral Services team will be hosting stalls on Thursday 4 February at :

  • North Kensington Library:  10 am – 12 pm
  • Kensington Central Library:  2pm – 4:30 pm

The Community Engagement Team will also be pitching up at Portobello Green Market on Friday 5 February until 4 pm. 

Come along and meet the teams, find out more about the electoral process and register to vote if you haven’t already – you can register on the spot if you bring your national insurance number with you.

If you cannot make the above events and are not sure if you are on the register you can email the Electoral Services Team at or telephone 020 7361 3444.

Artists! Public art commission: Portobello wall

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea announces a call to artists for submissions to the InTRANSIT Festival 2016, which this year includes the Portobello Wall Public Art installation….

About the Portobello Wall Public Art Project

For many years, this particular wall was perceived as a ‘dead space’, marking the end of the journey along Portobello Road. The art installation provides an invitation for visitors to carry on their journey along the road and discover the vibrant Golborne area, and creates a visual link between two of the most well known market areas in London: Portobello Road Market and Golborne Road Market. You can find out more about the Portobello Wall Public Art project here.

About this year’s commission

This year sees the Portobello wall commission and the Council’s InTRANSIT Festival, share the theme of “Strange Bedfellows: The Attraction of Opposites”. The art will be installed for nine months, launching Friday 17 June 2016, to coincide with the opening of the InTRANSIT Festival.

The Royal Borough’s Arts Service invites submissions for this commission across a wide range of appropriate visual arts media, which engage with this theme or the distinctive character of InTRANSIT Festival. You can find out more about the InTRANSIT Festival here.

Please make sure you read the full brief on submitting a proposal for the Portobello Wall Public Art installation here.

The deadline for submissions for the Portobello Wall Public Art commission is 12 noon on Friday 12 February 2016 to be sent by email to John Hampson, Senior Strategy Officer, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Arts Service 020 7361 3204.

Help Portobello and Golborne Road Market become Britain’s favourite!

Love Portobello and Golborne Road Market? Then why not share the love in the vote for Britain’s favourite with Love Your Local Market.

There are two ways to vote (and you can vote more than once!):

Online Vote (enter ‘Portobello and Golborne Road Market’ as many times as you like)

Facebook Vote  (everyone is allowed to cast one vote per day)

Voting closes on 31 December 2015.

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Portobello’s Christmas Shopping Passport launches!

Gift grabbers and present perusers – the festive period is well underway at Portobello and Golborne Road Market with the lights switching on and the Christmas Shopping Passport launching.


With Portobello’s Christmas Passport, you have until Christmas Eve to shop at the 24 fantastic independent stalls and stores taking part for your chance to win a host of goodies donated by the participating businesses.

Every time you shop at one of the participating 12 stalls and 12 stores, you will collect a stamp for spending  £5 and another if you spend £10 or more. Once you’ve collected 5 stamps, simply fill in your details and leave it with the shopkeeper and stallholder and you will be entered into the prize draws!

The main prize draws of goodies (worth at least £100 each) will be made on 9 January but for those fleet footed shoppers who fill in their passport by 4 December there are extra prize draws for 5x£20 shopping vouchers on Small Business Saturday (5 December).

For more information and a list of participating retailers visit:

And that’s not all! There will be Christmas treats galore at the market, including live music at Portobello Green on Thursday December 3 from 2.30pm-9pm and the Salvation Army brass band will perform outside the Salvation Army hall on Small Business Saturday. But for those of you who can’t wait, check out the local a capella singing group, The Treblemakers at the Christmas switch-on…


Team Kensington and Chelsea: On the beat with Special Constables

One of the many ways to volunteer your time and get involved in community life in Kensington and Chelsea is to become a Special Constable. ‘Specials’ work alongside police officers and have not only the same uniform, but the same powers as they help to reduce crime, the fear of crime and form a vital link between the police and the community.

Through our Team Kensington and Chelsea initiative, we followed our local team on their beat around Portobello.

So, check out the video below and if it inspires you to make a difference locally visit to find out how you can!

Thank you to all of the Special Constables who took part and showed us what it’s like to be a Special!

City Living Local Life: Fox Primary star in The Children of Portobello and Golborne

With thanks in part to Campden councillors through City Living, Local Life, a dynamic short documentary was aired at the Portobello Film Fesitval in September 2015.  The film, The Children Of Portobello and Golborne directed by Darren O’Mahoney & produced by Alison Aylen, saw local school children explore the vibrant multicultural community of their local markets.

Photo: Food Explorers
Photo: Food Explorers

This lighthearted film, created with children & for children, tells the story of the immigrant arrivals to the area over the last 150 years. As the students search for the answers to their multitude of questions they experience the bustle of the market and its people first-hand. The children discover how Portobello was changed forever with the arrivals of the Spanish community after the Civil War with their olive oil, paella and chorizo, the Moroccans with their exotic
spices and tagines and then Caribbean people and flavours in the 1960s. Through meeting these colourful local characters and devouring the multicultural food the students start to discover what makes Portobello and Golborne Markets so unique.

This short film is part of a research project led by the Food Explorers in partnership with the Hammersmith and Fulham Urban Studies Centre (HFUSC), which is set to run in schools throughout Kensington and Chelsea over the next few years to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Portobello and Golborne Markets.  An interactive map, exhibition and historical guide have all been developed with students from Fox and Bevington Primary Schools to support the new curriculum.

Photo: Food explorers

As Food Explorers Director and film producer Alison Aylen explains, “We are very excited that our film was showed at the Portobello Film Festival.  This film follows the childrens’ journey as they learn about their local market history and community.  It is a celebration of these thriving street markets and the diversity of its people and delicious food.  These markets are something to be treasured and nurtured in the years to come.”

Film footage was also collected from a unique four-school wide Food Explorers tasting event that took place in June where children got to taste a wide array of fresh market fruit and vegetables in addition to sampling international foods from local food businesses such as Jay Dee’s Caribbean, Falafel King, La Plaza & La Bodega, George’s Fisheries, Provenance Butchers & stall-holder Cheryl Devlin.

As well as CLLL Campden, funding for this film was being provided by the Heritage Foundation and RBKC Markets.

CLLL: Colville Community History’s latest newsletter out now for download….

The City Living, Local Life-supported Colville Community History Project’s thirteenth newsletter, The Sound of the Westway, is now available for download.

This edition charts the evolution of the music scene at Portobello Green and Acklam Hall through prog rock in the 70’s, the founding of the Carnival stage, Joe Strummer’s early gigs and the role of music in overcoming the Notting Hill riots.

So, catch-up on some local history and download the Colville Community History Project, Issue 13 [pdf].

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