On our last two days in England (back in 2006) we returned to London from the Cotswolds and spent the weekend in Notting Hill so we could attend the world famous Portobello Flea Market. It was everything we had heard and more. So many vendors, so many shops, so many wonderful pieces of ephemera, and, so many old books.
One of my suitcases was devoted almost entirely to books. Old books, vintage books; books from the 1700's printed on letter press,
books from the late 1800's with gilt pages ends
and hand tooled leather covers.
Vintage stamps and coins were everywhere,
This lovely, lush cashmere scarf was the only thing I purchased at the market that wasn't vintage or antique.
And after a long morning of trolling the booths and shops, a pint and some fish and chips at The Sun in Splendor pub went down a treat!