We changed buses at Baker Street where the view from the bus stop was dominated by the green dome of Madame Tussaud’s planetarium.
In Kensington Park Road, we found this vestige of the past, a cabmen’s shelter.
Built between 1875 and 1914 (see Cabman’s shelters, London), these provided cab drivers with a place to rest between fares and grab a bite to eat. I don’t know when this one was built but the plaque on the door explains that it was restored in 1988.
These shops near Notting Hill Gate all had “retro” in their names so I tentatively called this “Retro Corner”. If you are into retro or just thinking of going to a fancy dress party, you might find what you need here.
We continued along Pembridge Road where I spied a figure on a house roof. It was so still that I at first thought it was a dummy put there by a joker. Then it moved… Whatever he was doing, he was doing it with such slow concentration that he hardly moved from one moment to the next.
Near the beginning of Portobello Road is this trace of the past, a memorial to a long-disappeared building and decorating firm.
Then we went down Portobello Road, looking at the shops and stalls. It was not as we remembered it from its heyday. Then again, perhaps Sunday isn’t the best day to visit it when many of the antiques galleries are closed. Today’s showing was rather lacklustre.
Do you remember when these were a common sight on the roads? If you do, you’re probably not prepared to admit it! I was surprised to see one on the road and in such good condition too. It drove past later, apparently going well. There were a few ribald comments but the driver did not respond. Good for him!
If you want to get ahead or get a head, Portobello Green is the place to go, obviously. The heads of the customers searching through the goods on sale appeared amusingly among the display heads.
We came across another faded business sign, this one in Powis Mews. I don’t know what the business was or the name of the company. I think I can read the word “bottling”, but that is all.
Along Westbourne Park Road we spied these rather nervous-looking railings. Someone seems worried about the noise made by the closing gate.
On the way to catch a bus to start the journey home, I caught sight of this horse’s head atop the doorway into the back garden of the house.
It was an entertaining walk – and the ache in my legs says it was a long one – and we saw and photographed too many interesting things to show them all here, unfortunately.