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Pret a Portobello: Market stall chic made easy

Portobello by hosiawak, Flikr, Portobello Market, Portobello Road, London

Image by hosiawak

I love Portobello market in London, but there’s no getting away from the fact that it gets so crowded that trawling through the hordes of people for vintage bargains can often feel like wading through treacle. Call me lazy, but the other day when a friend introduced me to Pret a Portobello, a website which enables you to browse market stalls and even get involved in a spot of haggling all while remaining comfortably tucked up in bed sipping a hot chocolate, I got pretty excited.

I suppose the obvious comparison is the online designer treasure trove, Net a Porter, but I can never afford anything from Net a Porter anyway, so for me it’s really more of a replacement for ASOS. I really like the little catwalk video thing they do on ASOS so you can see how the clothes look in action, but Pret a Portobello is really easy to use and has great photographs, so it wouldn’t feel too risky ordering without trying things on. It’s got the unique factor going for it, plus it seems you can return items if they don’t fit, so there’s really no way to lose.

Portobello by Andreas Kambanis, Portobello market, Notting Hill, London

Image by Andreas Kambanis

The website doesn’t just source clothes and accessories from Portobello – they also sell items from other London markets such as Spitalfields, Camden and Brick Lane, and have even just started sourcing in Sydney, Australia, too. I can tell this is going to be my new lunch break addiction…


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3 comments on “Pret a Portobello: Market stall chic made easy

  1. blondekatie
    November 18, 2011

    That’s such a good idea isn’t it cos Portobello gets SO crowded that my annoyance at all the tourists detracts from the relaxation aspect of shopping!

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