A building inspired by a man sharing the surname of a notorious Bond villain is one of the treasure trove of sights and activities available near Portobello Road Market.
A reasonable person can spend a whole day at the market sifting through antiques, books and clothing but the surrounding area has numerous places to engage the fascination of any wandering tourist.
One of those places is the iconic building of Trellick Tower, which stands tall in Golborne Road and is a short distance from the market.
One very busy market days the stalls can reach Golborne Road, just off the end of Portobello Road, where the tower is located.
The architect behind the building was Hungarian man Erno Goldfinger whose name became synonymous with the fictional Bond villain Auric Goldfinger who became one of author Ian Fleming’s most famous baddies.
A landmark loved and loathed in equal measure Trellick Tower is protected by its Grade II status and a prime example of the Brutalist architecture favoured in the 1960s.
A library may not be the first thing on a visitor’s list when venturing through a capital city like London but the impressive £2 million building housing the Shepherds Bush Library is so much more.
Dubbed one of the country’s most innovative libraries it’s located inside shopping centre Westfield London, in Wood Lane, where the two-floor building houses thousands of books, films, music and computers. The nearest tube station is Ladbroke Grove but if you’re on the correct end of Portobello Road Market it is only a short walk away.
Along Portobello Road Market there are a number of shops and galleries and a firm favourite with travellers is the Graffik Gallery.
The stunning space is where you can attend a two-hour masterclass to learn about what goes into creating street art.
Full of activity in the area a trip to Portobello Road Market and beyond will not disappoint.