Another Notting Hill favourite is set for closure as the iconic Travel Bookshop will begin its closing down sale from 22 August - 5 September after it was put on the market a few months ago.
A spokesperson in May said the owners' “adult children [have] indicated that they would rather not follow him into the business [...] and would be best served by selling it on for a new generation to look after one of London's iconic and special bookshops."
Of course, the closing down sale suggests that no suitable new owner has been found to keep the Bookshop open.
Since 1979, the shop has been selling a wide range of books that takes the reader to every single continent, country and city. It was then featured in the 1999 rom-com film Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant - the filming was actually done in a Portobello Road shoe shop named after the film as opposed to its true location on Blenheim Crescent - and has been one of the main tourist attractions in the area.
The Travel Bookshop follows in the footsteps of Kingsland Edwardian Butchers and many other indpendent stores, as more and more shops shut down due to ballooning rent prices. It has prompted local traders to start a Save Portobello Market campaign.
You can join and support the campaign on Facebook.