I no longer seem to be able to visit London with Portobello Markets - we usually stay in the Park Inn in Hyde Park as it is walking distance to the markets (and so central to other things too).
I love the colour, the interesting array of items on sale, and even the crowds. To me the markets signify everything I love about the UK - diversity, history and beauty.
I have started buying vintage jewellery there - I justify to my husband by reminding him the vintage jewellery market isn't as big in Australia as it is here, that I am just taking advantage of the opportunity of living in the UK. He doesn't really care, he is happy for me to indulge in buying things I love - oh, bless him.