Portobello Film Festival

WHAT: It’s one of Europe’s biggest and most popular showcases of independent films, set up at various locations around west London. There are also accompanying presentations and workshops for film buffs. And it’s all free.
WHEN: September 2-19.
DO IT BECAUSE: Portobello Road remains a London landmark thanks to its authenticity and slightly chaotic vibe. Any film festival here, particularly one that has received its share of acclaim, is sure to be good fun and full of surprises.

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