I had an American friend visit who was obsessed with the Fim Notting Hill so I was dragged around looking for locations. e did actually have fun. In case you have to here is some help.
You can easily miss Hugh Grant's 'travel bookshop'. At the time of filming, it was Nicholl's Arcade, an antique shop. It's now furniture shop Gong at 142 Portobello Roadof course star of the British blockbuster 'Notting Hill' (1999).
But there is no 'Travel Book Company' on Portobello Road, the down-at-heel shop owned by William Thacker. The store was Nicholls Antique Arcade, now furniture store Gong.
The real Travel Bookshop, on which William's establishment was based, can be seen around the corner. It's The Travel Bookshop, 13-15 Blenheim Crescent, just off Portobello.
Coffee Shop, which stood at 303 Westbourne Park Road, was the little, yes, coffee shop, where William gets the coffee and orange juice at the beginning of the film. It's since closed down. Next door, on the corner of Westbourne Park and Portobello Road, was the empty property outside which he bumps into Anna Scott. And it's now a branch of Coffee Republic.
A few yards away across Portobello Road, at 280 Westbourne Park Road is William Thacker's flat. The rundown bedsit interior was a studio set and bore no resemblance whatsoever to what actually lay behind the famous blue door, for this was actually home to the screenwriter Richard Curtis.
The blue door was auctioned off for charity.
The failed restaurant of William's friend, Tony (Richard McCabe), is Portfolio, an art store on the corner of Golborne Road and Bevington Road, W10 at the northern reach of Portobello Road market. 91 Lansdowne Road is the home of Bella and Max.The private communal gardens, into which Anna and William break at night (Whoops a daisy!), is Rosmead Gardens, Rosmead Road, W11..no trust me you do not want to try it!
The site of the Henry James period movie shoot is Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3, on Hampstead Heath, north London.
The outdoors wedding reception is held in the beautiful Zen Garden of designer Anouska Hempel's minimalist The Hempel, 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens, W2 (it's opposite the hotel entrance) in Bayswater.
Happy hunting..taking in the rest as well.
There is a new TV and Movie Location company - Brit Movie Tours - that is offering bus tours of the film locations used in the Notting Hill Movie.
The 3 hour tour runs ever Saturday afternnon from the London Film Museum near the London Eye. Go and check it out
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