In 2003, Love Actually hit theatres and won the hearts of many fans. The romantic comedy is set at Christmas time and was filmed in various locations around London.
The film tells the stories of numerous characters, and many areas of London are featured in the film. I’m going to document the ones I’ve personally visited, but there are many others to check out for yourselves.
Gabriel’s Wharf is one of the most challenging locations I’ve had to find. This is where Daniel has a heart-to-heart with his son Sam, and discovers he’s in love. This scene takes place on a bench overlooking the River Thames.
I was able to find a bit of info to narrow down the location, but I had to go over screenshots and Google Streetview with a fine tooth comb to figure out the exact location. Fortunately, on my most recent trip to London, I was able to walk along the South Bank and find the location. It was quite busy with pedestrians, so it was time consuming to get some clear photos without loads of people in the way.
St. Lukes Mews
The Love Actually cue-card scene took place along St. Lukes Mews, in Notting Hill Gate. This iconic scene is where Mark uses cue cards to confess his love to his best friend’s wife. While he knew nothing could happen between them, he did get a kiss on the cheek in return.
The house and alley used is St. Lukes Mews, and is not far from the blue door seen in the film Notting Hill.
The Dodgy End of Wandsworth
My final stop on that trip to London was “The Dodgy End of Wandsworth” where the Prime Minister tracks down Natalie. As he didn’t know the exact address, the Prime Minister went door to door looking for her, surprising many people along the way.
The house where he finally finds Natalie is located at 102 Poplar Road. Numerous shots of the house and street are featured in Love Actually.