As Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant are rom-com royalty, it made sense that they would eventually make a film together. That film was Notting Hill, which was released in 1999. Filmed entirely in London, the film naturally focuses on the Notting Hill area of the city.
One of the biggest draws to Notting Hill is Portobello Road. This street is well known for it’s colourful building. On Saturdays, thousands of people flock to the area for the weekly street market. Even if you can’t visit on a saturday, Portobello Road is a lovely area to talk a stroll. There are lots of cute shops and cafes to visit in the area.
Portobello Road and the market were featured prominently in the film. One famous scene shows Will walking through the market as the seasons change around him.
The Travel Book Co.
In the film, Will owns The Travel Book Co. book store, on Portobello Road. This quiet book store is where Will first meets Anna, starting their relationship. In reality, the shop is not a book store. In the years since the film, it has been turned into a souvenir shop appropriately named “Notting Hill”.
The Blue Door
While Will’s flat was filmed on a soundstage, the blue door is a real entrance. This door can be seen several times throughout the film, including the scene where the paparazzi finds Anna in Will’s flat. It can be found at the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Park Road.
If you are in Notting Hill checking out these sites, make sure you stop by St. Lukes Mews nearby. This is where the famous cue card scene in Love Actually was filmed.
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