Today, the luxurious Notting Hill was an area that was seen as the slum and where the working class lived.In just the past 40 years, the area has evolved and undergone a massive transformation to gain the status it has today as one of the...More
Hello there, About 15 to 20 minutes, I suppose. It is not very far. If you want to visit the market, it must be on a Saturday morning. I suggest you get there around 9am so that you have a better experience but be ready to... More
Hello there, About 15 to 20 minutes, I suppose. It is not very far. If you want to visit the market, it must be on a Saturday morning. I suggest you get there around 9am so that you have a better experience but be ready to spend the morning in this amazing place. Now, about the film... The exteriors were filmed mostly on location, which means in Notting Hill and Portobello Road. If your wife is a Notting Hill movie fan, she will recognize some of these places from it: - the Coronet Theatre (that was where the Grant's character watched the sci-fi movie staring Anna Scott); - the Rosmead Gardens, where the characters break into after a birthday dinner party with friends; - 91 Lansdown road, where the characters Bella and Max had William's sister birthday party with friends; - Portobello Road market, the first scene (and an amazing place so be ready to do some shopping!); - 142 Portobello Road, a shoe shop called Notting Hill, exactly where William's bookshop was supposed to be - people say it has never been a bookshop but that down the road there is one bookshop (new owners now), which has been a Travel Bookshop for about 30 years and that supposedly was an inspiration for the film; - the tattoo shop shown in the movie (a drunk man with a tattoo 'I love Ken'?!?); - William's house blue door (which is now actually black painted blue as the one-and-only blue one was sold in an auction); - the coffee shop where William buys some orange juice and later some coffee; - Tony's restaurant, now actually Portfolio Cards and Gifts. Here are the addresses of the places mentioned above and a tour suggestion: Coronet Theatre: 103 Notting Hill Gate (next to/near Notting Hill tube/metro station exit); Rosmead Gardens: when at Coronet Theatre just walk down Notting Hill Gate road towards Holland Park tube/metro station, then turn right to Lansdowne Road and you will soon find Rosmead Road as it is the sixth on your left (those are private gardens, remember! ;) No trespassing!); Lansdowne Road: turn left again from Rosmead Road onto Lansdowne Road and look for door number 91 (it will be on your left probably); Portobello Road: from Lansdowne Road (walk along it), just turn left onto Ladbroke Grove and then turn right at Elgin Crescent - second on your right, turn onto Portobello Road - you will have the market if it is a Saturday morning and you will find a shoe shop called Notting Hill (William's bookshop in the movie) - if you want to visit the one that inspired William's you must turn back down Portobello Road a bit to Blenheim Crescent (right after Elgin Crescent) to find doors number 13 to 15; The tattoo shop: Saint's Tattoo Parlour at 201 Portobello Road: go back to Portobello Road, turn left and look for door number 201; The blue door: walk down the road from the tattoo shop and you will soon find Westbourne Park Road (it is the next road crossing Portobello's), turn left and then look for door number 280 (the blue door used to be there... and the door that is now painted in blue again by the new owners of the house is a new door which was once black); The coffee shop: go back again to Portobello Road and cross straight over to find 303 Westbourne Park Road (you will not find chairs and tables outside but that is the place!); Tony's restaurant: walk down Portobello Road, under The Westway and straight on, then turn right onto Golborne Road where you will find door number 105, near/the junction with Bevington Road. Oh, by the way, the expensive Japanese food restaurant where the characters have their meal is Nobu, which is at Metropolitan Hotel, Old Park Lane W1; the Ritz hotel where the interviews are made is at 150 Piccadilly; the Savoy Hotel (where the press conference takes place) in on the Strand (1 Savoy Hill); and the wedding reception is at the Zen Garden in Bayswater (31-35 Craven Hilll Gardens). I can send you a map if you want. Hope you two have a fabulous visit to London! Have fun!