Head For The (Notting) Hill

London

“Notting Hill” is a critically acclaimed romantic comedy released in 1999. The film follows the love story of London bookstore owner William “Will” Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) and famous American actress Anna Scott (portrayed by Julia Roberts), who fall in love despite their opposing lifestyles. Take a trip down memory lane as we revisit the box office hit through its real-life filming locations—from Will’s iconic blue door on Westbourne Park Road to Anna’s press conference venue at The Savoy.

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Portobello Market

Recommendation posted a year ago

The film starts at Portobello Market, a vibrant street bazaar, where vendors and locals cross paths as they shop for fresh produce during weekdays. On weekends, the area transforms into a vast heirloom haven selling, as Will warns, “millions of antiques—some genuine and some… not so genuine.” Scour through thousands of stalls, which also peddle fashion items, second-hand goods, and fresh food. Be wary of your valuables, though—this London institution attracts pickpockets looking for a different kind of steal!

+442073613001

Portobello Road, London, United Kingdom

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280 Westbourne Park Road

Recommendation posted a year ago

Spot Will’s legendary blue door at 280 Westbourne Park Road! The entryway was so famous that it was auctioned off for charity after the film’s success—much to the confusion of “Notting Hill” buffs searching for it. You’ll be happy to know, however, that the current owners of the property have brought the door back to its original charming color, so snap as many pictures as you wish!

280 Westbourne Park Road, London, United Kingdom

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The Ritz London

Recommendation posted a year ago

Will visits Anna at The Ritz London, where she stays under the codename “Flintstone.” Will is mistaken for a journalist from “Horse & Hound” (an equestrian magazine) and is thrown into interviews with the cast of Anna’s film “Helix,” which he knows nothing about. Step into the luxurious halls of the five-star hotel—which serves one of the city’s finest afternoon teas—and feel as giddy as the couple does when they agree on a first date.

+442074938181

150 Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom


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91 Lansdowne Road

Recommendation posted a year ago

Admire the pretty Georgian exterior of the residence at 91 Lansdowne Road, which served as Will’s friends Max (played by Tim McInnerny) and Bella’s (portrayed by Gina McKee) house. Here, Anna is introduced to the gang and welcomed wholeheartedly. While the home is private property, it still deserves a stop to remember the endearing scenes during Honey’s (Will’s sister, played by Emma Chambers) birthday celebration.

91 Lansdowne Road, London, United Kingdom


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Rosmead Garden

Recommendation posted a year ago

Will and Anna trespass into Rosmead Garden, a private communal space that’s part of the Ladbroke Estate. It may be tempting to cross over the wall as our protagonists did, but heed our warning: the fence is far higher than the movie makes it out to be—and you really shouldn’t be trespassing anyway! You’re still afforded a beautiful view into the yard (sans June and Joseph’s bench) from outside, but die-hard fans may gain access during the Open Garden Squares Weekend—an annual event where restricted green areas are opened to the public.

Ladbroke Estate, Rosmead Road, London, United Kingdom


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Nobu (Old Park Lane)

Recommendation posted a year ago

Nobu, one of the most prominent Japanese restaurants in the world, provides the setting for the date where Anna confronts a group of men trash-talking her. Thankfully, a meal in the minimalist joint comes without the hullabaloo—just a scrumptious spread of Sushi, Sashimi, Kushiyaki, Yakimono, Tempura, and more. The place gets packed, so book ahead. Try to spot real-life Anna Scotts here, too, since Nobu is a favorite of international celebrities.

+44204474747

COMO Metropolitan London, 19 Old Park Lane, London, United Kingdom


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Print Room at The Coronet

Recommendation posted a year ago

After failing to find his glasses, Will watches “Helix” with Anna at then-just-called Coronet (which was a cinema at the time) while donning ridiculous goggles. Today, the place is now known as the Print Room—a theater that holds cultural and theatrical performances. Leave the wacky eyewear at home, and catch an off-West End show, a poetry reading, or a stage play, depending on the season.

+442036426606

The Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London, United Kingdom

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Kenwood House

Recommendation posted a year ago

It’s quite apparent why Kenwood House was chosen to backdrop Anna’s Henry James period film. Enter the architecturally remarkable manor to discover a world-class collection of paintings, jewelry, and miniatures in its elegantly designed halls. The surrounding parkland, which is populated by eye-catching flora, marvelous sculptures, and a few wildlife critters, is also a sight to behold.

+443703331181

Kenwood, Hampstead Lane, London, United Kingdom

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The Savoy

Recommendation posted a year ago

We must admit—our hearts were racing when Will rushed to The Savoy to win Anna back. Its Lancaster Room staged the press conference where the couple realizes their love for each other, leading Anna to announce that she would be staying in the United Kingdom “indefinitely.” The opulent Parisian-style venue is reserved for big events, while the rest of the five-star hotel is equally glorious. Daydream about “Notting Hill” over a delightful afternoon tea spread at the gorgeous Thames Foyer.

+442078364343

Strand, London, United Kingdom


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Empire Cinema (Leicester Square)

Recommendation posted a year ago

During the film’s ending montage, we see Will and Anna attend a movie premiere at the Empire Cinema on Leicester Square. End your “Notting Hill” adventure on a high note by watching a film in the now Cineworld-operated theater, but let’s face it—nothing’s going to beat Will and Anna’s love story.

+443303334444

5-6 Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom

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