London Travel: Notting Hill

“I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her” – you may remember this phrase from Julia Roberts, at least when I mention the movie; Notting Hill. It is a classic movie, which everyone should watch at least once. For those who don’t know the movie ‘Notting Hill’, the film is about a love affair between the American actress Anna Scot (played from Julia Roberts) and a British bookseller William Thacker (Hugh Grant). Since the release of the movie, London attracts a lot of tourists. To be honest, I didn’t want to see the movie locations in the first point, it was rather because of a specific ice cream, that I wanted to go to Notting Hill lol. I saw those pretty rose-looking ice creams on Instagram and I searched for the Amorino Café in London, where Google maps showed me the one spot in Notting Hill. I combined our “ice-cream tour” with a little sightseeing tour around Notting Hill. We started our tour at the the rainbow houses (Rainbow Row). We did a little photo stop there and continued our walk to the famous Portobello Road Market, where you could marvel at many little boutiques and antique shops. You can also visit the famous bookshop of the movie Notting Hill, however, it is just a little gift shop and not the real one, that has been used in the film. Our little trip in Notting Hill was fun and for those who want to see more of the movie locations, here is a little list of the movie spots, that you can discover in London and around Notting Hill.

The Travel Bookshop
The real William’s bookshop does not exist anymore, since it has been sold many years ago. Anyhow, there is a “copy” of the bookshop in Portobello Road, where you can buy British souvenirs.

Portobello Road Market
Very famous market in London and a key part of the movie (you may remember the opening scenes of Notting Hill where Will was on his way to his bookshop). At the north end of Portobello Road you can find Tony’s Restaurant (watch out for Golborne Road).

Coffee Shop and Will’s House, 303 & 280 Westbourne Park Road
At the Westbourne Park Road, you can find the coffee shop, where William Thacker bought an orange juice. The famous blue door from Notting Hill (Will’s flat) should be located just next to the coffee shop. Search for The Blue Door Notting Hill Film and Google Maps will show you the exact location.

The Ritz, 150 Picadilly
Anna’s hotel in the film was the famous Ritz hotel. I heard that they serve very nice Afternoon Tea there!

Nobu, 19 Park Lane
Do you remember the Japanese restaurant where William and Anna went on their dinner date? It was the Nobu restaurant at Park Lane 19.

Rosmead Gardens
One of my favorite scene is where Anna and William broke into at Bella and Max’s house. Unfortunately, the garden is only available for residents, but you can take pictures of the entrance gate of Rosmead Road.

This reminds back memories from the movie Notting Hill Rainbow houses in Notting HillRainbow Row – you will find them at Lancester Road

The Travel Book Shop (from Will)
It’s just a souvenir shop though Jelly Jolly Shoes! Another ‘blue door’ Old sewing machines everywhere Welcome to the famous Portobello Road Market The red door lol You can find a lot of fancy stores here! Let’s take a break at the Amorino Cafe You can choose as many flavours as you like! Macaron on top! There is now one in Switzerland!
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