Saturday, November 10, 2012

Walking Tour: Notting Hill: The Movie Film Locations

"After all... I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. "

As a huge fan of the movie, Notting Hill, it comes to no surprise that I was interested in trying to do the walking tour of the filming locations from the movie. After doing some research online, I came across a website dedicated to wear movies were shot in London.  With the guide to the movie, we were all set!

(Ignore the ad before the trailer)

With a guide down, Jenny and I decided to undertake part of it today.   Stopping along the route for some window shopping and delicious cupcakes, we soon found ourselves at the location where they filmed the travel bookstore. 
Location of the Travel Book Shop
The inspiration for the actual store is around the corner at the Notting Hill Bookstore. I picked up a book for an adventure later this week (it's a surprise) as well as the bag with the store's logo on it. Jenny and I did make our way to the back of the store to the travel section. We were sure to try to do and remember as much from the movie as possible!

Notting Hill Bookstore
Now, unfortunately, Hugh Grant was not on Portobello Road today, but that doesn't mean we couldn't pass up stopping over to see the "blue door!" While it may not actually be the original blue door anymore, it still counts, in my opinion. The balcony is visible if you go across the street, as well. 

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From there, we managed to find the house used for the birthday party, the gardens that Anna and William break into, the coffee shop where William spells the orange juice, as well as the outside of the building used for the tattoo parlor shown in the beginning scenes. For those of you do not remember, the tattoo parlor was with a man who got a tattoo with 'I love Ken' on his arm. 

Tattoo Parlor Location

Coffee Shop
Birthday Party!
Reenacting the garden scene
All in all, it was a fun outing as we found all the locations! We left out a few that were farther away from Notting Hill, but tomorrow is another day...