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Just today I have come back from Notting hill
A Affluent Chi place to be may it be Business,the Houses or the Antique Road stalls My brother is a Collector of Antiques so the family when on a day out exploring Notting hill which is...More
Famous Notting Hill was definitely on my to visit list in London. I really wanted to see colorful buildings, antique shops I knew from the movie. Unfortunately, NH was quite disappointing for me. Maybe it's because of the renovation, but it was busy, noisy and...More
We caught the bus to the end of Portobello Road and walked the full length back on a Saturday afternoon. It was busy and there are many stalls on the street as well as shops and pubs open. The food stalls are everywhere and my...More
We recently spent some time in the Notting Hill area of London. We thought the area was interesting in the movie by the same name and went for a look. The bookstore is no longer a bookstore - it is now a gift show but...More
Notting hill movie fans will be disapointed .
yes, the market looks a bit like the one in the movie
the famous blue door is not the one you see in the movie
the only reminder is the bookshop, in one of the parallell streets...More
I happened to be in Notting hill on a hot sunny summer day. So many cafes and restaurants had decided to serve tasty and refreshing small portions of their cold soft drinks. This, too, made me feel that the atmosphere is cosy and friendly. Beautiful...More
Lovely to walk around and look at the stalls! I got there at 9 and it was great because there weren't many people around. I walked around for almost 3 hs, had a great cupcake at Hummingbird and also got an ice coffee! One of...More
I loved this area. It was a little touristy buy very vibrant, quirky and quaint. There was a little bit of everything in a great area/setting. Walked up Portobello Road and the surrounds. The people, the atmosphere, loved all of it.
As West London's friskiest corner, Notting Hill more than manages to retain plenty of the same appeal that's brought the affluent area so much worldwide attention. In this attractive cobblestoned neighbourhood, a delectable variety of eateries, independent shops, galleries and street vendors offer a delightful window into how to live the good life in London, with each presenting visitors with an
experience that's a little more idiosyncratic and endearing than the last. Travelers looking to forage for antiques should be sure to visit the Portobello Road Market on Saturdays, the largest antiques market in the United Kingdom.
Response from sheepygold | Reviewed this property |
Notting Hill is about 1.5 miles from Marble Arch and 2.5 miles from Piccadilly Circus. It has very good transport links to the main tourist attractions via London Underground and buses. It would be a lovely area to stay as... More
Notting Hill is about 1.5 miles from Marble Arch and 2.5 miles from Piccadilly Circus. It has very good transport links to the main tourist attractions via London Underground and buses. It would be a lovely area to stay as it has many beautiful roads, some amazing parks and attractions to walk to. You are close to Paddington station for trains to both Windsor (30 minutes) and Bath (75 minutes). I would not suggest getting on a tour bus in London for either of these destinations but make your way by train. At Windsor there is an information point at the station and maybe for Bath buy a Rough Guide. You can find tours in both of these places by looking on the local Tourist Information websites. London is huge and Notting Hill is as central as you need to be.
Response from Catarina I | Reviewed this property |
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
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!