01 of 09
Follow in Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts's footsteps on a self-guided walking tour of Notting Hill to see locations made famous by the British rom-com.
To help you find the key locations I've linked them here as a self-guided walking tour starting from Notting Hill Gate tube station. The walk is about 2 miles long and will take under an hour from start to finish.
1. The Print Room (formerly the Coronet Cinema)
At 103 Notting Hill Gate, next to/opposite Notting Hill Gate tube station (depending on which exit you take) you'll find the Print Room (formerly the Coronet Cinema). This is where William (Hugh Grant) watched Helix, the sci-fi movie short film starring Anna Scott (Julia Roberts).
The Coronet opened in 1898 as a theater and was such a well-respected venue that it was where King Edward VII saw a performance and Sir John Gielgud watched his first Shakespeare play. It served as a cinema for the local community for years and was transformed back to a theater in 2010.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Directions: From the Print Room, walk down Notting Hill Gate towards Holland Park tube station. At Holland Park station, turn right onto Lansdowne Road. Rosmead Road is the sixth turning on the left.
These are the private communal gardens which Anna (Julia Roberts) and William (Hugh Grant) break into at night after having a bit too much to drink at a dinner party at Bella and Max's house, and accompanied by William's cry of "Whoops-a-daisy!" Do not consider trying to copy their act of trespassing. Not only is it illegal but there is a pretty big drop from the railings on the garden side.
Rosmead Gardens is part of the Ladbroke Estate, which includes other nearby private gardens: Arundel Gardens and St. John's Gardens. Despite looking like a small park, these private gardens are owned and maintained by the local residents who, therefore, are the only people who have a key to gain access.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Bella & Max's House
Directions from Rosmead Gardens on Rosmead Road: Turn left onto Lansdowne Road and no.91 is on your left.
91 Lansdowne Road was the home of Bella (Gina McKee) and Max (Tim McInnery) and where William (Hugh Grant) surprised everyone by bringing a famous actress as his dinner date for his younger sister's birthday party.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Portobello Road Market
Directions from Bella & Max's House: Continue along Lansdowne Road and turn left onto Ladbroke Grove. Turn right at Elgin Crescent and turn right onto Portobello Road (second on the right).
In the opening scene of the movie, William (Hugh Grant) is seen walking down Portobello Road Market on his way to his bookshop, The Travel Book Co.
Find out more about Portobello Road Market.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
The Travel Book Co.
Directions from Portobello Road Market: Continue along Portobello Road (right from Elgin Crescent) and continue to number 142.
142 Portobello Road was the location used for William Thacker's (Hugh Grant's) Travel Book Co. in the movie. There has never been a bookshop here as it was Nicholls Antique Arcade, then a furniture store called Gong, and, when last checked, it was a gift shop.
The fictional book store was based on the real Travel Bookshop nearby.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
The Travel Bookshop
Directions from The Travel Book Co.: Turn back down Portobello Road and Blenheim Crescent is on the left, after Elgin Crescent.
At 13-15 Blenheim Crescent, the real Travel Bookshop traded for over 30 years but ceased trading in 2011. Another bookshop has opened in its place.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
The Blue Door (William's Flat)
Directions from The Travel Bookshop: Go back to Portobello Road and turn left. You will pass Saint's Tattoo Parlour at 201 Portobello Road where in the movie a drunken/confused man comes out with an "I Love Ken" tattoo and no recollection why. Westbourne Park Road is the next road that crosses Portobello Road. Turn left to 280 Westbourne Park Road.
The house was once owned by the movie's screenplay writer, Richard Curtis. The original blue door was removed and was sold at auction at Christie's as it was incredibly popular and many people came to write their name on it.
It was replaced with a black door to not attract so much attention, but time has moved on and the current owners have kindly painted the door blue again (new pic needed - sorry about that).
The property is valued in the multi-millions and is actually a converted chapel, with huge windows and ornate church features so not anything like the studio set used for the interior filming in the movie. You can't see any of this... from the street though so simply look for a blue door near the corner of Portobello Road and other confused tourists also wondering if that's the right door. It is.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Directions from the 'Blue Door': Go back to Portobello Road and cross straight over. 303 Westbourne Park Road is on your right.
There a chain coffee shop on the corner but in the movie there was a small cafe next to it with tables and chairs outside. This is where William (Hugh Grant) buys an orange juice and then literally bumps into Anna (Julia Roberts) on the corner with Portobello Road spilling the juice over her. He then explains he lives just across the road and suggests they go there to get cleaned up.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Directions from the coffee shop: Continue down Portobello Road, under The Westway, and straight on. Turn right onto Golborne Road and 105 Golborne Road is Portfolio, an arts and gift shop, on the junction with Bevington Road.
William Thacker's (Hugh Grant's) friend Tony (Richard McCabe) owned the restaurant here that was deemed a failure. Tony and Bernie played "Blue Moon" on the piano on the night it closed.
End of the Walking Tour
From here you could walk along Portobello Road all the way back to Notting Hill Gate, although Ladbroke Grove tube station or Westbourne Park tube station are nearer. Or you could continue up Golborne Road and take a walk alongside the Grand Union Canal.
To reach the canal, walk up Golborne Road and continue straight ahead, passing Trellick Tower on your right. When the road bends to the left and becomes Kensal Road, head into the canal path, next to Meanwhile Gardens. Turn right and you'll reach Little Venice in about 20 minutes, and could consider doing... the Little Venice to Camden Walk.