London Filming Locations: About A Boy (2002)

I’m no bookworm but there is one author’s work who I always read and that is Nick Hornby’s and so its always interesting to see the film adaptations of his books such as Fever PitchHigh Fidelity and About A Boy which, as the title suggests, is what this locations feature is on.

Hugh Grant plays Will who lives a comfortable, relaxed life due to the royalties which pour in from a Christmas song his dad wrote. As a result he has never worked and spends a lot of time reading about pop culture and watching TV in his apartment which is at 16-18 St James’ Walk (below left) a little north of Farringdon station. All is not quite as it seems though as the entrance door was a specially constructed set-piece at the buildings side entrance. When you look at the screenshot (lower left) it does look a bit strange that the front door is blocking the path!


31 Oseney Crescent in Kentish Town (upper right) is the home to Marcus and his depressive hippy mum Fiona played by Toni Collette. The Comptoir Gascon (below left) at 63 Charterhouse Street is where Will shops at when Marcus is tailing him as he suspects that he doesn’t actually have a son.


Will takes single-mother Rachel to dinner at Hakkasan at 8 Hanway Place (upper right) just off Tottenham Court Road. This is where he comes clean and admits that Marcus isn’t actually his son in an attempt to be honest with her but it doesn’t quite turn out how he planned. Rachel herself lives at 1 St Stephens Crescent (below) near Bayswater station and before the aforementioned date is the place where Will took Marcus and pretended that he was his son so she would find him more interesting.