When this Richard Curtis-written film came out in 1994 I had no interest in seeing it whatsoever as I was really sick of hearing the Wet Wet Wet cover of ‘Love Is All Around‘ which was the soundtrack song that dominated the UK Top 40 chart spending a ridiculous 15 weeks at number one. Continue reading
When it comes to romantic comedies the combination of writer Richard Curtis and actor Hugh Grant have come up with a fair few crackers with London often at the heart of them albeit a more rounded and well polished version of the capital. As I’m missing a few pivotal locations from each movie I thought it a good idea to cobble together the likes of ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral‘ (1994), ‘Notting Hill‘ (1999) and ‘Love Actually‘ (2003) together into one super rom-com special.
Somerset House (above left) is a short distance from Temple tube station and appears as scenery footage on 4 mins in ‘Love Actually‘ but for me it was more famously used in two Pierce Brosnan-era Bond films; ‘Goldeneye‘ (1995) and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies‘ (1997). The Ritz (above right) at 150 Piccadilly is where some memorable press interview scenes were filmed in ‘Notting Hill.‘ Japanese restaurant Nobu (below left) at 19 Old Park Lane was used in the same film and was where Julia Roberts confronted a couple of guys who she was being slagged off by. Hugh Grant’s flat in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral‘ is 22 Highbury Terrace (below right) across from the park of Highbury Fields. Andie MacDowell turned up there in the rain at the climax of the film.
It’s now a boring office but in ‘Love Actually‘, 26-27 Great Sutton Street (above left) was the nude gallery of Christmas art by Mark (Andrew Lincoln) as seen on 35 mins. The fourth and final wedding in ‘Four Weddings…‘ took place at the Church of St Bartholomew the Great (above right) close to Smithfield Market by Barbican tube station. Two ‘Notting Hill‘ locations below with the blue shop pictured below left the more interesting one as it was here that normal guy Hugh Grant worked in the ‘Travel Book Company’ where he met the very famous Anna Scott played by Julia Roberts. Its now, perhaps aptyly, named Notting Hill and is on 142 Portobello Road. The actual Travel Bookshop on which it was based is at 13 Blenheim Crescent and the picture which I’m outside below right was taken in 2002 at Universal Studios in Hollywood where much of the movie was actually made.
Further along Portobello Road at number 201 is Saints Tattoo Parlour (below left) which could be seen in the opening montage of the same film as a drunk guy exits the shop wondering why on earth he got a tattoo saying “I Love Ken.” The Salvation Army building (below right) a couple of doors along at number 205 is where the ‘Notting Hill’ four seasons sequence ends in Spring.
56 mins into ‘Love Actually‘ Mark (Andrew Lincoln) emerges from the back entrance of Oxo Tower Wharf building (above left) on Barge House Street after Juliet (Keira Knightley) discovers his real feelings for her having seen his wedding video of close ups of her beautiful face. Dido’s ‘Here With Me’ provides the soundtrack as he leaves feeling gutted and continues on through the courtyard (above right) and on to the banks of the Thames River. Close to Bayswater Underground station is Whitley’s (below left); the department store seen at the start of the film on 4 minutes when there are still 5 weeks to Christmas. The Millennium Bridge (below right) is briefly seen about 18 mins in.