It is an interesting phenomenon how a movie can shape the image of a complete city quarter and bring many tourists there. Well, Notting Hill would be anyhow worth a trip – but because of the 1999 movie with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant this city quarter of London, United Kingdom gets much attention. People search for blue doors, the ‘Travel Book Co.‘ bookshop (which is in fact The Notting Hill Book Shop) and private gardens with high fences.
‘Would you like something to eat? Something to nibble? Apricots, soaked in honey? Quite why, no one knows, because it stops them tasting like apricots and makes them taste like honey … and if you wanted honey, you could just … buy honey. Instead of apricots. But nevertheless they’re yours if you want them.’— William, Notting Hill
If you get here don’t miss the famous Portobello Road Market – best get here on a Friday or Saturday between 9 am and 7 pm. The famous bookshop can be found in Blenheim Crescent near Portobello Road. Nearest underground stop is Ladbroke Grove Station. Closeby you can also find one of the most beautiful streets around: St. Luke’s Mews. If you need a good restaurant look at Westbourne Grove.
If you are a true fan take the trip to Kenwood House at the gorgeous Hampstead Heath, walk around the columns of the Ritz Hotel at 150 Piccadilly (our bus driver once had an accident there and I had plenty of time to do so) or catch a glimpse of the Savoy hotel at Strand near Waterloo bridge.