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Top 5: London film locations

Portobello Market. Image: nabekor/Flickr.

Lucy Maddox scouts out some of the top London locations featured in favourite TV shows and films

 

Portobello Road and the blue door: Notting Hill
Portobello Road and 280 Westbourne Park Road
Portobello Road is always bustling with people browsing the vast array of antiques and collectables at the famous Portobello Market — and is also featured in Notting Hill when Hugh Grant walks through the busy market as the seasons change in the montage scene. A leisurely amble leads to Westbourne Park Road where a chalkboard with an arrow points to the famous blue door where Spike unashamedly poses for the press in his underwear. Worth a photo, though probably best to stay fully clothed.

Platform 9¾: Harry Potter
King’s Cross station
Fulfil Harry Potter fantasies by visiting Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross station. Imagine you’re off to Hogwarts and try to push your luggage trolley through the wall as you don your yellow-and-burgundy-striped Gryffindor scarf. In reality, platforms nine and ten at King’s Cross station are separated by tracks but platform 9¾ can be found in the main station concourse. For ultimate fans there’s also a themed shop where you can purchase all the wizardry paraphernalia you could ever need.

Selfridges: Love Actually
400 Oxford Street
The name Richard Curtis — director of classic rom-coms such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones’s Diary — was a big enough draw for Selfridges to agree to open up for filming. Best visited at Christmas when the well-known department store is lit up like a Christmas tree, and the time of year when Love Actually was set. This popular department store was the location for the Alan Rickman and Rowan Atkinson characters’ gift-wrapping debacle.

221B Baker Street and Speedy’s Sandwich Bar & Cafe: BBC’s Sherlock
187 North Gower Street
Avid fans of Sherlock, or of Benedict Cumberbatch, can visit the outside of Holmes’ and Watson’s fictional home, 221B Baker Street, where they lived with their long-suffering landlady Mrs Hudson. The fictional home is actually located at 187 North Gower Street near Euston station. Speedy’s Sandwich Bar & Cafe is real, however, and is often visited by fans of the show. It serves up good ol’ cafeteria-style food — think full English breakfast, and burgers and chips.

Dans Le Noir: About Time
1 Newburgh Street and 30-31 Clerkenwell Green
The intriguing restaurant where Mary and Tim have their literal first blind meeting, eating and talking in complete and utter darkness, is in fact a real restaurant. To visit the site used in the film, head to 1 Newburgh Street in Soho and admire the pretty cobbled streets where Mary and Tim first laid eyes on each other. But if you want to visit the real Dans Le Noir for a unique dining experience, go to 30-31 Clerkenwell Green. The restaurant is part of a worldwide chain that offers guests the chance to rediscover their taste buds by serving up surprise menus to be eaten in the dark.

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