The Ethereal Blue Door of Notting Hill
Fans often enjoy visiting sites where popular movies were filmed. Over the years, more and more British hit movies are coming out, growing the list of wonderful places movie buffs visit in Great Britain. But one in particular holds a place in the hearts of fans around the world: Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
Bookshop owner Will Thacker (Grant) encounters a life-changing event when he meets one of the most famous film stars in the world, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). What follows is a tale many fans will tell you is heart stopping, comedic, and full of romantic energy that makes it a film for the ages.
Excitement about Notting Hill filtered into the streets of London when it came out in 1999. People searched for the location, flocking to it. The narrow home of Will Thacker (Grant) and his Welsh roommate Spike (Rhys Ifans) quickly became a part of film history.
The original owner at the time of the movie’s filming was none other than Notting Hill writer and director Richard Curtis. As fame over the home grew, Curtis quickly sold it for a tidy profit.
Fans of the movie worldwide continued to visit, taking pictures with the blue door. Unfortunately, the new owners grew tired of the constant attention according to Movie Locations Guide. In a move that frustrated many fans who had not yet been able to visit, the owners decided to paint the front of the home something less ostentatious. The result was white columns and a simple, black door.
Since then, the home has changed hands again. Now, the owners have returned it to its previous fame and splendor . . . almost. The columns remain white, but the door itself is again blue, allowing it to stand apart on the busy Westbourne Park Road. The blue door can be found in Notting Hill at 280 Westbourne Park Road.
As of 2013, the search for the famous blue door of Notting Hill has gained an almost ethereal following. Are you a fan of Notting Hill? Have you considered seeing the blue door? On your next tour of London, be sure to include a brief stop in Notting Hill for a visit.
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