The film Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, was released in late Spring 1999, the “sequel” to the enormously popular Four Weddings and a Funeral, both of which were written and produced by Richard Curtis.
Notting Hill had much in common with its predecessor. It seems that, according to Richard Curtis, there are certain roles that must exist in a film:
- the bumbling Englishman (Hugh Grant in both)
- the glamourous American (Julia Roberts and Andie MacDowell)
- the dim-but-ever-so-sweet gentleman
- the wise, slightly more serious woman
- the completely kooky-in-a-nice-way girl
I joke, of course. I personally wasn’t quite as enamoured with Notting Hillas I was with Four Weddings, but it’s a good film nevertheless.
There are plenty of locations featured in the film that can be seen in the area. If you’d like an organised tour of these – as well as of locations of other movies that have been partially filmed in the area (such as About A Boy, Sliding Doors, The Italian Job, Love Actually and others) – why not go on the Notting Hill Movie Tour? Tours run twice a day every Saturday from March to November!