Ask anyone from local to tourist to name a film associated with Notting Hill and the answer will be the same, Richard Curtis’s 1999 hit blockbuster ‘Notting Hill’. The film really put the area on the global map but the area has a rich history with the bright lights of Hollywood. In 1969, decades before the film Notting Hill, the area played host to Michael Caine in The Italian Job during the swinging sixties.
Take a stroll along Portobello road and you will eventually arrive upon the doorstep of Alices’ Antiques Shop, arguably the most famous along Portobello and not short of film history itself, with the superb Paddington Bear being filmed there and returning again for Paddington 2 out later this year.
If you head down the quaint and beautiful mews called Denbigh Close, you will see a pink coloured house on the left-hand side, this was the house of Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine. In the film, this is Caine’s HQ in which he devises the cunning plan for the Italian Job and rather amusingly he uses this as his base to bed a bevy of beauties. Of course, the film is best remembered for one of the most famous movie one-liners of all time: “You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” With Notting Hill being used as a movie location for Paddington, The Italian Job, Notting Hill and the Beatles’ Hard Days Night it must be said, Notting Hill as an area is indisputably box office.
♦ Jordan Pattison works part time as a local tour guide who will be writing regular stories for you about the history of Notting Hill. He is really engaging and has incredible stories to tell about the area and the tours are free. Here are some of his great reviews … tripadvisor and you can book here … seenottinghill