Everyone knows and adores the movie Love Actually – well, not everyone, but we’ll get to that. There’s Hugh Grant’s iconic dance as Prime Minister, Emma Thompson as his sister and perhaps best of all, the cards on the door step scene with and Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley.
The latter took place at St Luke’s Mews, an exceptionally pretty street tucked away in Notting Hill. Just round the corner from Portobello Market, the property, perhaps even more excitingly, is also close to the blue door house from Notting Hill. In other words, I was in Hugh Grant heaven.
The mews – a street or courtyard often converted from old stables – is gorgeous. It hosts several houses packed with a vast array of flower beds, charming cobblestone and pastel colours.
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‘I love the house but I hate the movie’
The street is extremely popular with tourists, with hundreds visiting every week. When I visited, on a random Tuesday afternoon, I was surrounded by Americans.
Taylor Adams, 35, had come all the way from South Carolina and was immediately drew to the mews. He told MyLondon: “As we were walking by, the cobblestones looked super cool with the pink and the aesthetic surrounding it.
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“You come down here and you’re just drawn to the colour. We’ve been all around London and we’ve not seen much like this…it’s pretty.”
His wife, Kayla, 28, loved the house, and said that it evoked a street called ‘Rainbow Row’ back in South Carolina. As for Love Actually, she said she absolutely hates it: “If someone did what Mark (Andrew Lincoln) did with the cards in real life, it would be super creepy. I hate that movie.” Each to their own.
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Another couple visiting from across the Atlantic- this time from Florida – was Sabrina and Josh Godfree, 29 and 30, who were mesmerised by the mews’ pretty colours. Sabrina said: “We’re here because its from the movie Love Actually, the colours are so pretty… I love the pink, I love the movie…it’s super cool to be here.”
Well, there you have it. If it has the vote of confidence from American tourists, it must be great. Residents on the street seem to think so, with properties in St Luke’s Mews selling for an average price of £2,550,000 over the 18 months.
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