A romantic comedy weekend in London
London in a romantic weekend
London isn’t just fog and cold, it’s THE city of romantic comedies. Love at first sight in Notting Hill, Love Actually, Bridget Jones’ Diary… All your favorite heroes are waiting for you for a romantic weekend. To rediscover the British capital, follow the guide.
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Your journey opens on an emblematic scene of Love Actually. In front of the house of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor), in a romantic alleyway, Mark (Andrew Lincoln) silently declares his flame with placards on Christmas Eve. A few blocks away, in Westbourne Park Road, is the famous blue door of the house of Will Thacker (Hugh Grant), the bookseller of Notting Hill’s Coup de Foudre. Real life often inspires movies since the screenwriter Richard Curtis himself lived in this house. The place of the famous love at first sight between Will and Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is just around the corner. And to think it all started with a cup of coffee… A coffee shop is just around the corner from this street, enough to provoke destiny! Continue to our hero’s little bookstore. The front is very recognizable, even if the shop sells souvenirs instead.
House of Juliet and Peter in Love Actually
If you came on a Saturday, take the opportunity to stroll through the famous Portobello antique market. Take the metro to Café Rouge in Covent Garden and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Four Weddings and a Funeral. This is where Carrie (Andie MacDowell) lists her lovers in front of a stunned Charles (Hugh Grant). Proceed to the Supreme Court. In Bridget Jones Baby, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) pleads before the Court. Don’t hesitate to come in, the place is open to the public. On your way, make a detour past 10 Downing Street. No film was actually made here but it is in the residence of the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) that the romance between the Love Actually politician and his secretary (Martine McCutcheon) begins.
Jump on the tube to London Bridge. Under the bridge, at 5 Bedale Street, is the Greek restaurant in front of which Daniel (Hugh Grant) and Mark are fighting in Bridget Jones’ Diary. The restaurant has become a wine shop but the atmosphere remains unchanged. On the opposite sidewalk, the Globe Tavern is the perfect place to get into the shoes of our heroine. Bridget (Rene Zellweger)’s apartment is indeed located just above the pub. Surely you remember the final scene, where after confessing his feelings to her, Darcy stumbles upon Bridget’s diary and leaves the apartment, causing the young woman to chase after him, in light clothing, through the snowy streets?
Your next step is when the lovers exchange a kiss. You will find that the magic of cinema has once again worked its magic as the place is actually on the other side of the Thames. For your final stop, enjoy a stroll through the streets of the City to the Church of St. Bartholomew the Great. A church is a wedding and this is where the fourth wedding of Four Weddings and a Funeral takes place. The scene takes place inside, in the 12th century crypt. Be careful, there is a charge for admission, as in most churches in London.
Saint-Bartholomew-The-Great in Four Weddings and a Funeral
You can end the day by taking inspiration from the heroes of It’s About Time for Dinner at Dans le Noir? During a blind date, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) meets his soul mate there. Note that the restaurant doesn’t really appear in the film since the interior is a set and the exterior was filmed in a street in Soho.
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By Anthony Thibault
From the "Casimir generation", Anthony has kept (in addition to a passion for Goldorak) a taste for inventive images, experimentation and curiosity. Passionate about travel and pop culture, he co-founded Fantrippers with Nicolas Albert to share his passion with as many people as possible.