The locations of Love Actually in London
Love Actually in London
Unavoidable when talking about London, Love Actually is probably one of the most representative films of the city. in your turn, find the cult places of this delicious romantic patchwork.
House of Juliet and Peter
It’s probably the most cult scene. Mark (Andrew Lincoln), secretly in love with Juliet (Keira Knightley), goes to her house and declares his love for her without a word, using signs … The sequence is largely inspired by the very first video clip in the history of music, that of Bob Dylan for the song Subterranean Homesick Blues. In this one, Bob Dylan scrolls across several signs with the lyrics of the song. The little pink house, used as a set for this very touching sequence, is always the same.
In this scene, David (Hugh Grant), the Prime Minister, goes door to door to find Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), his former assistant, with whom he is madly in love. If the neighbourhood is then described by the words “where it sucks”, in reality, the place is quiet. The director, Richard Curtis, made an appearance in his work as a trombone player.
Juliet enters the church where her union with Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is to be celebrated. In front of the altar, Mark, the best man, promises the bride and groom that no surprises will disrupt the ceremony. But, suddenly, several musicians unite to perform a vibrant version of the Beatles’ All you need is love. This church was requisitioned by the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II to hold Sunday services.
10 Downing Street
10 Downing Street not only houses the offices but also the apartments of the British Prime Minister. Freshly elected, David discovers the place and meets his assistant Natalie, with whom he will fall in love. As you can imagine, it was not possible to film the Prime Minister’s real residence! All the scenes were shot in sets at the Shepperton Studio.
Harry (Alan Rickman) wants to give a necklace to the colleague he has a crush on. He tries to be discreet but the salesman (Rowan Atkinson) makes an original gift wrap… The shop has changed a lot since the shooting but it is possible to recognize the exact location thanks to the pylons. An iconic store, opened in 1909 by American Harry Gordon Selfridge, Selfridges is a must-see shopping stop on any visit to London.
Daniel (Liam Neeson) is worried about his stepson Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), since the death of his mother. While they are sitting on a bench, Sam confides to Daniel that he is in love with Joanna (Olivia Olson), a student in his class. During the shooting of the short film in the form of a sequel to the film, as part of Red Nose Day 2017, Richard Curtis organizes the reunion of the characters of Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Several years passed and it is on this same bench that Sam, accompanied by his now fiancée Joanna, reunites with his father-in-law. Gabriel’s Wharf is the perfect place for shopping.
Billy Mack (Bill Nighy), an aging rock star, records an alternative version of the hit Love is all around. By all accounts, this revival, entitled Christmas is all around, is catastrophic. Billy Mack has a hard time singing it, especially when it comes to replacing the word “love” with “Christmas”. While the character of Love Actually claims authorship of the song, it is actually a hit by the British rock band The Troggs, led by singer-songwriter Reg Presley. It was when Wet Wet Wet performed it for the original soundtrack of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 that the song became world-renowned.
London Heathrow Airport
The film opens with a succession of reunion scenes at the terminal of the famous London airport. Hugh Grant, who interprets the Prime Minister, commented: “Whenever I get depressed about what’s happening in the world, I think of the London airport passenger arrivals area; it is generally agreed that we live in a world of hatred and greed. I disagree. I rather feel that love is present everywhere; it is not always enough to make a novel of it, but it is there: father and son, mother and daughters, husband and wife, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends… When the two planes hit the Twin Towers, to my knowledge none of the phone calls from those people who were about to die contained a message of hatred or revenge. They were all messages of love. If you look hard enough, I have the unpleasant feeling that you will find that ultimately we are surrounded by love. “
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