Our Favourite Movie Bookshops: Notting Hill

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At Paperblanks we love books and movies; so we asked our staff what their favourite bookshops on screen are.  In this new blog series we’ll show you the bookshops we found in some of our favourite movies.

The 1999 movie “Notting Hill” follows the life of a bookshop owner played by Hugh Grant and how the shop changes when he meets one of the most famous film stars in the world (played by Julia Roberts).

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The inside of the Travel Bookshop Co. we see in the movie is actually not the original one.  It was rebuilt with a different interior inside an antique shop close to Director Richard Curtis’ Production Company near Portobello Road in London. This antique shop now sells shoes and is called “Notting Hill”, in reference to the movie.

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The original Travel Bookshop, which was the basis for Hugh Grant’s store in the movie, was founded in 1979 and located just off Portobello Road at 13-15 Blenheim Crescent. In 2011 a campaign was launched to save the struggling store. A handful of writers and poets each offered to volunteer to work one day a week until a new buyer could be found. Sadly, the shop ceased trading the same year, though another bookshop has opened in its place.

Does one of your favourite movies feature a bookshop? Tell us about them in the comment section below!

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