West London’s A-list neighbourhoods have attracted a number of A-list stars to its streets through the years. From Notting Hill’s beautiful gated communities to Paddington’s modern basin, some of the best film locations in the city are located on our doorstep. The Astons team chart some of West London’s best cinematic moments, with a few faces that you may recognise.
Bourne 5, Paddington Basin
Matt Damon and the crew behind Bourne 5 gave passers-by in Paddington Basin an unexpected treat this November as they took to the streets beside the water’s edge to capture London’s next best neighbourhood. Early images show the actor strolling by some of Paddington’s contemporary developments in the basin, showcasing the area’s regeneration in all its glory. The latest addition to West London’s global silver screen presence will hit cinema screens in July 2016.
Notting Hill, Notting Hill
Some would say that the 1999 film Notting Hill (we can’t believe that it’s that old either) captured life in Notting Hill so brilliantly that it put the area and its property market on the map for the next wave of buyers and investors. The famous blue door featured in the film is located at 280 Westbourne Park Road and his muddled bookshop was nearby at 13-15 Blenheim Crescent, close to Portobello Road. The premises is now a book shop once again after changing hands in 2011.
The Italian Job, Portobello Road
Creative types flocked to Portobello Road during the swinging sixties. The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine, set down roots in a pad at one end of the road. Charlie Croker’s cluttered flat in Notting Hill, next to the equally chaotic but dazzling Alice’s Antiques (which still stands today), became a headquarters from which his elaborate plan was devised. Filming also featured the Royal Lancaster Hotel in Bayswater where Charlie was thrown a glitzy party, complete with ‘dolly birds’.
Paddington Bear, various Paddington locations
Paddington Bear has become synonymous with the West London neighbourhood, so much so that a friendly-faced statue has been erected in Paddington Station; the bear was named Paddington after being found inside the station. The latest film in 2014 about the marmalade-loving children’s character features Paddington Station, Portobello Road, and Maida Vale Station. A great film for all the family, with some of the most popular West London locations to boot.
The Davinci Code, Paddington
The 2006 blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Sir Ian McKellen, used the luxurious backdrop of Orsett Terrace in Paddington to set the scene during an integral part of the film. The Opus Dei, aka the ‘safe house’ where Silas was taken was filmed inside a private property, just a stone’s throw away from Paddington Station.
Love Actually, Bayswater
Who doesn’t love a Richard Curtis film? Like Notting Hill four years previously, the UK director decided to highlight another West London area for the world to watch: Bayswater. In order to capture Christmas in London at its best, the Love Actually film crew headed over to the galleried atrium inside the Whiteley’s of Bayswater shopping centre to get a shot of the venue while it was fully decked out with Christmas cheer.
NB. Whiteley’s was also chosen as the prime location for a photographic exhibition held by Julia Roberts’ character in the film Closer.