The flat above the bookshop made famous by Hugh Grant in the film Notting Hill goes on the market for a cool £1.5m

The owner of the Travel Bookshop made famous in the film Notting Hill is selling her flat above the iconic world-famous shop

The current owner Sarah Anderson, 67, remembers the film's scriptwriter Richard Curtis coming to see her and making notes about the bookshop she founded in 1979.

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Although she sold the shop in 2011 it re-opened as the Notting Hill Bookshop and continues to trade to this day.

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The endearing book shop remains the focus of curious attention by tourists and fans of the film who may hope to see its stars Hugh Grant - who played the bumbling bookseller - and Julia Roberts as the film-star browsing the shelves.

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Although the film-makers recreated the shop for the film and used the exterior of another building the Travel Bookshop in Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill became the focus for people who wanted to see the original location for the film.

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Sarah remembers the filming taking place and a visit to the shop by the film stars Roberts, who played a Hollywood movie star and Grant who played William Thacker the stammering bookseller. ‘He bought a book - she didn't!'

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‘Buyers will be buying a piece of British film history but they also get a comfortable slightly bohemian flat in a very sought after area of Notting Hill,' says Gareth Kelly at Marsh & Parsons.

As Julia Robert's says in the film 'can I stay for a while? Well, my dear 'you can stay forever'.

Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.