London is a beautiful city and one that has graced some of the biggest blockbuster films of the century – particularly West London. With so many distinctive boroughs and stunning residential buildings begging to be transformed into film sets, there’s so much choice for film directors. Despite catalogues like Locations Direct providing a wealth of locations across London for scouts to choose from, there are some settings that repeatedly covet the big screen, many of which are in West London.
The continued attention over the years has turned areas like Borough Market and Notting Hill into thriving, must-live suburbs, and many people have chosen to up sticks and move to West London as a consequence. We can’t blame them; it’s a thoroughly part of London with plenty to offer its residents.
If you’re thinking of moving to West London, you might want to indulge your imagination and see what your money can get you on some of the most notable streets that have graced the big screen. In this article, you’ll get all the information you need about some of the most-loved streets you’ve definitely seen at the movies, so if you’re in the market to move to West London, keep reading.
Blenheim Road, Chiswick, W4
Located in the desirable Chiswick borough, Blenheim Road is a stones throw from Turnham Green Underground station and Chiswick Common. To the East is Shepard’s Bush and to the West is South Acton, meaning Blenheim Park is perfectly surrounded by a rich mixture of green parks, heritage sites, market places, shopping districts and fine West London eateries. Not only this, but none other than Colin Firth himself graced this very street in the 2003 romcom, Love Actually. Following in the footsteps of one of Britain’s most loved actors will come at a price, though, with the average house on Blenheim Road costing the better half of £2.28 million. It leads one to ask, are the benefits of period architecture and leafy streets away from the hustle and bustle of the big city worth it?
Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11
Few streets are as famous as Portobello Road which featured in the 1999 Hollywood film aptly named ‘Notting Hill’. High Grant and Julia Roberts have graced its very streets, as do thousands of others every year for the market. Given its notoriety, property is hard to come by on Portobello Road, but if you do manage to scoop a house on one of the trendiest streets in all of London, you can expect to pay in excess of £1.29 million. Most property on Portobello Road is apartments which makes it all the more expensive, but it’s worth it for the exquisite location alone.
Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith, W6
An area rather than a street, Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith is a desirable location to say the least. The backdrop for the 2004 movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellars, none other than Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron and Emily Watson have roamed its boundaries, making it a sought after place to buy a house. The average house price here is just over £966,000, making it one of the more affordable streets on this list. Its location puts it next to Emlyn Gardens, Shepherd’s Bush, White City and Kensington, giving residents a mixture of culture, architecture and a diverse population to mingle with.
If neither of these locations is within your budget or suits your requirements, the area of West London ensures you are all but spoilt for choice, so keep an open mind and no doubt the city will reward you.