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It took a hop, a skip, a shady bus driver with an identifiable dialect, and a jump through the channel tunnel to reach London town after a week long stint in Paris.

We were lucky enough to stay in Notting Hill (thanks Michael and Laura!). We did the Hugh Grant trail and took a gander at the house with The Blue Door, Portobello Rd and The Travel Book Store. Pretty lame I know, but I like the movie. So there!

The house seen here with the blue door was only used for filming outside. The inside scenes were shot in another house. The producer of the film actually owns this one and pretty much used the film to advertise his house, swiftly placing it on the market after the success of the film and in return, made a rather large amount of money. Clever bloke. We heard a rumour that the new owners painted the door black, but apparently not. Yes, this is all ground breaking stuff (please note my obvious sarcasm).

The Blue Door

Here is ‘The Blue Door’

This is the actual travel book store in Notting Hill (not the one used in the film). A bit shattering that they didn’t do a ripping trade, but there is a ridiculous amount of book stores in the area.

The Actual Travel Book Store

The actual travel book store in Notting Hill. Business wasn’t that great evidently.

This is the shop that is used in the film as the travel book store. It’s a shoe shop now that clearly has no shame in advertising that their premise is a famous landmark. I don’t know if they have actually bought the rights to use the film’s typeface but why let a silly little thing like copyright laws get in the way of running a successful business!

The shoe shop capitalising on the film's success.

The shoe shop capitalising on the film’s success.

We didn’t quite make it to the Portobello Rd Market (we were a touch seedy that fine Sunday afternoon) so I wasn’t able to capture the hoards of people that flock to it. Here it is on your average day.

Portobello Rd

Portobello Rd on a non-market day.

We also did some general meandering around the suburb (or borough, as the Brits say).

Good looking pup.

Good looking pup.

Night.

Night.

Hey there fella.

Hey there fella.

Our friends Lee and Art also took us in for a few days, showed us around their neck of the woods in Shoreditch and treated us to some home cooked meals (much appreciated when you are living like a turtle for months on end). Thanks guys!

'You are here'

‘You are here’

Scrabble?

Scrabble?

True local tankards

True local tankards

Top drop

Top drop

Tankard territory

Tankard territory

Very serious beer drinking

Very serious beer drinking

So.Many.Ales.

So.Many.Ales.

Photo shoot in Jack the Ripper territory

Photo shoot in Jack the Ripper territory

A roast fit for the Queen. Compliments to our chef, Art.

A roast fit for the Queen. Compliments to our chef, Art.

There really weren’t enough days for us to see everything London has to offer. There were so many great places to visit that even the novice historian like myself could really appreciate. I will try not to prattle on too much and just show you some photos of some other stuff we got up to.

A visit to Harrods. We could afford a chunk of fudge. Looked at buying a decent umbrella and decided that £150 was a little out of our price range.

Confectionary counter at Harrods

Confectionary counter at Harrods

Dropped in for arvo tea at Lizzie’s joint.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Caught a glimpse of Big Bob. Bill. What’s his name……Ben?

Big Bob

Bog Bob

Big Bill

Big Bill

Checked out the Tower of London. Gained a bit more knowledge about royal antics and got to see Lizzie’s crown jewels (tehehe).

Can't pose

Can’t pose

Beef Eater with a sense of humour

Beef Eater with a sense of humour

Town Square - Anne Boleyn lost her head 'ere.

Town Square – Anne Boleyn lost her head ‘ere.

Inspected arts at The Tate Modern. Affectionately known as The Wank Modern. Post-modernist/revolutionises the way we view society/abstract/reflection of consumerism/etc etc. I don’t speak art.

An art #1

An art #1

An art #2

An art #2

An art #3

An art #3

An art #4

An art #4

Shopped for some essentials at Hamleys.

Macking on with Lego Lizzie

Macking on with Lego Lizzie

Mum and Dad this will arrive in the post soon

Mum and Dad this will arrive in the post soon

We also became very obsessed with checking out the local park life. Squirrels are hilarious. We were good and didn’t feed the little guys though.

Squizzle

Squizzle

Rurowwwwww

Rurowwwwww

Rat tail

Rat tail

Mother Goose

Mother Goose

Don't get in the way of these guys

Don’t get in the way of these guys