• Coronet Cinema Notting Hill interior

Date locations straight out of a London movie

Inject some Hollywood glamour into your dating life, by following in the footsteps of some of the most romantic onscreen encounters of your favourite silver screen stars.


Coronet Theatre Notting HillNotting Hill (1999)

Richard Curtis fans will know that many of the locations in which his hero William Thacker (played by the ever affable Hugh Grant) falls hopelessly in love with heroine Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) are straight out of the eponymous London district. Unfortunately the secret garden the pair steals a first kiss in is just that – a clandestine bolthole for residents only. However, the pair’s first proper outing (a movie date) is filmed in the Notting Hill Coronet Cinema, a sumptuous Victorian theatre that can’t fail to impress. They also bump into each other in the grounds of beautiful Kenwood House – a Hampstead home open to the public all year round. Image: facebook.com/coronetcinema


Albert Bridge at night, LondonSliding Doors (1998)

In this quintessentially English comedy in which two alternative relationship realities are explored in parallel, stars Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah enjoy a drink or two in the old-fashioned British boozer The Blue Anchor, in London Hammersmith. But it’s their after-dark encounters on the stunningly beautiful Albert Bridge (Gwyneth’s character reveals that her grandfather had a fictional hand in its completion), which steals all the romantic thunder. The Chelsea-Battersea footbridge is illuminated with 4,000 light bulbs, making it a striking addition to the city’s nightscape. Image: © Royal Borough Of Kensington & Chelsea


National Portrait Gallery restaurant viewCloser (2004)

Julia Roberts and Clive Owen’s characters’ relationship might have been rocky throughout this passionate drama, but they certainly made the most of their London surroundings. They lunched in the beautiful National Portrait Gallery Portrait Restaurant, enjoying the sweeping panoramic views across the skyline (see photo); they wandered aimlessly among the treasures on display in the London Aquarium on the South Bank; and they lapped up some culture in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where Sam Mendes’ production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is currently running. Sounds like a good day out to us! Image: © npg.org.uk


Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SouthbankShakespeare In Love (1998)

When it comes to our notions of romantic love we owe much to William Shakespeare. His legacy is honoured in this 1998 comedy, whose many scenes are set in The Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank. As you’d expect, the calendar is dominated with some of Shakespeare’s best works, but there’s also a host of lesser known comedies and tragedies, as well as plays by other writers, and music concerts that can be enjoyed by culture lovers. There’s also a brand new candlelit roundhouse on the same site (read more in our blog on Candlelit London venues). Image: facebook.com/shakespearesglobe

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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.