We all have different opinions about Mark’s declaration of love for Juliet, his best friend's wife (seriously Mark, not cool), in ‘Love Actually’. But for this week’s London on Screen, it’s clear that the mews where that scene occurs is some prime London real estate.
The location: 27 St Lukes Mews, Notting Hill.
The scene: Mark (Andrew Lincoln) is in love with his best mate’s wife, Juliet (Keira Knightley). To win her affections, he turns up at her door late one Christmas evening holding up a series of placards that confess his true feelings. As he slinks off, Juliet runs after him to give him a kiss.
Then: The scene was filmed at the striking St Lukes Mews, a beautiful cobbled street just a stone’s throw away from Portobello Road Market. Its colourful houses were the perfect spot for a Richard Curtis romcom. Originally constructed as a stables in the eighteenth century, Juliet’s rose-pink house would have been worth around £1 million when the film was made in 2003.
Now: With ‘Love Actually’ now a Christmas classic, tourists flock for selfies outside number 27 (it’s still pink). This attention has only added to the property’s value, according to estate agent Lucinda Richardson. One house a few doors down sold in 2016 for £2.6m. ‘The mews is so popular and beautiful, and we have so much demand for it,’ she says. ‘The waiting list is ridiculous; once you own a house on the mews, you tend to stay there for ever.’
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