We hate Love Actually fans who pose outside our homes after famous film was shot here – they could at least give us cash | The Sun
LOVE Actually fans are infuriating residents by posing outside front doors where the movie was filmed.
Hundreds of tourists line up for pictures outside the brightly painted houses every week but neighbours say they are now leaving charity buckets out to collect cash.
St Luke’s Mews in Notting Hill, West London, was home to Keira Knightley’s character Juliet in the 2003 Christmas Rom Com. Houses sell for up to £3million there.
One woman who lives there said: “I had no idea it was in Love Actually when I bought the house – the estate agent didn’t tell me.
“I got the place in 2002 before Instagram or smartphones were even a thing.
"My main problem is the tour guides and people making money off the place.
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“I leave a collection bucket for charity outside my door and ask the tourists to leave some money in it when they visit.”
Lauren Robertson flew over from Austin, Texas just to see the house last week.
She said: “I wanted to come to Notting Hill and go down this street to see the house in the scene from Love Actually where they hold up all the posters.
“We love that movie so we came here to check it out and it’s cool to see it in real life.”
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In January 2020, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea asked people politely to stay away as owners were growing increasingly frustrated with the unwanted attention.
They said the owner of the bright pink home in Notting Hill was growing increasingly frustrated with the unwanted attention.
The doorway of the home was used for 2003 flick Love Actually’s most famous scene, where Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln, admits his love for Juliet, played by Keira Knightley, using a series of cards to declare: “To me, you are perfect.”
There are almost 3,000 Instagram posts with St Luke’s Mews as a location and most likely thousands more.
They show bloggers and Instagrammers posing outside the house and it even has its own location pin on the social media site.
At the time a council spokesman said they were “stepping in to help protect the resident’s privacy and encourage visitors to try out other famous locations in the borough.”
They say film fans would be better off visiting Portobello Road, used in the 2014 Paddington movie and its 2017 sequel and home to the world-famous market, or Kensington Gardens, the location for the famous fight scene between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant in the second Bridget Jones’s Diary film.
Some of the unwanted visitors to the home in Notting Hill are even taking part in organised tours and other couples have had their wedding photos taken outside.
The homeowner said in 2020: “I had no idea this house was in the film when I bought it before the Instagram craze and now I am living under a blanket of selfies, tour guides and a queue of tourists lining up to take photos on weekends.
“They even walk into my house if the door is open thinking it’s some sort of theme park.”
She said that she had now put up a donation box outside and would give the money to homeless charities in the area.
She added: “Trying to make a good thing out of this intrusive situation I am asking that people respect the fact that not everyone has a home over their head and donate to homeless charities, either themselves or through the little pink box outside.
“I have helped several people into shelters and all proceeds go to local good causes.
“Those who make money out of bringing tours round to the mews, sometimes in a blacked out minibus, for their own personal gain should think twice.”
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An RBKC spokesperson said: “We want to help to protect our residents’ privacy.
“Our borough is home to so many famous scenes from well-loved film and television. There’s loads to see, so we’re encouraging visitors to give the owners of the ‘Love Actually house’ a break and try out Portobello Road or one of our beautiful parks instead.”
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