Walking down Blenheim crescent in Notting Hill, you may spot a very familiar shop made famous by the 1999 film Notting Hill. The Travel Bookshop, which in the film was owned by Hugh Grant’s character, is sadly about to close down.
After 32 years in business, the owners have not found a buyer after placing it on the market earlier this year, meaning that this weekend (3rd/4th September) will be it’s last before the doors close forever and the curtain comes down on a famous cinematic location. If you are able to catch them before the final closing time, you will however find some great deals as most stock is heavily reduced in their closing down sale.
A group of writers led by the GQ literary editor Olivia Cole have volunteered to work for free in a last-ditch attempt to save the recession-hit business. She believes that a shop run by local authors and literature lovers could prove an even bigger attraction for tourists, so if you think you can help, please do get in touch with them. Hugh knows who might buy it!
If you want to help find yourself a bargain and see one of London’s most iconic buildings before it disappears, you can find the Travel bookshop at 13 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, W11 2EE or at thetravelbookshop.com.