Love Actually fans are being asked to stop posing in front of the bright pink house made famous by the
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council has taken the unprecedented step of asking tourists to stop visiting the private
The house, which sits a stone’s throw away from Portobello Road Market, was used for the film’s most iconic scene, which saw Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln, profess his love for Juliet, played by Keira Knightley, using a series of cards to declare: ‘To me, you are perfect.’
Following the success of the Richard Curtis romcom, hundreds of pictures began to circulate on social media showing bloggers and Instagrammers posing outside the colourful house.
The bright pink house, located in St Lukes Mews, Notting Hill, has seen hundreds of bloggers and Instagrammers pose outside its door
The house was made famous when it featured in the romantic comedy’s most iconic scene, which saw Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln (pictured), admit his love for Juliet, played by Keira Knightley
In December 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson created a parody of the iconic scene from the 2003 film by replacing the words on the placards with messages that read: ‘We’ll have Brexit done.’
During the three-minute comedy clip, Mr Johnson approached a voter on her doorstep and showed her a series of white cards which reinforced his message to see Brexit through following the General Election.
However the stunt received a backlash from Labour MP for Tooting Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, who accused the Tory Prime Minister of stealing her idea, and actor Hugh Grant, who said while the video was well made it showed the Conservative Party had ‘an awful lot of money’ to spend.
Despite the property’s attraction, a council spokesman has now 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 added that fans of the cult classic would be better off visiting Portobello Road, used in the 2014 Paddington movie and its 2017 sequel and home to the world-famous market.
Fans of the Christmas classic will seek out the property in Notting Hill (left and right) in order to pose outside its doors
Following the film’s success in 2003, the house has seen a number of tourists take pictures outside
Despite the attention the property receives from tourists, fans are being asked to seek alternatives
They also suggested tourists visit the location for the famous fight scene between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant in the second Bridget Jones’s Diary film in Kensington Gardens.
The homeowner, who told the council she did not want to be named, said: ‘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.
The anonymous homeowner of the property said she did not know the house featured in the film until after she bought it
In the Christmas classic Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln, professes his love for Juliet, played by Keira Knightly, before walking back down the cobbled street with his radio
In December 209, Boris Johnson recreated the iconic scene from Love Actually to reinforce his Brexit message
‘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.’
Public records say the house was last sold for £1.04m in 2007 and its owner is understood to be a female partner at a London law firm.
A Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 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.’
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council has instead asked that tourists visit Portobello Road which was used in the 2014 Paddington movie (pictured) and its 2017 sequel
Portobello Road (pictured), which is located in Notting Hill, hosts an array of antique stores and is also home to the world famous Portobello Road Market
The council also suggested tourists visit the location for the famous fight scene between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones’s Diary The Edge Of Reason (pictured) in Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens (pictured) covers 265 acres and is among the Royal Parks of London