The best romantic movies make us fall in love not only with their characters but also their settings. That’s why, if you’re a movie buff, no trip to New York City or London, England, is complete without making a few stops based on your favourite rom-com classics. Here, we’ve chosen two of our own favourites, with suggested sites to see. Experience a bit of movie magic, live like a local and maybe even fall in love at these famous film locales.
When Harry Met Sally, New York City
Can men and women be just friends? Harry and Sally (played by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan) ponder the theme of this 1989 Nora Ephron classic before parting ways by the arch in Washington Square Park in Lower Manhattan. Walk about 20 blocks east and stop in for a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Delicatessen (“I’ll have what she’s having”) then head uptown to the Egyptian Temple of Dendur gallery in the Metropolitan Museum of Art where Harry cracks up Sally (“I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie”). Later, stroll through Central Park to reach Cafe Luxembourg, where the title pair go on a memorable double date.
Notting Hill, London
Much of this 1999 boy-meets-celebrity-girl film (starring Julia Roberts as Anna and Hugh Grant as Will) takes place on pretty Portobello Road in London’s Notting Hill. Check out the exteriors of Will’s flat (the blue door is at 280 Westbourne Park Rd.), his bookshop (142 Portobello Rd.) and Rosmead Gardens on Rosmead Road (to relive the “whoops-a-daisy” scene). Recreate Will and Anna’s date at Nobu London in Mayfair, then walk a couple blocks south to The Ritz London. If you don’t have Anna’s superstar budget for the Trafalgar Suite, simply “drop ’round for tea” in the lobby-side Palm Court.