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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)
18th January 1950 Christopher Fry's Venus Observed, premieres in London
18th January 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
Notting Hill's Wedding Scene
This is where Notting Hills wedding scene was filmed.
Location: 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens, Bayswater
Description: The wedding scenes in the finale to the 1999 hit movie Notting Hill were filmed here in the Zen Garden of the Hempel Hotel.
The Hempel Hotel was a luxury 5-star hotel, built in 1997, a small boutique hotel with Zen inspiration, designed by Anouska Hempel, and featuring mostly white everything.
The hotel was a favourite of Victoria Beckham and the late superstar Michael Jackson reserved the entire hotel during his stay in 2006.
It was sold in 2013, demolished, and a luxury apartment block has replaced it.