The Travel Bookshop was founded in 1979 by Sarah Anderson, editor of Inside Notting Hill, and was run privately for more than 30 years. Nestled between the local art galleries, eateries and the many retro and avant-garde boutiques of Notting Hill, it offered a cornucopia of reader’s delights and exotic authors. So enticing was this bookshop, it was chosen as the main setting and inspiration for the 1998 film Notting Hill starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
In September 2011, the Travel Bookshop closed its doors and reopened as The Notting Hill Bookshop. The surrounding streets offer the hubbub of noisy street markets, littered with eclectic personalities, famous writers and doors and settings you may just have seen somewhere before.