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Answer 9. Notting Hill. As well as Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, the film also starred Hugh Bonneville before Downton Abbey.

And also Rhys Ifans, James Dreyfus, Gina McKee, Emma Chambers and Tim McInnerny. The film was written by Richard Curtis and directed by Roger Michell.

The door in the photo is not the one in the movie. Unable to cope with all the publicity, that one was auctioned off at Christie’s. It now lives in Devon.


IMG_4926 Jane AustenIn September 1813, a countrywoman and her niece came up to London to spend a few days with her brother at his new house in Henrietta Street, Covent Garden. No sooner had she arrived than she sat down to write to her sister in the first floor room overlooking the street:

‘Here I am, my dearest Cassandra, seated in the Breakfast, Dining, sitting room… Fanny will join me as soon as she is dressed & begin her Letter…

‘We arrived at a quarter past 4 & were kindly welcomed by the Coachman, & then by his Master, and then by William, & then by Mrs Perigord, who all met us before we reached the foot of the Stairs.

‘Mme de Bigeon was below dressing us a most comfortable dinner of Soup, Fish, Bouillee, Partridges & an apple Tart, which we sat down to soon after 5, after cleaning & dressing ourselves & feeling that we were most commodiously disposed of.’

HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 10. Who was the countrywoman?

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