Cou­ples look­ing for love amid Not­ting Hill books 20 years on

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Laura Fitz­Patrick

THE own­ers of the book­shop that in­spired the film Not­ting Hill say they ex­pect to be in­un­dated with re­quests from cou­ples to get en­gaged in the shop ahead of the film’s 20th an­niver­sary.

Tourists from around the world visit the shop in Lon­don and the pro­pri­etors hope to be “chock-a-block” next year – 20 years on from the 1999 film in which Hugh Grant and Ju­lia Roberts’s char­ac­ters fall in love after meet­ing by chance in Grant’s travel book­shop.

James Malin, who has owned The Not­ting Hill Book­shop with his brother Howard for 10 years, said they are de­lighted by the prospect.

He said: “We have had sev­eral ap­proaches dur­ing the past few years and there are other peo­ple that we are not aware of, like an Amer­i­can cou­ple we didn’t find out about un­til they re­turned for their an­niver­sary.”

The big­gest trend they see is the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional choos­ing Lon­don for en­gage­ment.

Mr Malin added: “They come from all over – it’s like a pil­grim­age – we’ve had peo­ple from Aus­tralia, the United States, China and Ja­pan. We even had a young Chi­nese cou- heir ple who were here on their hon­ey­moon and dressed up again in their wed­ding out­fits to walk around with a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher. An­other young Chi­nese cou­ple who met in our shop came back six months later to tell us they were still to­gether.”

A Ger­man man, from Epp­stein, pro­posed in the back sec­tion of the shop. Hav­ing watched the film to­gether as teens in­spired Mar­ius Köp­pen, 32, to hide an en­gage­ment ring inside a Harry Pot­ter book for his then girl­friend, An­gela, in Septem­ber 2015. He said: “I I wa wanted to do some­thing spe­cial for her. I thought about what con­nected us over o the years.” With the film’s fil 20th an­niver­sary fast ap­proach­ing, ap­proachin the Malin broth­ers are ex­pect­ing ex­pecti to be busy.

“I just ju hope that it is chocka-block a-blo all week,” said Mr Malin. Ma “Tourists al­ways have ha a smile on their face. fa It is just a great space sp to work in.”

Mar­ius and An­gela Köp­pen got en­gaged at the shop made fa­mous by Hugh Grant

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