Paula Yates also lived in the Mews and we often used to see her walk past with her children (always carrying flowers) sadly she also died there in her pretty little house that was strewn with fairy lights. So I wasn’t surprised when I saw the Mews pop up in the film Love Actually, in one of my favourite scenes where Mark tells Juliet that he loves her with the word boards.
Such a lovely scene and it always makes me reminiscent of those Notting Hill days.
There were only about 20 of us working in what was called the ‘Blue Building’, we were like a dysfunctional but loyal family. The record company was instrumental in launching many successful acts in the 80’s and counted Seal as one of its main successes. I used to sit on reception blaring out Wham or Dirty Dancing – no one seemed to care.
In every room different music played, bands came and went; if you went next door to the studio it would be no surprise to see Kylie having a cup of tea or George Michael’s dog being fed by the receptionist!
It wasn’t until years later that I realised how lucky I was to have worked there for four crazy years and to be a tiny part of it’s history. Some of the most interesting and colourful characters I ever met were from the Blue Building, Notting Hill.
If my memory of my Notting Hill days ever fade, I will always have the fantastic films to remind me of them and make me smile.