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Sunday May 19th 2024

The L-Shaped Room | 1962

The L-Shaped Room location: The 'Brockash Road' boarding house: St Luke's Road, Notting Hill, London W11
The L-Shaped Room location: The ‘Brockash Road’ boarding house: St Luke’s Road, Notting Hill, London W11

Unmarried mother-to-be Leslie Caron (an international star was cast to get the movie off the ground) arrives in London to find herself sharing a bug-ridden boarding house with a pick’n’mix assortment of sixties social issues.

Although the rundown bedsit ghetto of Notting Hill is now one of the capital’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, you can still recognise the ‘Brockash Road’ house at 4 St Luke’s Road at Westbourne Park Road, W11.

If you ever wondered about the snippet of Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty which opens The Smiths’ album The Queen Is Dead, it’s Cicely Courtneidge giving it her all in The L-Shaped Room.