A thought-provoking commentary on misleading film depictions of London throws up interesting questions about what our capital city is really like.
Is it the quaintly sanitised version shown in the forthcoming Hampstead? Or is it a melting pot of urban grit and great wealth as in the 1990s comedy, King Ralph?
While Dexters would argue that London combines all these elements - and more besides - it's not surprising that first-time visitors are confused by what they find.
The reality is that like any global city, London has a neighbourhood for everyone. In Notting Hill's painted villas and garden squares, for example, you will indeed glimpse the mythical London in the film of the the same name. But you'll also find a thriving community of all ages, races and cultures.
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I think one of the biggest differences between London and New York is that whereas New York really does look in real life like it does in the movies, the movie versions of London are so wildly detached from the reality they may as well be set on a different planet. Thus, when I arrived in London and moved not far from the actual Portobello Road, I fully expected it to be an exciting land where rubber-faced cockney men do impromptu dance routines, and women shout “’oo do you fink you are, the queen of Sheba?” at little girls. Imagine how my heart broke when I found it to be a street of Sloaney girls in hotpants buying overpriced slips and American tourists looking for the pub in which Bill Clinton once drank a Guinness.