Photos by Sarah Treacher.
We all have a film or TV series that acts as a comfort blanket, don’t we? Whether it’s the perennially popular Friends or the gives-you-the-fuzzies Gilmore Girls or something else in-between, isn’t it odd that we each find safety in something that we once watched ages ago? For me, that slot is happily filled by Parent Trap, the coming-of-age film that catapulted Lindsay Lohan to fame. I cry at the scene where Annie and Hallie realise they’re twins, sob when Hallie gets to see her Mum for the first time, laugh at the entire hotel debacle, and it’s just the greatest film for me. I even have it on DVD for emergencies.
Parent Trap was so utterly unlike any other film I’d seen, and I adored the idea of going to summer camp. (I didn’t enjoy actual summer camp much: Mum sent me away for a summer when I was 11 years old after I begged her to let me live my Parent Trap dreams! My favourite parts were a huge cabin sleepover, the tuck shop and an Internet safety class.) I was beside myself at the thought of one day discovering I had a twin elsewhere in the world. (I don’t.) And it was where my fashion career dreams began, because I desperately wanted to become a glamorous wedding dress designer that lived at that beautiful London townhouse.
(‘Eileen’ red polka dot Bardot dress, c/o Tobi;
‘Tinley’ navy circle bag, Lulu’s;
adidas Originals Superstars.)
God bless Google.
A quick search one evening led me to finally discover exactly where the London scenes were shot. Number 23, Egerton Terrace in South Kensington. It’s extremely reachable and the area is stunning. It’s listed online and receives plenty of tourists! Sarah and I had the best time shooting in front of the townhouse and we marvelled at the exteriors as well as wondered whether the interior is as it was in the film, or whether that was all a film set lie. Please let it be the former!