If you sometimes have a feeling of déjà-vu while walking in London, maybe it’s because you’ve seen the place in one of the films or series shot in London. From Bridget Jones to James Bond, many of the best known blockbusters have been filmed in London and its famous monuments.
When we think about films locations in London, the first that come to our mind is the Harry Potter one, the british saga worldwide known.
Like Harry Potter, let’s go to Regent’s Park and start your visit with ZSL London Zoo and its famous Reptile House where Harry talks with a snake.
Then, head towards Westminster station where we see Harry and Arthur Weasley going to the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The station was closed for an entire day for the shot of this scene.
After that, cross Westminster Bridge and walk along the River Thames until St Paul and the Millenium Bridge, which was destroyed by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
You can then go to the City to see Leadenhall Market which was used to shot the scenes of Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his school’s supplies for Hogwarts with Hagrid.
After that, head to King’s Cross and the famous platform 9 3/4 to go to Hogwarts. You will also see the St Pancras International that Harry and Ron fly over on board of the flying car, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, after missing the Hogwarts Express.
The fans of the saga can also go to Leavesden to explore the Warner Bros Studios and discover the models, costumes and other films locations of Harry Potter.
If you’re a fan of Bridget Jones, let’s go to Borough Market to see the flat of the most famous thirty-year-old of England. The flat is on top of the bar “The Globe”. Borough Market is also the place where Bridget run errands in order to cook her famous blue soup.
Station: London Bridge.
Head to Notting Hill to enjoy the charm of its coloured houses and the films locations of one of the most famous british romantic comedy.
Unfortunately, the bookshop which was on Portobello Road and which inspires Richard Curtis, the screenwriter of the movie, has been closed. Now, it’s a gift shop called “Notting Hill” (142 Portobello Road).
Richard Curtis’ house has been used in the movie as Will’s house. The original blue door that we can see in the film has been sold by auction for charity (280 Westbourne Park Road).
To end on a high note, you can go to Portobello Market in the heart of Notting Hill. That’s where they shot the scene of Hugh Grant walking through the seasons on the Bill Withers’ music: Ain’t no sunshine.
The British capital is also known to have hosted the shootings of many James Bond, the British Secret Service agent.
So, we can see Daniel Craig at Trafalgar Square and in the National Art Gallery in Skyfall. Or Pierce Brosnan in the movie Die another day, near a false train station at the end of Westminster Bridge called “Vauxhall Cross” in reference to the MI6 building located at Vauxhall.
Nevertheless, the SIS Building is the most symbolic monument of those movies. It’s the headquarters of the British secret services and it’s also called the MI6! It has appeared in many James Bond movies such as GoldenEye, The world is not enough, Die another day, Skyfall and Spectre.
Richard Curtis has also written and directed the movie Love Actually which occurs in London. The lives of the characters are more or less interlinked. It’s possible to see a lot of famous monuments of the capital in this movie.
Juliet and Peter got married in the Grosvenor Chapel, in Mayfair. This chapel is located near Hyde Park, at St Audley Street.
The mythic scene of the movie, when Mark says to Juliet that he loves her took place in St Luke’s Mews in Notting Hill.
The scene with Rowan Atkinson as a salesman was shot at Selfridges in Oxford Street. This shop has opened in 1909 and is now a chain of high end department stores in the United Kingdom.
We can also see Trafalgar Square, Somerset House, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millenium Bridge, the Tate Modern the OXO Tower and the City Hall.
The Crown is one of Netflix’s series and is about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Many scenes were shot at Lancaster House, a manor near St. James’ Park. This place is often used as a filming location to represent Buckingham Palace. Some scenes from National Treasure 2: the Book of Secrets, the King’s Speech or Dowton Abbey were also shot there.
In the Netflix’s serie Sense8, you will see London from Primrose Hill, where Riley, the young Icelander DJ, used to go to at sunrise. From this hill, you have a view of The Shard, the Walkie Talkie, St Paul’s Cathedral and London Eye. This viewpoint is located at Regents Park (station: Chalk Farm).
So if you don’t know what to do this week-end, you can visit the films locations of those movies (and many more)!
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