London is an iconic city, with an endless array of films set in its streets. From the early part of the 21st century through to modern day, London has been the centre of a wide range of movies. London's various neighbourhoods and boroughs have distinct and diverse characteristics, allowing the films to transform the city to a backdrop for romantic, suspenseful, exciting, and even scary scenes depending on the type of film! Here are our top 5 favourite film locations.
1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – Millenium Bridge/King's Cross Station
This is the location wherein Voldemort’s Death Eaters are seen swooping through the sky and collapsing the Millenium Bridge, in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The Millenium Bridge connects St Paul’s Cathedral with the South Bank. Even more frequently shown in the films is King's Cross Station, where Platform 9¾ is located!
2. Notting Hill – Notting Hill/Portobello Road
The entirety of this film takes place in Notting Hill itself – namely, Portobello Road, which is a whimsical area of West London famous for its Portobello Road Market! Head over to the colourful neighbourhood for a wonderful selection of yummy food, book, clothes, art, and general gifts.
3. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Tower Bridge/Borough Market
Bridget Jones herself lives in Borough Market, and the film shows her often walking along Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge underground station is not far and it is one of London’s most iconic locations!
4. 007: Skyfall – Wesminster/Embankment/Trafalgar Square
This newer installment of the James Bond films showcases London in all its glory. With a variety of famous spots shown, you can choose from Westminster parliament buildings, the MI6 Headquarters at 85 Albert Embankment, or head over to the National Gallery where James Bond meets Q for the first time in front of a JMW Turner painting (Room 34, in case you are interested!).
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5. Mission: Impossible – Liverpool Street Station/Southwark Bridge
Tom Cruise and Jean Reno hide in the London safehouse which is actually just above Liverpool Street Station, and are later seen at Liverpool Street Rail Station. The Anchor Tavern is the terraced pub seen in the film, located in a very historic part of London close to the Tate Modern by Southwark Bridge.