If there were an Oscar for Best City, London would win hands down. The capital is home to some of the most recognisable film locations from the world’s biggest movies, from Star Wars to Harry Potter via Bond and Bridget Jones.
So even if you’re not invited to this year’s Oscars, why not take a trip to London and become the star of your own fan film? All quiet on set, please!
The Old Royal Naval College has been centre stage for so many films, it deserves an Equity Card. The dramatic final scenes for Thor: The Dark World took place amongst the iconic buildings, while Les Misérables transformed the grounds into the barricades of Paris. Filming for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides took over the site for nearly a month, while the college was chosen to be the Lilliputian capital in Gulliver’s Travels. Visitors big and small will love spending the day here exploring.
This stunning 17th Century mansion on the River Thames frequently appears in sumptuous costume dramas. The luxurious baroque gallery doubled-up as a grand Russian apartment in Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightly, while scenes from Young Victoria were also filmed in the grounds. Ham House has also appeared in John Carter, and often pops up in Downton Abbey. No corset required if you want to make a visit…
London’s famous transport network has been the setting for many big-screen scenes. Jumping on the wrong (maybe?) train was central to Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in Sliding Doors, while James Bond frantically chased villain Raoul Silva through tunnels and Tube stations in Skyfall. Canary Wharf station also makes a cameo as a military base in Star Wars: Rogue One, although you’re more likely to spot commuters than storm troopers on your journey.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields
You may not have heard of them, but Lincoln’s Inn Fields have racked up more movie credits than Samuel L. Jackson. The quiet park surrounded by historic Georgian houses has appeared in several Harry Potter films, Suffragette – starring Meryl Streep – and Sherlock Holmes. It’s also popular with TV shows, starring in Poirot, Downton Abbey and 24, to name a few. In fact, the site is so often overrun with film crews that residents have started to complain!
Start your trip early one morning on Westminster Bridge, exactly the same setting as zombie horror flick 28 Days Later, then take a short walk along the South Bank to Millennium Bridge. The makers of Guardians of the Galaxy were so impressed with the futuristic metal structure that it became part of an alien city, while Death Eaters destroyed it in Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince. Finish by crossing Tower Bridge, where Bridget Jones is frequently seen strutting her singleton stuff.
Fancy creating your own London film locations tour? Book a trip to London on our overnight sleeper service, and use the free on-board WiFi to create your bespoke itinerary. With a comfy bunk and complimentary breakfast, you’ll arrive in Victoria more than ready for your close-up.
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