Hollywood is the undeniable London film capital of the world but recent years have seen an almighty shift in influence across the Atlantic. The Bourne Ultimatum, The Dark Knight, Children Of Men, all big-name movies that have one thing in common: London. The City’s iconic buildings such as Big Ben, Notting Hill and Westminster Bridge and are worthy backdrops to many a large scale production. Sometimes they are instantly recognizable but not always and, sometimes directors opt for originality by using lesser know landmarks. Over the years, London has proved a popular filming location for filmmakers and for those visiting London wishing to take a tour of the city’s most famous film spots, grab a train from your hotel at Heathrow and head to some of the following spots.
Westminster Bridge overlooked by the Houses Of Parliament, is usually a thriving area of the capital. However, in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, it became infamous for the eerie scene in which Cillian Murphy wakes in a post-apocalyptic world and wanders down an empty, rubbish-laden road, cementing the image in the mind of London film buffs for years to come. Not only was the scene fitting for the horror movie but the symbolism, a complete desertion of authority and control, spoke volumes about the movie’s core subject. Many recall the famous fireworks from V for Vendetta as well which saw the Houses of Parliament blown sky-high.
Notting Hill famous for its annual carnival as well as being the setting for Hugh Grant’s blossoming romance with Julia Roberts, has grown into a very affluent, popular part of London. It’s perhaps the king of all London film locations due to its familiarity and general appeal.
King’s Cross was first seen in The Ladykillers but has forever been branded into the world of popular culture thanks to the Harry Potter series. Its interior is home to the mystical departing point to Hogwarts with flocks of young witches and wizards rushing through the barrier at Platform nine and three quarters. A memorable movie location which has seen a plethora of fans come and recreate one of the most loved scenes of the franchise, with very little success, as one might imagine.
Grosvenor Chapel is a lesser known location that served very well for a big movie. The movie in question,Love, Actually, followed a selection of characters along different paths; one such group included Keira Knightley’s marriage to Chiwetel Ejiofor. With the Chapel serving as their place of marriage, those impressed by the movie’s sentimentally sticky tone may find this a great spot to stop at.
Monson Road is strongly associated with another movie gem as well as one of the most quotable horror movies of all time. The road, featured strong in Shaun Of The Dead, houses The Winchester, the go-to safehouse for Simon Pegg’s weather-beaten layabout. The external shots of the pub were The Duke of Albany pub and if you ever find yourself in the middle of a zombie invasion, it’s advised you head here, have a nice cold pint and wait for it all to blow over.
Greg is a film buff and cinema lover who write the article for us.