Top 10 film locations in London

London has played a starring role in many blockbuster movies thanks to its epic skyline, atmospheric streets and royal palaces.

Discover our pick of the best London film locations that have been featured in big screen hits. If you're interested in seeing more, take a film locations tour.

1. Museums and art galleries

Look out for the Natural History Museum in Paddington, spot Tate Modern in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and visit Churchill's wartime headquarters Churchill War Rooms, which were used in the filming for Darkest Hour. Closer features the National Portrait Gallery's Portrait restaurant; while James Bond meets Q at the neighbouring National Gallery in Skyfall.

 
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2. Greenwich

This leafy London borough is a director's dream thanks to its grand buildings. Keep your eyes peeled for Greenwich World Heritage Site the Old Royal Naval College during riot scenes in epic musical Les Misérables and the thrilling opening carriage chase in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The College also doubles as the Lilliputian capital in Gulliver's Travels.

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3. The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9¾

The Hogwarts Express departs from Kings Cross. Visit platforms 4 and 5, which were used for filming, and take a photo pushing a trolley through to a magical world at the wall marked Platform 9¾. Don't forget to visit the Harry Potter Shop, built to resemble Ollivander's wand shop. Potter fans should also visit Leadenhall Market, which was used for exterior shots of Diagon Alley.

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4. London icons

From Tower Bridge to Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, the city's icons pop up in many London-set movies. Some recent highlights include The Da Vinci CodeThe BFG, Doctor Who and James Bond thriller Spectre; while in post-apocalyptic movie 28 Days Later, protagonist Jim walks across a deserted Westminster Bridge towards Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

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5. London's skyline

The capital's epic skyline has been given loads of screen time as it's full of famous buildings. James Bond actor Daniel Craig surveys the skyline in Skyfall. Standing on top of the building that's home to the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the view includes Big Ben and the Ministry of Defence, dotted with flags.

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6. Notting Hill

Starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, Notting Hill thrust the eponymous chic London neighbourhood into the limelight. As well as featuring star attractions Portobello Road and the Notting Hill Coronet cinema, the movie also shows The Ritz hotel where Anna is staying, The Savoy Hotel where the press conference is held, and Kenwood House, the Henry James film set.

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7. South Bank

London's picturebook riverside is one of the city's most popular filming spots thanks to its ever-changing skyline featuring Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, OXO Tower and the London Eye. Movies Wimbledon, Thunderbirds, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy and Fast & Furious 6 all feature scenes here.

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8. Tower Bridge

This famous landmark provides the dramatic backdrop for many films, namely Mission Impossible, Tomb Raider and The Mummy Returns. Bridget Jones walks across Tower Bridge in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which is shot early one morning with the help of many extras crossing the bridge.

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9. Trafalgar Square

As one of the world's most recognisable landmarks, it's no surprise that Trafalgar Square has starred in numerous movies and TV shows, including Captain America, St Trinian's and the final episode of American hit comedy series Ugly Betty. Trafalgar Square also provides the setting for action scenes involving tanks in the Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow.

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10. The Tube

London Underground has been the star of numerous movies, including rom-coms About Time and Love Actually. The Tube has a key role to play in Gwyneth Paltrow film Sliding Doors as her fate depends on whether she catches the next Tube train or not. Cameras rolled at Charing Cross underground station for The Bourne Ultimatum.

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