Film locations in London

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

Discover some of the best London film locations that have been featured in big screen hits. From the historic buildings of Greenwich to the iconic streets of Notting Hill, the capital is a filmmaker’s dream – check out these movies filmed in London.

Best action films

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  • As Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr. takes a trip around the city. Victorian London features heavily, with locations including Brompton Cemetery, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Reform Club.
  • Tower Bridge can be seen in all its glory in 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
  • The London safe house in which Tom Cruise and Jean Reno hide out in Mission: Impossible is right above Liverpool Street Underground station. Keep an eye out for the Anchor Bankside in Southwark which also makes an appearance in the film.
  • Not only is Hendon Police College in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it also makes the cut in the hilarious action-comedy Hot Fuzz.
  • Spot art deco Freemason’s Hall in the 2016 Assassin’s Creed movie. This Grade II-listed building in Holborn is also used in many other films and TV productions, including Spooks and Poirot.
  • Dom and Letty’s London car chase in Fast & Furious 6 takes them to the iconic Wembley Stadium. The arena can also be seen in Guy Ritchie’s action-thriller RocknRolla and the comedy Get Him to the Greek starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand.
  • 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: The First Avenger, Edge of Tomorrow and family comedy St Trinian’s.
  • Cameras rolled at Charing Cross Underground station for The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon and Julia Stiles.
  • The unique concrete architecture of Alexandra Road Estate in South Hampstead was used as Eggsy’s house in Kingsman: The Secret Service. You can also pop in for a pint in The Black Prince on Kennington Road, and spy Imperial College London and a classy tailors on Saville Row in west London.

Best thriller movies

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  • Spot protagonist Jim walk across a deserted Westminster Bridge towards Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in post-apocalyptic movie 28 Days Later.
  • Tottenham Court Road Tube station’s long escalator makes an appearance in An American Werewolf in London when the werewolf stalks a boy through the underground tunnels.
  • Alex chucks a stash into the river just down from the Thamesmead estate in south-east London in A Clockwork Orange.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Professor Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code in places such as The National Gallery, King’s College Library, Horse Guard’s Parade, Westminster Abbey and Temple Church.
  • Watch the London scenes in American heist thriller film Now You See Me 2. The star-studded film features a scene at the Farmiloe Building in Farringdon.
  • Sci-fi action-thriller V for Vendetta sees an explosive end for the Houses of Parliament.

Comedy movies

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  • Bridget Jones’s Diary is one of the most iconic movies filmed in London, with many locations across the capital. Bridget’s flat is fictionally above the Globe Tavern, a traditional corner pub on Bedale Street in Borough Market.
  • Watch Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver fight at the Italian Fountains in Hyde Park in the sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Kensington Gardens also makes an appearance, along with Piccadilly Circus and Trinity Church Square.
  • The third film of the trilogy, Bridget Jones's Baby, features a variety of different locations in the city, including Southwark Bridge and Albert Bridge, Gatwick Airport and the Old Bailey.
  • Look out for groovy London locations in Austin Powers in Goldmember. Thanks to the powers of special effects, Austin’s pad is on the roof of the old County Hall – now SEA LIFE London Aquarium – on London’s South Bank.
  • The scenes in Shaun of the Dead’s pub, The Winchester, were actually filmed at the Duke of Albany in New Cross.
  • Watch Rowan Atkinson drive a car recovery lorry through Leadenhall Market in Johnny English Reborn. In Johnny English Strikes Again, you can spot the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on King Charles Street.
  • A Street Cat Named Bob found a purrfect London film location in Covent Garden.
  • Take a journey around London and spot locations such as More London Riverside, Tower Bridge, Battersea Park and Victoria Embankment in Run, Fat Boy, Run starring Simon Pegg.

Harry Potter film locations

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  • The Hogwarts Express departs from King's Cross station in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Visit platforms four and five, 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.
  • Leadenhall Market features in several Harry Potter films. It's used for Diagon Alley and the blue door of the opticians in Bull's Head Passage is the entrance to The Leaky Cauldron.
  • You can even spot the wizard himself (or a bronze sculpture of his likeness) manoeuvring on his broom at the Scenes in the Square trail at Leicester Square.

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Historical movies

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  • Go underground and visit Churchill's wartime headquarters Churchill War Rooms, which were used in the filming for Darkest Hour
  • Among other London film locations, The King’s Speech uses the real Harley Street and an apartment building in Kennington for Logue's home.
  • During filming of the movie Downton Abbey, the Hope & Anchor Pub in Hammersmith was still open and doubled up as the fictional York Public House.
  • Explore more settings used to create the glamorous world of the Crawley family on the Downtown Abbey walking tour of London.
  • Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning appearance in The Queen also features Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.
  • Hackney Empire and The Mildmay Club in Stoke Newington appear in Judy – a film about Judy Garland’s younger years – which was set in 1968 London. 

James Bond films

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  • See where James Bond meets Q at the National Gallery in Skyfall. James Bond actor Daniel Craig also surveys the London skyline in the movie. 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.
  • James Bond thriller Spectre features the Treasury Building on Great George Street, off Whitehall, as well as the MI6 HQ at Vauxhall Cross. The fictional Centre for National Security’s interior was filmed in London City Hall, alongside Tower Bridge.
  • You can spot multiple film locations in No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s fifth stint at playing 007 which takes him back to Whitehall, Pall Mall, Hammersmith Bridge, the Thames riverbanks and a number of other locations around London.
  • Discover more 007 film locations on a James Bond walking tour and get up close and personal to James Bond at Madame Tussauds London, which also currently has a Star Wars walk-through exhibition.

London films for kids

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  • Portobello Road and the Jubilee line jostle for screen time in Paddington, and of course, Paddington station can be seen in the film. However, nearby Marylebone station was used for the entrance of the station in the film.
  • Highgate Cemetery and the Lambeth area were chosen among other London film locations in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
  • Look out for the Natural History Museum in Paddington, among other London favourites. Chalcot Crescent in Primrose Hill was used for the exterior shots of the Browns’ family home.
  • See Covent Garden’s Chandos Place and Goodwin Court in Mary Poppins Returns.
  • See Battersea Park star as St James’s Park in 101 Dalmatians, among other top London film locations including Trafalgar Square and The Mall alongside Buckingham Palace.
  • Spot (pardon the pun) Westminster Bridge in 102 Dalmatians when Cruella De Vil turns London into her favourite spotted pattern. St Pancras Station, 40 Brunswick Gardens in Kensington and Hampstead High Street Police Station also make an appearance in the sequel.
  • Buckingham Palace features heavily when Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant talk to Queen Elizabeth II in The BFG.
  • If you’re a fan of BBC TV show Doctor Who, you'll love seeing where they filmed your favourite episodes. The Doctor visits London regularly, for business and pleasure, dropping in on the likes of Canary Wharf and even Battersea Power Station.
  • Some of the alien city in Guardians of the Galaxy is provided by the metal exterior staircases of the Lloyd’s Building on Lime Street in the City of London. You can also spot the Millennium Bridge in the movie.
  • University College London has been used as a set in many top movies, including The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, but it was also seen in the 2004 Thunderbirds movie.

Musicals in London

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  • Old favourite Mary Poppins has a myriad of London landmarks to marvel over, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Tower Bridge. There are also plenty of Georgian buildings which look like the Banks’ house in areas such as Chelsea and Kensington. See the Mary Poppins musical in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre.
  • In Rocketman, Regency Cafe had its tables and chairs changed for the film, to look like the old Lancaster Grill on Tottenham Court Road, where Elton John and Bernie Taupin met for the first time in real life.
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again uses the Royal College of Physicians in Regent's Park for an awards dinner. The London film location is also used in Paddington 2 as the Metropolitan Police Station.
  • Spot London landmarks in Cats, with its all-star cast including Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Jennifer Hudson.

Romantic movies

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  • In Atonement, Robbie says his emotional goodbyes to Cecilia between Whitehall and Northumberland Avenue in the heart of Westminster, before being shipped off to fight in France.
  • You can still wander the same streets in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and look at the same market and book shops you see in the movie Notting Hill.
  • In Four Weddings and a Funeral, watch Hugh Grant’s character Charles wander along South Bank before having a marital meltdown at St Bartholomew the Great’s church.
  • Spot the Tate Modern in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and in Closer, which also features the National Portrait Gallery's Portrait restaurant and SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
  • The London Underground has a key role in Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Watch her alternative fates which both depend on which train she catches.
  • South Bank makes an appearance in tennis-themed rom-com Wimbledon – you can also spot the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane and Terminal 1 at Heathrow Airport.
  • Richard Curtis’ About Time features a restaurant scene that took place at 1 Newburgh Street in London.
  • You can find the London film location for Amira’s flat in Breaking and Entering, starring Jude Law, on Rowley Way in South Hampstead.
  • Spy an abundance of London film locations in Match Point, including the Royal Court Theatre on Sloane Square and County Hall on South Bank, where Shrek's Adventure! London is now located.

London Christmas films

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  • The London Underground has been the star of numerous movies, including rom-com and Christmas favourite Love Actually. St Lukes Mews in Notting Hill, Somerset House and Selfridges on Oxford Street were also used as London film locations.
  • Last Christmas was filmed on location in Covent Garden – the crew built a new shop in the Market Building.
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was filmed across South Kensington and Dulwich, with stately homes in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Middlesex also used in the film.
  • Set in London, About a Boy with Hugh Grant features a range of top London attractions, including London Zoo, Regent’s Park and Lady Margaret Road in Kentish Town. From Acton Town to Oxford Street, you can spot many London film locations in this Christmas classic.

Explore the stories behind the movie magic captured in the capital, with Film London's new Movie Magic Tour, a free, self-guided audio tour featuring 12 filming locations across central London, from Batman Begins to Mary Poppins Returns.

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