Notting Hill colorful houses at Portobello

If you’re a film fan, a few days spent in London can feel a lot like walking onto a film set. Almost wherever you go, you’ll recognise a place or landscape that seems familiar, even if you’ve never visited before and the reason for that is simple; some of the city’s best views have been made famous by iconic movies. London has a long history of being featured in films and many of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters have been filmed on location throughout the city.

How many of the city’s landmarks can you spot in these films?

Notting Hill (1999)

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Starring: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant

Notting Hill is a rom-com favourite that is set, as the name suggests, in London’s Notting Hill. It tells the story of William Thacker, a small time bookshop owner, who comes face to face with Anna Scott, one of the world’s biggest film stars. With his love life a mess, money troubles and an eclectic group of family and friends, William realises just how complicated life can be when he falls in love with a celebrity. This film made Notting Hill one of London’s most famous neighbourhoods. You might not be able to locate that famous front door but a Saturday morning spent in this part of the city is no less enjoyable for it.

Love, Actually (2003)

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Starring: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon

Arguably one of the most romantic films that’s ever been set in London, Love, Actually was a worldwide hit when it was released in 2003. The film follows the lives of different Londoners all leading up to Christmas and slowly reveals how they are linked through love and loss. There are tonnes of London landmarks to be seen throughout the film so, if you find yourself with a day to spare, why not fill it by following in the footsteps of the movie’s stars? It’s a great way to see more of the city, especially if you were one of the millions of people glued to this year’s Comic Relief sequel.

The Bank Job (2008)

Genre: Action/Heist
Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows

Based on the 1971 Baker Street robbery, The Bank Job is a modern take on the classic British heist genre, with a bit of action thrown in for good measure. It follows a criminal gang and their attempt to rob a bank by tunnelling under the bank vault in a race against time before MI5 get wind of their plan.

Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant

Bridget Jones’ Diary follows the story of Bridget, a thirty-something Londoner and her quest to lose weight, give up smoking and find love. Bridget quickly finds herself torn between two men, still smoking and with a mother who won’t stop setting her up with completely the wrong people.

If you have a few minutes to spare during your trip, take a stroll over Tower Bridge like Bridget, pausing to admire the view and snap a few pics when you get to the other side or stock up on fresh produce, coffee and snacks at Borough Market.

Oliver! (1968)

Genre: Musical
Starring: Jack Wild, Mark Lester, Ron Moody

Based on Charles Dickens’ 1838 novel ‘Oliver Twist’, this movie follows the adventures of orphan Oliver. Oliver arrives in London alone after escaping from a workhouse and soon becomes acquainted with new friend Artful Dodger, crook Fagin, a band of young pickpockets and a whole host of questionable characters. As the movie is set over 150 years ago, viewers are able to see what some of the city’s best views would have been before London became what we know it as today.