Some of the biggest films to ever hit the silver screen were shot right here in London.
The historic city skyline has been featured in countless blockbuster titles, and visitors to the city can see some of the best views from London’s most iconic movies. There are a lot of locations you may have seen in films without even realising. We’ve put together some of the most interesting movie locations from around the city, so you can follow in the footsteps of the stars as you travel around London.
Danny Boyle’s zombie thriller 28 Days Later became a cult classic after fans were shown what a post-apocalyptic London would look like. The film’s iconic opening scene saw actor Cillian Murphy roaming barefoot around a deserted London, after waking up to a world gone mad. Unfortunately you’ll never find the bridge that sits alongside Westminster Abbey quite as empty as it is in the film, but you can still walk along and try to imagine the chilling feeling of being completely alone. This is undoubtedly one of the best views from London’s most iconic movies.
Platform 9 ¾
Fans of the worldwide wizarding franchise will be familiar with the magical platform that can only be accessed through an invisible portal. Students of the fictional school of witchcraft and wizardry have to pass through the portal if they want to catch the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾. You may not know that a real life version of the platform’s portal was created at Kings Cross Station. Have your photo taken as you push your luggage trolley straight through a brick wall. Platforms four and five were used during the filming of the Harry Potter films, so you may be able to spot some familiar sights if you decide to visit.
London’s South Bank is the location of many famous landmarks and attractions, like the London Eye and the Millennium Bridge. The iconic location has been featured in countless big titles over recent years. It was the location of an intense street race in Fast and Furious 6. It was the target of an alien invasion in the latest instalment of Thor. It was where the Thunderbirds saved the day in the live action adaptation of the classic children’s show. These are just a few of the appearances that this popular London location has made on the big screen.
The iconic bridge has been used in a number of stunts throughout cinema history. The raising of the Tower Bridge was used in the Mummy Returns, as Brendan Fraser and his family make their daring escape from the evil cult members chasing them. Today, it’s one of the best views from London’s most iconic movies you can get as you travel the city.
Back before special effects and CGI, there were films like American Werewolf in London, which used traditional makeup to create truly horrific scenes. The creators behind the cult classic are known for their industry-changing innovations in film effects. One of the most iconic scenes from the film is when the newly transformed wolf-man runs through a busy Piccadilly Circus attacking innocent pedestrians. Be sure to watch out for any rampant werewolves if you pass through Piccadilly this summer.