We all know the famous spots to frequent on a visit to the big smoke. Hyde Park, Bond Street and Piccadilly Circus are just a few of the tourist attractions that leave visitors in awe. But, if you’re looking for more unusual places to visit in London, then why not follow the stars?
London has played host to thousands of films throughout the years, with some of its most distinctive landmarks, as well as a few hidden gems, used as a backdrop for movies of all kinds.
Whether you’re an action fan and want to follow in Bond’s footsteps, are in love with the magical world of Harry Potter or never get bored of Bridget Jones, there’s a film location to match. The great news for film buffs is that it’s easy to see some of the locations for yourself. Why not add these locations to your itinerary for your next trip to London?
King’s Cross is one of the first things many tourists see when they get into London if they arrive on the train. This is more than a station though, it’s a destination in its own right and a must see for film fans. Its distinctive architecture has featured in a number of hit films – most notably Harry Potter. This is the place where the Hogwarts Express departs. If you’re travelling with your own little wizards, there’s a Platform 93/4 within the train station. King’s Cross has also featured in a number of other films including The Ladykillers, Chariots of Fire and Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.
South Bank is one of the city’s most popular locations and many a TV show and film has been shot here. Aside from its somewhat calming atmosphere (even on the busier days), one of the main draws for filmmakers is the ever-changing skyline framing the Thames. Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern, the OXO Tower and the London Eye all make for a truly spectacular backdrop. Films including Fast & Furious 6, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thunderbirds and Wimbledon were all shot here.
One of the capital’s most famous landmarks, it’s no wonder that Tower Bridge has featured in many silver screen films over the years. Mission Impossible, Tomb Raider, Bridget Jones and The Mummy Returns are just a handful of the blockbusters that have shot scenes on the historic bridge.
Whether you visit during the day or at night, Trafalgar Square truly is one of a kind. The imposing statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson guarded by four lions towers over the surrounding area, the bronze equestrian statue of George IV stops tourists in their tracks and the large fountain plays host to thousands in the summer months. Thanks to its unique nature, it has featured in Hollywood blockbusters galore, including Captain America and Edge of Tomorrow, as well as UK favourite, St Trinian’s.
Of course, there are many other film spots dotted around London. Notting Hill is one of the most famous, lending its name to the favourite Brit flick, while lots of scenes have been shot on the iconic London Tube.
If you’re on the hunt for a few unusual places to visit in London, make a note of your favourite films. You may be surprised to find they were filmed right here in the capital.