Scenes from the screens: famous film locations in London

It can be quite surreal and exciting visiting scenes from your favourite movies in real life. Many blockbuster hits are filmed in the magnificent city of London, and with a vast skyline, atmospheric streets and grand museums and art galleries, it’s not hard to see why. You might recognise some of these famous locations in London…

King’s cross Station

King’s Cross Station is one of the busiest stations in the whole of London, not only because it acts as the terminus for several main train lines in the UK, it’s also the backdrop for many iconic movies. Many tourists will instantly recognise King’s Cross Station from the Harry Potter franchise as this is where the students of Hogwarts board the steam train from Platform 9 ¾ . In the station, there is a wall positioned directly between platforms 9 and 10 with a luggage trolley entering the wall, just like in the movies.

Other movies featuring King’s Cross

  • Mission Impossible
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Imitation Game
Kings Cross is a popular film location in London, mainly for the Harry Potter franchise.

Portobello Road

Famed for being home to the largest antiques market in the world, Portobello Road attracts thousands of tourists each year. The 1.8km road that stretches through Notting Hill also seems to attract movie producers too. The classic 1999 movie ‘Notting Hill’, staring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts was mostly shot here, particularly shining a light on number 142, the location used for the Travel Bookshop Hugh Grant’s character works at. The shop still remains there today as a gift store.

Other films

  • Paddington 2
  • The Italian Job
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Trafalgar Square

Whether you’ve visited Trafalgar Square or not, everyone is sure to recognise this iconic location in central London from a number of blockbuster movies filmed here.  In Captain America: The First Avenger, Trafalgar Square is used as the spot for VE Day Celebrations, whilst in V for Vendetta, masked crowds march through here on their way to destroy the Houses of Parliament. The square is also used for the final scene in the final episode of American hit series, Ugly Betty.

  • St Trinians
  • Sherlock
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Edge of Tomorrow

Westminster Bridge

Situated directly outside the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Bridge connects Westminster on the west side to Lambeth of the east side. Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later begins on an empty Westminster Bridge when Cillian Murphy’s character awakes from a coma and searches for signs of life. With thousands of commuters and tourists crossing the bridge every day, the scene had to be shot on an early weekend morning in order to make London look as deserted as possible.

Other films featuring Westminster Bridge

  • Harry Potter
  • Transformers
  • Spectre

Borough Market

Borough Market is a lively spot, acting as food and drink hub as well as an ideal movie set. The Bridget Jones movies features a number of locations across London, however Borough Market acts as a primary spot. The exterior of Bridget’s flat can be found on 8 Bedale Street, above the busy Globe Tavern corner pub – a must visit for any Bridget Jones fan.

Other films featuring Borough Market

  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Harry Potter
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

 Are there scenes from the screens you would like to visit in life?

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