London is home to some of the world's largest film studios with a number of famous films having been filmed in the capital. We'll be taking a closer look at some of the locations that have been frequently used in motion pictures over the years.
Famous London Film Locations
1. Aldwych Tube Station
The Aldwych tube station is a disused station on the Piccadilly line which closed in 1994. It has appeared in more than 14 films and television shows and is the most commonly used location for filming scenes in the London Underground.
Some of the films that have been shot at Aldwych tube station include:
- Mr. Selfridge
- V for Vendetta
- The Edge of Love
- Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Guided tours of the station take place once a year with tickets usually selling out within minutes.
2. Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is one of the most iconic locations in all of London, so it comes as no surprise that the square has regularly featured in a number of film and TV productions.
Some of the films and TV shows that have been shot in Trafalgar Square include:
- Ugly Betty
- Captain America
- 28 Weeks Later
- Children of Men
- Edge of Tomorrow
3. 33 Portland Place
The Georgian mansion located at 33 Portland Place has featured in numerous film, TV and music video productions, despite it's raunchy reputation. The 110 room house was designed by the Adam brothers in 1776 and features 21 bedrooms. The Marylebone house was most famously used as a location in The King's Speech, doubling as Prince George's bedroom.
Convicted fraudster, Edward Davenport, negotiated an agreement with the building's owners, the Government of Sierra Leone, in 1996 to refurbish the property. He eventually claimed the property for himself. Despite frequently appearing as a location in high-profile films and television productions, 33 Portland Place was developing a darker reputation for hosting wild parties and shoots for blue movies.
The property was recently sold to British investors for around £25 million.
Some of the (above board) film and TV shows that have been filmed at 33 Portland Place include:
- The King's Speech
- Amy Winehouse's Rehab music video
- The Awakening
4. Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge has been captivating people's imagination since first opening in 1894. Designed by Sir Horace Jones, Tower Bridge was an engineering marvel when it first opened, combining balescule and suspension bridge technology to allow for tall ships to pass through the Thames.
As one of London's most famous landmarks, Tower Bridge has appeared in numerous film and TV productions, such as:
- Fast and Furious 6
- Mission Impossible
- Tomb Raider
- The Mummy Returns
- Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Greenwich's historical Old Royal Naval College has been used to portray historical sequences in many films. Empire Magazine has dubbed the Old Royal Naval College the "most popular filming location in the world".
Some of the films shot in Greenwich include:
- The Duchess
- Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides
- Les Misérables
- Thor: The Dark World
- The Dark Knight Rises
- The Iron Lady
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