The Athenaeum Club, in London's St James' district, converted to the Princess Theatre for a movie production.

Movies filmed on the streets of London – part 2

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10 More classic movies captured around the heart of London

I’ve lost count the number of times we have paused a movie or TV series which is shot around London. Gary and I then debate at where it is or which one of our memorable trips to London that we strolled passed it.
 
During our 2019 winter visit, we came across two film crews. One was in Greenwich Old Royal Naval College, which is used regularly for filming as it’s so easily transformed into period London. On this occasion, they were shooting ‘The Crown

The Athenaeum Club, in London's St James' district, converted to the Princess Theatre for a movie production.

The Athenaeum Club converted to the Princess Theatre for the movies

The other film crew we stumbled upon was in St James’s at The Athenaeum private members club along the Pall Mall. They didn’t want to divulge what movie or series they were filming, we’ll just have to keep an eye out and search the filming locations on IMDb.com.

Hopefully, you’ve already taken a peek at our Movies filmed on the streets of London Part 1. We had so many classics to choose from we just had to create part 2.

Once again there are family favourites, some feel-good movies, high-action and a couple featuring a super-sleuth.

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1 - Sherlock

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Ok, so this is not a movie it’s a TV series, but who doesn’t love Sherlock Holmes. Certainly not me, as the detective appears again in my movie selection below.

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This very modern-day version of the sleuth’s adventures with his trusty sidekick is marvellous. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman add an individual twist and dry sense of humour that I love. That’s before I get onto Andrew Scott’s portrayal of ‘Moriarty’.
 
While we were strolling around St. Bart’s and Smithfield’s, we recognised a few backdrops from this production.

How to get there

Your closest tube station will be Barbican on the  Bakerloo  ,  Circle  &  Hammersmith & City  lines.

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2 - The Mission Impossible series

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Tom Cruise has been on high alert now for over 20 years, with the first Mission Impossible movie being released in 1996. I wonder whether he would have accepted the mission then if he knew how long it was going to last.

The Anchor Pub, as featured in the final scene of Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible reboot film franchise.

The Anchor Pub, as featured in the final scene of Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible reboot film franchise.

Now there have been six movies filmed all over the world, I struggle to recall some of the locations. However, Gary remembers being nearby Liverpool Street Station when the first movie was shot. And many a time I’ve sat outside the Anchor pub on London’s Bankside, where Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames shared a tipple.

A series of columns found at Inner Temple in London, used in a scene for the Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

Columns found at Inner Temple as seen in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Rogue Nation the 2015 flick was also shot at various sites around the capital. Middle Temple, which was used in The Da Vinci Code, is in the secluded legal district of London. Once again Brompton Cemetery rears its spooky head.

How to get there

Temple is your tube station for this area. It's on the   District   &  Circle   lines.

It's worth noting that the Temple areas are private, and there is no automatic public right of way. So, at some times they may be closed off - for example when they're filming around here!

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3 - Layer Cake

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This gritty 2004 underworld crime movie is one of Gary’s favourites, so when we took a stroll around Westminster early this year, we headed to the ‘Regency Café. You may also recognise the eatery from the films Brighton Rock and Pride.

The art deco styled Regency Café on Page Street, Westminster.  This no-frills café has featured in a movie or two.

The Regency Cafe has feautured in a few movies.

Daniel Craig’s role in Layer Cake is slightly removed from his current character of 007. He plays a drug dealer and all-round shrewd, hard man.

Also, in this movie are fantastic performances from Tom Hardy and Kenneth Cranham.

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4 - Notting Hill

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This 1999 iconic movie was another delightful hit for Richard Curtis. As the name suggests, it was set in and around Notting Hill in west London, amongst stunning townhouses and secluded secret gardens. Julia Roberts plays the role of a movie star who gradually and at somewhat arms distance, falls in love with an unknown bookstore owner (Hugh Grant). I’m not going to give any spoilers.

The world-famous Ritz Hotel in London has featured in many films.  This grand building on Piccadilly oozes style & sophistication.

The Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly

Notting Hill the movie has an eclectic mix of characters. Who doesn’t love Spike, the Welsh flatmate of Hugh Grant who would come out with humorous lines like ‘chicks love grey’?
 
Although when I think of the movie, it’s often the grand London hotels that that spring to mind, the Savoy and the Ritz.

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5 - Mary Poppins Returns

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A classic family favourite has had a delightful modern makeover. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda appear in the enchanting 2018 Mary Poppins movie. It’s full of all the fun of the original, bottomless mystical bags, talking umbrellas and floating over the rooftops of the streets of London.

St Pauls' cathedral, a feature of a classic London skyline, that features in many movies filmed in London.

A feature of a classic London skyline

Mary Poppins returns to the Bank’s family after a few decades and continues to sprinkle her magic. Keep an eye out for Dick Van Dyke who played Bert in the original 1964 film.

The front of the old Royal Exchange Building in Cornhill, London which doubles as the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank in Mary Poppins Returns

The Royal Exchange Building

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6 - Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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Angelina Jolie appears at various hot spots across London in this action-packed movie. Including Leadenhall Market, Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and an old haunt of James Bond in Skyfall, ‘Trinity House’ which is located near the Tower of London.
 
Based on the video game, the archaeologist Lara Croft comes to life. She is on a time-critical mission in search of ancient artefacts to save us all.

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Trinity House is close to the Tower of London, and Tower Hill Tube station on the   District   &  Circle  lines.
Trinity House, a neo-classical building close to Tower Hill in London, has been in plenty of movies.

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If you enjoy finding out a little more about London districts, take a look at the articles we created for Spitalfields, Smithfield, Clerkenwell, Temple, Westminster, Camden, St James’s and Greenwich.

7 - Sherlock Holmes

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This time it’s the Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law version of Sherlock Holmes. Additionally, it’s another film by the director Guy Ritchie, there appears to be a bit of a theme here.

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The King Charles Quarters at the Old Royal Naval College

The blundering detective and the reliable Dr Watson set off and pass by various known sights around London. Somerset House, Covent Garden and Brompton cemetery are backdrops. Along with the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich as Baker Street.

Impressive Victorian tombs and classically styled features of Brompton Cemetery, in London, have appeared in many movies.

Brompton Cemetery

What I also enjoy about this movie as a quite a few scenes were shot at Chatham Dockyard in Kent, not too far from where we live.

Quiet lanes between brick-built warehouse buildings of Chatham Dockyard that double as different locations & different periods in plenty of movies.

The historic Lanes of Chatham Dockyard

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8 - A Good Year

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I love this film; it has to be one of my favourites. While a fair share of it is filmed in Provence, and lured us to return, London is also featured a reasonable amount. Max, the cold-hearted city trader, played by Russell Crowe, has his office located within The Gherkin.
The Gherkin, the workplace of Max in a Good Year, captured at dusk and is an icon of the London skyline.

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The Lloyd's of London building in the City of London is an icon for films based in the financial sector.

Lloyd's of London

The other iconic City of London building that is used in this movie is the Lloyd’s Building.

Now slightly overshadowed by other skyscrapers, by highly recognizable across the skyline. The Lloyd’s Building is also known as the ‘Inside-Out Building’.
 
If you love a feel-good movie, this is one directed by Ridley Scott is one to watch, it also stars the delightful actor, the late Albert Finney.

How to get there

There's 3 tube stations to chose from;

- Bank (  Central  ,   Northern   &  Waterloo & City   Lines),
- Liverpool Street (  Central  ,  Circle  Metropolitan   &  Hammersmith & City  lines) &
- Aldgate (  Circle &  Metropolitan    lines)

Also note at the weekends the City of London is very quiet, so can be a great time to visit but not many bars, cafes or restarants open but head to Spitalfields for a treat

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9 - The Bridget Jones movies

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Next is Bridget Jones’s Diary, I can’t believe this film was released in 2001.

The lit Tower Bridge at night, and iconic London backdrop.

Tower Bridge at night

Starring Renée Zellweger running around the streets of London in her pyjamas. This blockbusting movie just reminds me of the districts of London I love, the City of London, Borough Market, Tower Bridge and the Southbank.
 
This is a romantic comedy that doesn’t always go well for the bumbling Bridget, who can forget the big knickers.

Snowshill, a picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds, with the Church at the centre, and the rolling hills of the countryside as a backdrop.

Snowshill, in the Cotswolds.

We didn’t realise at the time. However, we’ve visited the tiny village of Snowshill in the Cotswolds, where sections of this movie were filmed.

10 - Closer

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The reason I have chosen this 2004 movie is because of the tranquil and touching little park that the film is based around and that’s ‘Postman’s Park’.

The flower beds in Postman's park in the City of London in front of the memorial for heroic sacrifice.

Postmans' Park 

The little garden is home to the Watts Memorial. The memorial in this hideaway is for Heroic Self-Sacrifice and was founded by George Frederick Watts. It was created to ensure that the lives of ordinary people would not go unforgotten and opened in 1900. Take a moment under the roofed terrace and read the very touching stories of heroic bravery.

Plaques in the Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice detailing those who gave their lives to save others.

The plaques in Postmans' Park

The movie ‘Closer’ stars Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Clive Owen. The plot of the film revolves around the story of the plaque dedicated to the servant Alice Ayres.

How to get there

Your nearest tube station is St Pauls of the  Central   line.

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The district of Clerkenwell

Well, Clerkenwell is gaining popularity as a film set too. The beautiful Art Deco building ‘Florin Court’ on the edge of Charterhouse Square was used as ‘Whitehaven Mansions’ in Poirot.
The Art Deco Florin Court building in Clerkenwell that doubles as ‘Whitehaven Mansions’ in Poirot

‘Whitehaven Mansions’ ?

St. James’s Church in Clerkenwell prepared for the filming of The Gangs of London

St. James’s Church in Clerkenwell 

In 2019 we were wandering by the Horseshoe Pub in Clerkenwell Close and noticed a crew filming. I couldn’t help myself and ask one of the guys what they were shooting, it was the recently released ‘Gangs of London’.

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Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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