Fanspots Stories London Fanspots is a collection of legendary images from movies, TV shows, music, comics and novels.
These are often anonymous places these are that have become world-famous thanks to pop culture, to the point where they are now inseparable from the works they were used to set.
Cosmopolitan, buzzing and galvanizing, London offers designers a wealth of inspiration to draw from. Culture quickly took over London and made it its playground. Directors and scriptwriters, novelists and cartoonists, musicians and composers, many were born in the English capital or have settled there to exploit its magnificence and thus continue to write its legend. The secrets of a hundred of these places are revealed in this second volume of the Fanspots Stories series.
Did you know that the legendary album Abbey Road should have been called Everest but the Beatles did not want to be photographed at the foot of the Himalayas and opted for simplicity by staying at home; that the The Rolling Stones refused to allow Bill Wyman, their former bass player, to name his restaurant Satisfaction that the introduction of 28 Days Later, in a deserted London was shot without any special effects; that the pig-shaped balloon on the cover of the album Animals from Pink Floyd caused an interruption in air traffic; that Bob Dylan recorded the first video clip in the history of music in London: that John Landis obtained permission to film The Werewolf of London in the British capital after hosting a screening of Blues Brothers for 300 members of the police force; that the Sherlock was never shot in Baker Street; that Paddington has its origins at the foot of a Christmas tree; or that The Portrait of Dorian Gray caused a scandal on its release and became the target of censorship?
The apartment of Bridget Jones, the bookstore of Notting Hill…the 9 3⁄4-inch platform of Harry Potter MI6 from James Bond, the shop Kingsman, John Steed’s apartment in The Avengers, UNIT headquarters in Doctor Who, the London park of Sense8, the cemetery in Back to Black of Amy Winehouse, the address of the cover of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars by David Bowie, the pub of From Hell, the lair of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the cemetery of Dracula, station in the War of the Worlds, 221 Baker Street and Sherlock Holmes…
Put together by a team of pop culture experts and packed with anecdotes, Fanspots Stories London tells more than just a story: it’s some of the most fascinating stories in pop culture.