London: Mission: Impossible locations

Since the memorable stunt on the back of the TGV in the tunnel under the channel, the agent Ethan Hunt of Mission: Impossible remains linked to the British capital. It's not surprising then that he makes regular stops there throughout the franchise. From explosions to chase, don't lose the rhythm: go for it!

Mission: Impossible in London

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to follow in the footsteps of Ethan Hunt, a member of Mission: Impossible, through the beautiful streets of London. Warning, this article will (not) self-destruct in 5 seconds.

Mission: Impossible

Liverpool Street Station

Liverpool Street Station - Mission: Impossible
Liverpool Street Station – Mission: Impossible

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) makes contact with Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) in a cabin at Liverpool Street Station. The two men then went to a safe house, located just above the building. Tom Cruise initiated the adaptation of the series to the cinema. Initially, he had planned to collaborate with Sydney Pollack. The two men had just finished The Firm. But the director preferred to devote himself to his project Sabrina and Brian de Palma finally took over the reins. This project gave him the opportunity to re-launch his career. Liverpool Street station dates back to 1874. During the First World War, this was the first place in London to be hit by a bombing raid. It took place in May 1917 and resulted in 162 deaths.

Address: Liverpool Street, London, United Kingdom

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Brompton Cemetery – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) joins Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) in London to give him a USB key, before resuming his undercover assignment. They meet in the heart of Brompton Cemetery. It is part of the Magnificent Seven, seven cemeteries created in the 19th century to compensate for the overcrowding of churches that had become too small. The Brompton suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (embodied by Meryl Streep in 2015) is buried at the Brompton suffragette. Christopher McQuarrie is the only director to have directed two films in the Mission franchise: Impossible with Rogue Nation and Fallout.

Address: Fulham Road, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Middle Temple Cloister

After defusing a bomb, Ethan and Ilsa are pursued by Solomon Lane’s men. Ilsa engaged in a knife fight with one of them in the courtyard of the Middle Temple cloister. In the 12th and 13th centuries, law was taught by the clergy in the City, until a papal decision in 1218 forbade its members to practice law in lay courts. Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court in London whose only members are entitled to be admitted to the bar.

Address: 1 Pump Court, London, United Kingdom

Tower of London

Sitting on the terrace of a restaurant on the banks of the Thames, Ethan Hunt negotiates the return of Benji (Simon Pegg) in exchange for a list of bank account numbers. If the place does exist, the restaurant leaning against the Tower of London is, for its part, a decoration built from scratch. Built in 1078, the famous tower served as a prison from 1100, but also as a palace and royal residence until the 15th century. The monument has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 and attracts several million visitors every year.

Address: St Katharine’s & Wapping, London, UK

King’s Cross Station

King's Cross - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
King’s Cross – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Ethan Hunt and Ilsa Faust find themselves in this crowded train station, where they realize they have been manipulated. At the same time, Benji gets kidnapped. The scene was shot inside King’s Cross, almost unrecognizable behind the sets. It is the biggest railway node in central London and one of the four stations of British Monopoly. For Tom Cruise, the film is “a love letter to London”.

Address: Euston Road, Kings Cross, London, UK

Vinyl Shop

Vinyl Shop - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Vinyl Shop – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

The superb vinyl shop where Ethan Hunt goes for a debrief before being captured, unfortunately does not exist. It’s actually a lasagna restaurant. The place is located in a small street a stone’s throw from Regent’s street, one of the main shopping streets of the city. Among the must-see addresses in the district, it is impossible to ignore the Liberty department store, with its impressive Tudor facade in teak and oak. The interior is also worth the detour. Christopher McQuarrie takes over the reins of the franchise from Brad Bird, who is busy with his futuristic project, Tomorrowland.

Address: 5 Air Street, London, United Kingdom

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Tate Modern

Tate Modern - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Tate Modern – Photo credit: Fantrippers

It is in this building, located on the right bank of the Thames, that Ethan Hunt manages to catch up with Walker (Henry Cavill), but the latter escapes in extremis by helicopter, after having climbed the tower, suspended from an elevator. Opened in 2000 and housed in a former power station at the foot of the Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern is one of the world’s leading museums of modern and contemporary art. The engine room has been restored and its immense hall regularly hosts temporary exhibitions or monumental installations.

Address: Bankside, London, United Kingdom

Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Ethan Hunt chases “Apostles” Walker to the rooftops of the city. The two men perform impressive waterfalls in the most emblematic places in London. They walk through St. Paul’s Cathedral, climbing up the dome. They then set off on the solar panel roofs of the Blackfriars station. It was during one of his spectacular jumps that Tom Cruise injured his ankle, causing a filming interruption of several weeks. Indeed, the actor has a solid reputation as a daredevil, since he performs most of his stunts himself. The scene in which he was injured was the one used in the final cut. At 111.3 metres, St. Paul’s was until 1967 the tallest building in London.

Address: St. John’s St. Paul’s Churchyard, London, United Kingdom

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, January 9, 2020

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