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Top 10 films shot in London

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Founded almost 2000 years ago by the Romans, the capital of the United Kingdom is a metropolis of undisputed economic power with a population of almost 10 million. London, which we often imagine in the fog, is far from being in the fog.
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London, city of films

You can’t imagine how many films have been shot in London, and when you make the list it’s hard to believe, and yet! Discover 10 feature films filmed in the British capital to be found in our guide London of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels.

The Harry Potter saga, magical London

Although not all of the eight films include a scene in London, the British capital is one of the strongholds of the world of the most famous spectacle wizard in history. The Hogwarts student has already been to the city walls many times, including Piccadilly Circus, Kings Cross and the home of his godfather Sirius Black.

King’s Cross

With his summons letter in his pocket, his new wand and Hedwig in tow, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is ready to go to Hogwarts! Students will meet on platform 9 ¾ of King’s Cross station. Since the release of the saga, the premises have undergone major renovations and, unfortunately, the platforms are now only accessible to ticketed passengers. If this is your case, go to the area between piers 4 and 5 where the scenes of the film were shot. Alternatively, you can go to the level of platforms 9 and 10: just next to the Harry Potter shop, you will find a luggage trolley where you can take a photo. Be prepared to stand in line and take your picture in front of a large audience…

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The James Bond saga, explosive London

007 is an iconic figure in London. With MI6’s headquarters in a prominent place on the banks of the Thames, or M’s house in Cadogan Square, The World-City is the homeland of the globe-trotting spy, who likes to return to Her Majesty’s country at the end of his adventures.

MI6

The MI6 headquarters, a famous modernist building on the banks of the Thames, is now one of the iconic locations of the James Bond franchise. But if since The World Is Not Enough in 1999, the British secret services have proudly displayed their ultra-secure headquarters in the cinema, this has not always been the case. In the first films, 007 only returned to his office by more or less camouflaged accesses, generally behind the cover of Universal Exports. When visible, it was the façade of the Old War Office. In Skyfall, the SIS Building is destroyed during a terrorist attack. He still bears the scars in 007 Spectre.

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Kingsman

James Bond is not the only British spy to operate in the capital, members of the Kingsman agency are also making London their playground of choice in their explosive investigations. The Kingsman shop, Eggsy’s apartment or his friends’ pub are all places to visit in the city.

Bridget Jones’s Diary 1 & 2, Romantic London

A romantic comedy par excellence, Bridget Jones’s Diary tells the story of Bridget, a single woman in her thirties in search of true love, who suddenly finds herself with a love triangle she can’t shake. In London, we find his apartment, the Borough Market or Daniel Cleaver’s apartment.

The King’s Speech

Colin Firth does not only give in the sentimental and proves it in The King’s Speecha historical drama in which the youngest member of the royal family is entrusted with the reins of the kingdom, but is terrified of public speaking because of his stuttering problem. Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street are among the mythical places in this no less extraordinary film.

Notting Hill

An unlikely encounter in a most charming neighbourhood with the most charismatic bookstore in the world of cinema, Notting Hill is a classic romantic comedy, just like the places shown on the screen. Follow in the footsteps of Anna and William, the mythical couple of British cinema, in the famous bookshop, the tattoo parlour or the Ritz.

The Travel Book Shop

William (Hugh Grant) runs a small bookshop specialising in travel books in the heart of Notting Hill . Its blue front is easily recognizable, even if in reality the place is occupied by a souvenir shop in front of which the current owners have taken care to place the sign of the film. The store was inspired by a real Notting Hill bookstore, but it closed down about ten years after the release of the feature film due to lack of buyers. Its facade is still visible, however, at 13-15 Blenheim Crescent.

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A Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick rhymes with A Clockwork Orange, and that’s a good thing since the first is the director of the second. Adapted from the novel by Anthony Burgess, the film was selected by the National Film Registry to be held in the U.S. Library of Congress for its “cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance. Whether it’s the poster, the film or the locations, everything is mythical in A Clockwork Orange. You can go to the Edgwarebury Hotel or Brunel University and still feel the effects 47 years later.

V for Vendetta

Even if the film adapted from the famous comic book by Alan Moore and David Lloyd was shot, for most of the scenes, in studios, some of the real sets of the city are recognizable such as Big Ben or Trafalgar square. The scenes in the subway, on the other hand, were filmed in the disused Aldwych station.

Batman Begins

Gotham to London? Nothing is impossible for Christopher Nolan who does not hesitate to send the most American hero to London to shoot the scenes of the Arkham Asylum, the Opera House or the Court of Justice.

Da Vinci Code

Robert Langdon is in a race against time to decipher a mysterious code that will allow secrets that challenge the foundations of Christianity to emerge. Between Paris and Scotland, the symbol specialist will make a stop in London at the Temple Church but also at Westminster Abbey.

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By Damien Duarte

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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