London draws over 15 million tourists every year, and many of those people are drawn to London after seeing it portrayed in films. If you are planning a trip to London, you may want to check out these locations where movies have ben filmed.
1. Keats House/Wentworth Place, Hampstead
As featured in: “Bright Star”
In the north of London, there is an historic home worthy of a visit by both film fans and poetry lovers. Reopened in July of 2009, the historic home of the 19th century poet John Keats has become a museum dedicated to the life of the great poet. While he only lived in the house for about two years, Keats scholars argue that those two years were some of his most productive. Stylistic elements of the historic house will be instantly recognizable to fans of “Bright Star”.
2. Canary Wharf, East London
As featured in: “The Bourne Identity”, “Love Actually”, and more
Several decades ago, this section of the city along the West India Docks was economically depressed. Today, however, it is one of the busiest business and financial centers in London. Canary Wharf and the surrounding area have been featured in many films. In “The Bourne Identity”, Canary Wharf was the location of the CIA’s monitoring station in the UK, and in “Love Actually”, Colin Firth can be seen doing some of his Christmas shopping in that area as well. Other films featuring Canary Wharf include “28 Days Later”, “The Constant Gardener”, and “Johnny English”.
3. The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
As featured in: “The Golden Compass”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, and “The Wolf Man”
Over the years, the Painted Hall, wedding chapel, and other rooms at the Old Royal Naval College have been used in a number of films. The buildings in the complex all date from the 17th and 18th centuries, and have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The site was also used to film “The Avengers”, “Eastern Promises”, and “The Mummy Returns”.
4. Trafalgar Square, Westminster
As featured in: dozens of movies, including “28 Days Later”, “The Living Daylights”, and “An American Werewolf in London”
Trafalgar Square is not only one of the most iconic cultural locations in London, but also one of the most frequently used filming locations in London. The site is worth visiting to see Nelson’s Column, the fountains, and New Year’s Eve celebrations, as well as to surround yourself with a setting from movie history. You may also recognize the square from other films: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Sabotage”, “Arabesque”, or the 1996 version of “101 Dalmatians”.