Jim Henson and the Muppets have long had a history with London. Well before they crossed the Atlantic Ocean, however, the Muppets were a creation of Jim Henson originating in 1955 with Kermit the Frog. For much of the 50s and into the 1960s, Henson’s Muppets (a portmanteau of “marionettes” and “puppets”) featured in late-night talk shows and commercials. It was the advent of … [Read more...] about The History of Jim Henson and the Muppets in London
Awooooooooo! Werewolves of London! Of course, the werewolves aren’t the only monsters haunting the city’s streets in horror films. London has seen itself preyed upon by all manner of creatures in cinema including werewolves, mummies, aliens, murderous fiends, and the devil himself. Plenty of films made have used London as a backdrop and provide any Londonphile with … [Read more...] about The Brit Film Fiver – Five Scary London Horror Films To Watch This October
London is a city that is the setting of many a children’s book from One-Hundred and One Dalmatians to Peppa Goes to London. With hundreds of years of literary history under its belt, the city has many monuments to great works and authors—and these include statues dedicated to children’s literature. There are at least five statues dedicated to some of the most well-known … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Five Children’s Literature Statues To See in London
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition has opened at The Design Museum in Kensington and is on until 15 September 2019. A global touring exhibition which started its journey in 2004, has at last reached London where so many of Kubrick's movies were filmed. Marking the 20th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s death, the exhibition explores his unique command of the whole creative … [Read more...] about Laura’s London: Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition – The Design Museum – Our Review – Is It Worth Going?
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is continually changing and updating to make sure they have a steady stream of repeat visitors. Today, they've announced that they'll be opening up Gringotts Bank to visitors. From the press release: For the first time ever at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, visitors are invited to enter the set of Gringotts … [Read more...] about Harry Potter News: Gringotts Bank Coming to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in April
Cinemas, or movie theaters as we call them in the states, are some of the greatest places to spend time. Watching documentaries, comedies, foreign films, and more, we open ourselves up to whole other worlds. While there are plenty of big-name movie palaces such as Odeon and Empire, there are plenty of small chains and independent cinemas throughout the city that are worth … [Read more...] about Ten of the Best Independent Cinemas in London
We're very excited about the upcoming film about Queen called Bohemian Rhapsody and in celebration, Carnaby Street has decked out the street with Christmas Lights inspired by the song. They were switched on a few days ago (with surviving Queen members and film star Rami Malek present to do the honors). And they look amazing! The lights will grace Carnaby Street until early … [Read more...] about Carnaby Street Unveils Bohemian Rhapsody Christmas Lights
Attention Harry Potter fans who will be in London later this month! In celebration of the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 9 giant wands will light the path from Millenium Bridge to St Paul's Cathedral to promote the film but also raise awareness of JK Rowling's charity work Lumos (which seeks to end the institutionalization of children). From … [Read more...] about London Alert: Giant Harry Potter Wands to Light Up the Path to St Paul’s from October to November
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is a great destination for any Harry Potter fan (especially of the films). Throughout the year, they have special events geared towards each season and this year, they're going to 'celebrate' the Dark Magical Arts along with their usual Halloween Celebrations. Here are the details: From Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November, fans … [Read more...] about Harry Potter: Explore the Dark Arts This Autumn at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Scenery porn is a phrase used to describe camera shots in films and TV programmes that take a long view of the landscape. Any production that films in a city certainly isn’t immune to it and London has a lot to show off. With that in mind, cinematographers certainly love to linger on shots of London’s skyline and landmarks, making our mouths water at the thought of visiting … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Five Movies That Make Modern London Look Beautiful
London has a new spot to get all the best and latest Harry Potter gear - Hamleys has dedicated an entire floor to Harry Potter Merchandise. The iconic toy store, the oldest in the world, has dedicated their lower floor to Harry Potter. There is not a shortage of places in London to get official Harry Potter merchandise - there's a store at King's Cross, one in Heathrow … [Read more...] about Hamleys Now Has an Entire Floor Dedicated to Harry Potter
The future is bright—sometimes. Science-fiction is a genre that reaches into the future to make suppositions about what’s to come or what could happen. Since the earliest days of the genre, London has played a role in stories such as War of the Worlds and with the advent of film and later television, these tales portraying London’s future have always been popular. Most of … [Read more...] about London’s Fate: Visions of a Future London in Film and Television
It’s a common practice in literature and media to create fake places for your stories. Maybe the real ones aren’t available or are poorly suited to your movie or show. Perhaps no real place exists that can meet the needs of your story, yet you want everything to be grounded in reality. Being a major world city, London has been subjected to numerous fictional locales in … [Read more...] about Tube of the Imagination: A Guide to Fictional Underground Stations
Since the days of silent films, London has had a number of studios producing movies that entertain audiences all over the world. Today, several major studios can be found within the city itself and in the outer reaches of Greater London. The studios present in the city today are responsible for some of cinema's biggest blockbusters from Harry Potter to Star Wars. Some of … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Five London Film Studios Where Hollywood Magic Happens
You don’t need “00” clearance to know that James Bond calls London home. From Whitehall to Les Ambassadeurs, London is as important a setting in a James Bond film as Monaco, Jamaica, and Macau. It should come as no surprise, then, that the city is full of Bond and spy related experiences. Fans of the books and the films can find plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves … [Read more...] about The 00Fiver – Five James Bond Experiences in London
As one of the major cities of the world, London has had plenty of media in which it features as the setting. Plays, films, radio, and television have all taken turns making London as much of a character in their tales as any protagonist. Much like these media, cartoons have also used London as a location, whether as home to the characters or a place of action. From the … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Five Classic Animated Series That Take Place in London
Known to most people outside of London for the 1999 film written by Richard Curtis and starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, Notting Hill is really one of the most affluent and charming boroughs in London. Those wanting to visit this neighborhood can easily find a number of great restaurants, pubs, shops, and sights to experience. There certainly is no lack of things to do … [Read more...] about Top Ten Things to See and Do in Notting Hill
While the latest film in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, takes places exclusively in New York City, London has certainly been an important place to these stories. Throughout the books and over the course of eight films, London has played a central role in the story of the Boy Who Lived and his battle against He Who Must Not Be Named. London … [Read more...] about London on Film: Harry Potter Filming Locations To Visit in London
While many of Marvel’s films have not focused on London, it hasn’t stopped Marvel Studios from filming there, typically at Pinewood or Shepperton Studios. However, these films have not simply confined themselves to the studio lots and have often moved into the city as well. At least four Marvel films have used different locations in London, and even this year’s Doctor Strange … [Read more...] about London on Film: London Filming Locations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
While many London films focus on adults, it’s important to remember that children have an important place in the city’s stories too. Plenty of movies geared towards a younger audience have London as a setting. These can range from classic literature adaptations to entirely original tales, both animated and live-action. In each, London is an important environment that … [Read more...] about London on Film: Top Ten Children’s Films Set in London
Sports are one of the most important parts of London city life, whether football, cricket, tennis, rugby, the London Marathon, and more. The city is home to thirteen football clubs, Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon, and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. London even has American Football teams such as the London Blitz and the London Cobras. For decades, studios have been bringing … [Read more...] about London on Film: Top Five London Based Sports Films
Every city has its criminal element, and London is no exception. The universe of the criminal underground is one that varies in its organization and is full of complex, interesting characters. Filmmakers have long called on the complexities to tell stories of another side of the city that most people do not see. These films have included real and fictional gangsters and gang … [Read more...] about London on Film: Ten London Based Gangster Movies – Which one is your favourite?
London is a city of laughs, and that has been on display for decades in British film. From the poshest part of Kensington to the most Cockney neighbourhood in the East End, many humourous stories have been put to the screen. They feature some of Britain’s greatest actors from Sir Alec Guinness to John Cleese. As always, some films we’ve written about before may have been … [Read more...] about London on Film: Top Ten Comedy Films Set in London – Which One is Your Favourite?
Everyone loves a good romantic film. We like the idea of two people living happily ever after, and the City of London has many such stories. In every corner of the city over the last few decades, there have been stories of people falling madly in love, often through trying (and sometimes hilarious) circumstances. What’s more, some films show many different kinds of love and … [Read more...] about London on Film: Top Ten Romance Films Set in London – Which is Your Favourite?
A dystopia can be defined as an imaginary place where life is unpleasant, the opposite of a utopia. This is more than just the characters having a bad day, nearly always featuring an oppressive government that has come about either as a response to some past cataclysm or the gradual development of a police state. London has been the setting of several films that have featured … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Top Five London Dystopia Films – Which One is Your Favourite?