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?
There are lots of ways that civilisation can end, especially in movies. Sometimes it’s through disease, a disaster, or man trying to play god. In any event, the cataclysm results in the breaking down of society. Sometimes it comes back and turns into a dystopia, but in the meantime, it’s generally every person for themselves with everyone just trying to survive. Over the … [Read more...] about This is the End: The London Film Fiver – Five London Apocalypse Films
For centuries, the moat surrounding the Tower of London was the last thing many unfortunate guests saw as they went to the execution at the bloody tower. This summer, the moat will serve a completely different purpose - an open air cinema. The Luna Cinema, an open-air film-screening event company, revealed they would be partnering with The Tower for the first time this … [Read more...] about Event Alert: Watch a Movie in the Moat at the Tower of London in August
As much as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Prague, London is one of the most popular places in the world to film a motion picture. Of course, it certainly has plenty of iconic locations that can be used for anything from simple establishing shots to major plot settings. With all of these locations, it makes sense that you see many of the same places over and over. While … [Read more...] about London on Film: Five of the Top Filming Locations in London Used in Movies
You may remember a few years ago that there were two movies about the White House being taken over. One was called Olympus Has Fallen. It was a pretty terrible movie. But it made a ton of money. So, a sequel was inevitable. What have they decided to destroy in the sequel? London! The trailer was released last week and is filled with tons of destruction of our beloved city. … [Read more...] about London Movies: London Blows Up in London Has Fallen
“It’s!” This line opening nearly every episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus heralded comedy unlike any Britain had seen at the time. Growing out of such comedy shows as Spike Milligan’s Q5, At Last the 1948 Show, and The Frost Report, the six Pythons comprising John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam would come to eclipse their … [Read more...] about For Silly Walks: A Guide to Monty Python’s London
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxSLKfJ0VlE Every summer, a series of outdoor film screenings is held in the courtyard at Somerset House in London. It's a popular event and comes back every year. Film4 who are sponsoring the event this year have released the line-up for this year - it's a mix of new movies and classic films: Gemma Bovery Gustave Flaubert’s desperate … [Read more...] about Movies Under the Stars: Film4 Summer Screen line-up at Somerset House
Besides Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, London is perhaps the most featured location in the Harry Potter films. Unlike the first two locations, London is a place that isn’t dressed up to look like somewhere else, as Alnwick Castle has filled in for Hogwarts or the Goathland train station has played the role of Hogsmeade. In London, real locations are featured as themselves more than … [Read more...] about City of Magic: A Brief Guide to Harry Potter’s London
With London as their backdrop, a number of films from the 1990s-onward have become instant classics and given audiences a modern view of the city. Crime, comedy, romance, diversity, and magic are all present in London’s recent film history, and even though the films are newer, they nonetheless established themselves as classics. Have a look below at five modern films set in … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Top 5 Modern (Post 1990) Films Set in London – What’s Your Favorite?
The folks at Secret Cinema have announced their next big production next year and they're going to a Galaxy Far Far Away. Here's their announcement: Earth is the system. We are seeking rebels from around the world to join the Rebel Alliance and head to a Secret City where they will be taken on a journey through the world of Star Wars. Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: … [Read more...] about London Alert: Secret Cinema Goes to a Galaxy Far Away With Empire Strikes Back
The folks over at Buzzfeed have created a fun new parody Tube Map, this time called the Movie Pun Map of London. Instead of familiar Tube Stations, the map features clever movie puns related to the station names. Check it out below (click for a larger version): Very clever and funny! Source. … [Read more...] about London on Film: The Movie Pun London Tube Map
Military Intelligence, Section 6, otherwise known as the Secret Intelligence Service, has always played home to the world’s leading fictional spy. With its main offices in London, the city has often played an important role in the James Bond film franchise. The city’s buildings have appeared either as real or fictional offices, and sometimes local buildings have substituted for … [Read more...] about London on Film: A Brief Guide to James Bond’s London
As many movies as there are set in London, there are also many television programmes set in its various boroughs. It’s honestly rather difficult to pick just ten great programmes to include on this list and inevitably some great shows were left out. These ten represent most of the genre spectrum and different parts of the city. Feel free to chime in on the comments with … [Read more...] about London Telly: Top 10 TV Shows Based in London To Watch This Weekend
Later this week, the film “Paddington” is set to come out in theatres across the United States. Voiced by Ben Whishaw, it tells the classic story of a Peruvian bear who comes to live with the Brown family. Paddington Bear, of course, is granted his name in the story due to being found at Paddington Station in London. Since it's coming out this week, I figured why … [Read more...] about Paddington Bear: Paddington Station and the Teddy that Bears Its Name – A Brief History
Naturally, a city as old and grand as London becomes the subject of many films. It plays home to kings and queens, cops and gangsters, and everyday men and women. From views of the skyline to displays of the boroughs’ character, these are ten films that every Londonphile should watch. These films not only tell the story of Londoners but make the city itself a character. This … [Read more...] about London on Film: 10 Classic London Films Every Londonphile Should Watch – What’s Your Favorite?