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?
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