London is a popular place for filming because it is LONDON — the perfect backdrop for adventure, romance, comedy, history, and even fantasy! You can find modern buildings and bridges, or go around the corner and feel like you are in the 1800s.
It seems that more movies are being made in London than in the past. According to Marilyn Collis, our favorite Blue Badge Tourist Guide, the government has made provisions to encourage more films to be produced in London. The application process has been streamlined, and there are some tax incentives. Contact Marilyn if you would like to have a walking tour of London film locations.
As the U.S. team of London Connection, we compiled a list of our favorite “London Movies” and found that we enjoy quite a spectrum. Maybe you will find one or two that will suit your tastes.
Thomas, Sr., Sheila, Shannon, Tori, Kim, and Thomas, Jr. in our U.S. office
Thomas has many movies that he recommends. In fact, he is happy to talk about them; all you have to do is ask!
Tom is more of a doer than a watcher. He would prefer to be outdoors riding his bike than viewing TV or movies. When he does take a rare moment to sit down, he chooses comedies.
If you need to forget about your troubles and challenges, a good laugh may be just the ticket. Watch some comedy and enjoy London sites at the same time.
Since traveling to London, I have recognized scenes in movies like never before. My poor children sitting next to me; I am pointing out: “that’s the dome of St Paul’s, look at the River Thames, oh it’s Seven Dials — I was standing right there last month!” The movies come alive when you recognize those areas from personal experience.
Other London movies and TV series we can recommend for the views of the beautiful city and the culture:
Which of these films have you enjoyed? Do you have others we forgot to include? Please send your comments to SheilaF@LDNCXN.com. We love to hear from our guests, and learn from their experiences.
While you are in London, you might enjoy an evening relaxing in your vacation apartment. Get a take-out dinner and put your feet up — you may need it after a long day of walking. Tune into one of these shows and have the surreal experience of seeing London portrayed in film from the middle of the Royal City.