8 films about London that everyone should watch

20th March 2016

With hundreds of iconic landmarks, thousands of stunning locations and tons of varied personalities, it’s no wonder that London has always been such a popular setting for so many of the world’s best films.

Whether it’s Harry Potter flying over the Thames, or Colin Firth at his royal best in The King’s Speech, it’s undeniable that London has provided us with some of the most iconic moments in film history.

Here at Thinking Bob we’ve taken it upon ourselves to put together a list of our favourite London films. It was a tough decision, but we’ve finally narrowed it down to 8. We’ve even provided you with a list of some of the filming locations used!

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Notting Hill

West London at it’s finest!

Lush shots of Portobello Road, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath and, of course, the eponymous Notting Hill make up the background for this sweet love story between a Hollywood movie star and a quiet travel book shop owner.

V for Vendetta

Set in a futuristic, totalitarian Britain, V for Vendetta is an imaginative retelling of the Guy Fawkes story. It’s therefore unsurprising to find that the film is littered with shots of Parliament, the Old Bailey and Trafalgar Square!

28 Days Later

Jim wakes up in an eerily quiet London. Shots of a deserted Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Whitehall and the City help us realise that something has happened… something deadly. Fantastic film!

Mary Poppins

An absolute classic! Has anyone ever walked past St Paul’s cathedral and not hummed Feed The Birds to themselves? We didn’t think so.

The Omen

There is nothing creepier in this world than an other-worldly child… Shot mainly in the UK, The Omen features a look inside the actual US Ambassador’s office in Green Park (obviously filmed in much less security-conscious times!)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

We’re back in West London for this mystery-action epic set in the Cold War of the 70s. Starring some of the best British actors alive today, the locations are surprisingly understated, with MI6 being house in West Kensington, with a view of Kensington Olympia exhibition hall.

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Bridget Jones’ Diary

The romcom to end all romcoms. Renee Zellwegger’s flawless British accent is accompanied by shots of Westminster Bridge, the Royal Courts of Justice and, of course, Borough Market, where she somehow manages to afford a one bed flat on her own…

Love Actually

There are almost as many London landmarks featured in this film as there are intertwining characters and plot lines… From Southbank to Mayfair, passing through Selfridges, Somerset House and, of course, Heathrow airport.

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