London has long been a city of culture and creativity. That’s why it’s home to some of the best films ever made, including: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone,‘ Love Actually,’ and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.‘
These movies show off aspects of English culture through their settings, which has been a big draw for filmmakers.
Video Production London is one of the most iconic global industries and has seen many Hollywood directors and studios flocking across the pond to film some pivotal scenes and London has played host to some of the best films ever made.
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
When it comes to some of the best films ever set in London, you can’t go wrong with the Harry Potter series. This first Harry Potter movie was released in 2001 and quickly became a classic, following young wizard Harry Potter as he starts his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Much of the movie is set in London, with the Hogwarts Express departing from platform nine ¾ at Kings Cross station.
The magical barrier allows young Wizards to board the Hogwarts Express to school. There is now a genuine replica of the mystical wall at the location where platform 9 ¾ would be within Kings Cross station to commemorate inspiring future generations of aspiring wizards and witches.
Love Actually (2003)
It is still primarily considered a “London film” even though filming occurred in the United Kingdom and worldwide for Love Actually.
On a holiday weekend, Canary Wharf’s area served as a backdrop for a scene in which Colin Firth’s character, Jamie, was rushing around to finish Christmas shopping.
While most subway stations are too crowded to film movie scenes, Canary Wharf is typically tranquil on weekends due to travelers’ absence.
The scene was filmed with minimal disruption or closure to the public.
Rogue One (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had some great action set-pieces set in London around Canary Wharf. Towards the film’s climax, Jyn Erso is with Cassian Andor and K-2SO running through futuristic platforms from hoards of Storm Troopers. With the aid of clever set dressing and CGI, it made these scenes seem very realistic.
Mary Poppins Returns (12018)
Mary Poppins is a musical based on the original P.L. Travers book, adapted into a 1964 Disney movie with Julie Andrews in the title role and Dick Van Dyke as Bert. Even if you’ve been taking care of yourself for 20 years, Mary Poppins makes you wish you had an English nanny.
In the 2018 sequel, Emily Blunt took over the title role and this successful film had many iconic scenes filmed in London, ranging from St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London.
The film’s producer, John DeLuca said “We wanted to open up the film and shoot on these locations in London to give the audience a true feel for the city. We even began to think of these locations as their own characters.”
London is the perfect backdrop for any movie franchise, whether a children’s classic or an action-packed thriller whether that be Mary Poppins, Harry Potter, James Bond, or Mission Impossible.
So grab some popcorn and get comfortable and watch some of the best films ever to have been made in London. They can be perfect viewing for any time throughout the year whether that be in Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Some of the best films ever made in London have also been set in various London underground stations and you can see more information about them here.