London in film: live near the capital’s top 10 movie locations

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For years, filmmakers have chosen central London to add glamour, romance and prestige to their movies. The capital has provided the backdrop to countless box office hits from The King’s Speech and Harry Potter to Batman Begins and The Italian Job. Live near our pick of the best movies shot across the capital to mark this year’s London Film Festival from 4-15 October.

10. The Italian Job
Marylebone, London W1
This iconic 1969 caper starred Michael Caine as Charlie Croker, a crook planning a gold heist in Italy. Caine’s co-star was Noel Coward, who played Mr Bridger, the head of a criminal empire, and Croker’s backer for the job. Although the legendary car chases were filmed in Turin and Coventry (yes, really), much of the movie was shot in London. Locations included the Royal Lancaster Hotel in Bayswater, used for Croker’s party when leaving prison; Denbigh Close in Notting Hill, home to Croker’s swinging London pad; and Harley Street in Marylebone, the setting for Mr Bridger’s private dentist.
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9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Regent’s Park, London NW1
The first installment of a hugely lucrative series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the highest grossing movie of 2001. Based on JK Rowling’s novel of the same name, it starred Daniel Radcliffe and was made at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire. Location shots were filmed at some of the UK’s most imposing period buildings. An early scene for the movie was captured inside the reptile house at London Zoo, in Regent's Park. A significant moment, when Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) first discovers he has unusual powers, by talking to the snakes and unwittingly freeing a boa constrictor.
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8. Batman Begins
Bloomsbury, London WC1
The University of London’s Senate House is particularly popular with location scouts and has appeared in several major movies. The striking art deco structure stands on the fringes of fashionable Fitzrovia and is principally an administrative centre. The building’s use by the Ministry of Information during WWII inspired George Orwell’s depiction of the Ministry of Truth in his dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The building featured in the 1984 film of the same name, as the workplace of its central character, Winston Smith (John Hurt). More recently, Senate House was the setting for Gotham City’s Court House in Batman Begins (2005).
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7. Paddington and Paddington 2

Paddington, London W2

The 2014 hit, Paddington, and its 2017 sequel, Paddington 2, showcase the developing appeal of London’s W2 postcode and its surrounding areas. The key focus is Brunel’s striking Paddington Station, where the ever-popular Peruvian bear meets the Brown family. The platforms are for real, although the external shots show the frontage of nearby Marylebone Station. Maida Vale Underground also features in both movies, reinvented as the local and fictitious Westbourne Oak Station. The handsome brown-tiled building seems to be a popular film location, as it also features in Richard Curtis’s About Time, and Neil Jordan’s The End Of The Affair.
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6. The King’s Speech
Marylebone, London W1
Starring Colin Firth as Prince ‘Bertie’, the soon-to-be King George VI, this 2011 drama tells the tale of a right royal speech impediment, and one man’s attempts to overcome it. Principal photography for this period piece took place at several striking locations, including Westminster Abbey and Lancaster House. The latter, a government building in London’s West End, stood in for Buckingham Palace for the princely sum of £20,000 a day. External shots of Bertie’s Piccadilly home and internal shots of the Harley Street practice, where he receives ‘treatment’, were shot at the same place – a Georgian property at 33 Portland Place, Marylebone.
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5. Scandal
Bayswater, London W2
John Hurt starred as Stephen Ward, the society osteopath and Ian McKellen played John Profumo in the 1989 drama. The scandal involving Christine Keeler (Joanne Whalley) resulted in the widely known Profumo affair. Ward had lived at Wimpole Mews, in Marylebone. However, the property had been modernised since the Sixties, so Bathurst Mews, in Bayswater, was used for the location shots.
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4. The Ipcress File
Hyde Park, London W2
This critically acclaimed 1965 espionage flick starred Michael Caine as MI5’s Harry Palmer and was based on Len Deighton’s novel of the same name. Filmed across the capital, the mainstay of the movie was made in converted studios at Grosvenor Gardens in Belgravia. The location shots were filmed at a variety of venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, the V&A Museum and a car park beneath Hyde Park, where the kidnapped scientist Radcliffe was exchanged for cash. The site remains unchanged, and is now known as the Marble Arch Car Park.
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3. Notting Hill
Notting Hill, London W11
The mother of all rom coms, this was one of the most entertaining feel-good films of the Nineties. Starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, Notting Hill thrust this exclusive London neighbourhood into the limelight. And there’s little doubt that the streets of W11 helped to secure the movie’s reputation as a perennial favourite. However, you'll have to work fairly hard to pinpoint some of the locations. The shop at Portobello Road, where William met Anna, has never been a bookshop, while the Coronet Cinema at Notting Hill Gate has since reverted to its original role as a theatre.
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2. Love Actually
Mayfair, London W1
A pan-London rom com par excellence, this star-studded 2003 movie made the most of some alluring locations in the more popular parts of the capital. Harry (Alan Rickman) meets his wife Karen (Emma Thompson) in St Christopher’s Place, before furtively buying a necklace for Mia (Heike Makatsch) around the corner at Selfridge’s, in Marylebone. Whiteleys Shopping Centre, in Bayswater, also features, while newlyweds Peter and Juliet live on the charming St Luke’s Mews, in Notting Hill. Perhaps the most delightful location, however, is Grosvenor Chapel on South Audley Street, Mayfair, where Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) marries Juliet (Keira Knightley).
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1. A Hard Day’s Night
Fitzrovia, London W1
• The Beatles made their big-screen debut with this 1964 musical comedy. Travelling south to perform a TV concert, the film opens with the Fab Four leaving Liverpool’s Lime Street station and arriving at London’s Marylebone station. However, to save time – and the cost of travelling to two locations – the filming of ‘both stations’ was completed at Marylebone. The mainstay of the movie was shot at the Scala Theatre on Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia, where the Scala House flats now stand. Opposite the old entrance, Charlotte Mews remains. This is the alley from which John, Paul, George and Ringo finally emerge for the show.
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