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One thing I love to do before I visit a new destination is to read books (fiction/non-fiction/guide books) and watch movies written about/filmed in that particular city or country.

In this article I have collated 15 of the best movies set in London. This includes romantic comedies set in London (so many rom-coms!), historical dramas, action, as well as children’s films.

All of these movies are based in London or are movies featuring London.

Warning – A lot of them also seem to star Hugh Grant!!!

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NOTTING HILL

Starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant this classic rom-com is about a London bookshop owner (Grant) who falls for an A-list American actress.

Made in 1999

LOVE ACTUALLY

Hugh Grant is back but this time he is the Prime Minister (a lot hunkier than the one we have at the moment lol!!!) Starring opposite Martine McCutcheon this rom-com tells the story of 8 couples dealing with the complexity of relationships.

Made in 2003

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY

The original Bridget Jones’s diary also stars Hugh Grant (is this man in every British rom-com?! And his co-star is the every so British Renee Zellweger (who perhaps hasn’t quite aged as well as her co-stars!

There are now 3 films in the series with the latest released in 2016.

Made in 2001

SLIDING DOORS

Starring Gwyneth Paltrow as the central character.

Her love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see both ways, in parallel.

Made in 1998

HARRY POTTER

London has starred in many of the Harry Potter movies with King’s Cross Station featuring in all 7!

The Millennium Bridge, London City Hall, Great Scotland Yard can all be seen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Leadenhall Market, London Zoo, Australia House and St Pancras Renaissance Hotel can be found in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Piccadilly Circus and Claremont Square feature in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

There are lots of Harry Potter walking themed tours you can take in London.

Harry Potter studios are also worth visiting and can be found just outside London. You can book a tour or take public transport to the studios – just book in advance to avoid disappointment as it is very popular!

PADDINGTON

Named after one of London’s main train stations (where he was found by the Browns) Paddington is a firm favourite with children everywhere!

Starring Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and filmed in Primrose Hill Paddington is our favourite bear from Peru!

JAMES BOND

London features in many of the Bond movies. In Skyfall (filmed in 1999) the MI6 building is actually blown up in one quite spectacular scene.

In The World Is Not Enough starring Pierce Brosnan sees a high speed boat chase along the Thames which ends (somehow) with James on top of the Millennium Dome (now the O2 arena!)

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL

Starring a VERY youthful looking Hugh Grant this rom-com (yes another one!) follows an eccentric group of friends from wedding to wedding with Andi Macdowell playing the elusive love interest!

Made in 1994

ONE DAY

Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in this rom-com about two different people that realise that the love they’ve been hoping for has been there all along.

Made in 2011

ABOUT A BOY

Hugh Grant again – he really was the king of rom-coms (I actually didn’t realise just how much!!!)

In this movie he plays rather an unsavoury character until a 12 year old boy enters his life and causes him to examine his behaviour.

Made in 2002

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

The world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, is young, out of ideas and short of cash but meets the ideal woman who inspires him to write one of his most famous plays!

Can you guess which one?

Made in 1999

MARY POPPINS

The original Mary Poppins made in 1964 and starring Julie Andrews is a family favourite.

Disney’s recent offering starring Emily Blunt was recently filmed in London with St Pauls, the Bank of England and Buckingham Palace all featuring.

Made in 2018

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM

A girl bends the rules to achieve her goal in professional football (soccer) against the wishes of her parents who want a more traditional future for their daughter.

A great family/comedy film set in Hounslow West London

Made in 2003

84 CHARING CROSS ROAD

A true story based on the long-distance friendship that develops between a New Yorker and a staff running a bookshop in London.

Starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins in the leading roles this is a lovely film about friendship.

Charing Cross Road is famous for its bookshops including Foyles which can be found at 107 Charing Cross Road.

Made in 1987

THE KING’S SPEECH

The true story of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue who worked with King George VI to help him overcome his stammer.

Starring Colin Firth as King George VI (the present Queen’s father) this historical drama was a major box office success. If you enjoyed watching The Crown and have an interest in British history this film is not to be missed.

Made in 2010

HAPPY VIEWING

How many of this great selection of movies set in London England have you seen? Do you have a favourite?

And where is Hugh Grant these days???

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