The streets of London have featured as a starring role in countless blockbuster successes, whether it be 90s romances or epic Marvel adventure movies. We’ve chosen seven of the most iconic locations for you to visit and channel your inner Leonardo DiCaprio or Emma Watson. The brilliant thing about this list is that these locations are entirely free to visit (queue cheers from broke students across the country)!
- Harry Potter – King’s Cross Station
How could we start this list with anything other than the holy grail of British culture, no not Mary Berry, Harry Potter. There are so many iconic muggle locations which we could detail in this list but we’re just going to highlight the most pivotal of settings and that is King’s Cross Station, where Harry is transported to the school which will change his life forever. The station even has its own dedication to the wizarding world through a Hogwarts student’s trolley which they left in the platform 9 ¾ wall for you to take a photo with. There’s also a Harry Potter shop for you to collect a souvenir from this magical experience.
However, if this is not enough then you can even visit the Warner Bros. studio tour to see the real sets, costumes and props included in the movies. This experience will give you a whole new appreciation for this extraordinary world and all of the effort put into the detail of the movie by the film creators.
Address: Kings Cross Railway Station, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9AL
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Website: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/
- Notting Hill – Notting Hill
Now for a complete contrast, we have the Hugh Grant classic: Notting Hill. Whether you browse in a book shop or walk the streets of Notting Hill listening to “Ain’t No Sunshine” through your earphones, this whole part of London will transport you to this endearing romance. However, you can even visit the exact bookshop where Will Thacker first meets the stunning Anna Scott. Although it’s not just a travel bookshop now, it is filled with classics and new releases alike for you to indulge.
Address: The Notting Hill Bookshop, 13 Blenheim Crescent, W11 2 EE London
- Mary Poppins – St Paul’s Cathedral
Visiting St Paul’s Cathedral will be sure to provide you with a spoonful of astonishment with its grandeur and level of spectacular detail. As well as being an essential historical landmark to visit in London, here you will be transported to the setting of the classic song “Feed the Birds”, sung by queen Julie Andrews. Whilst you’re here you could even look around the cathedral and appreciate all of the beautiful artwork on display.
Address: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
- Thor: The Dark World – Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Although you may not be able to re-create the mighty Battle of Greenwich which takes place at the end of Thor: The Dark World, you can visit the Old Royal Naval College where it is set. These historic buildings, built in the early 18th century, were once a retirement home for sailors from the Royal Navy. While you may not witness a battle of the Dark Elf Conflict when you visit, if you take a trip during term time you will be treated to the sweet sounds of music rehearsals as the University of Greenwich and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance now use the buildings for music and dance practices.
Watch some of the epic battle here:
Address: King William Walk, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9NN
- St Trinian’s – Trafalgar Square
A classic movie for any teen British girl has to be none other than the adventures of the worst students that ever existed: St Trinian’s. Some may visit Trafalgar Square for its historical significance and world-renowned monuments honouring great figures in history, but no, we are visiting Trafalgar Square because that is where Annabelle Fritton and Head Girl Kelly Jones crawled through sewers to steal the Girl with The Pearl Earring painting in a heist to save their school.
Address: Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN
- Peter Pan – Kensington Gardens
You’ll have to head to the “second star to the right and the straight on ‘til morning!” plus a couple stops on the tube and you can be at 31 Kensington Park Gardens which is the Darling’s house, not only in the story but in real life also. This house is where the Llewelyn Davies family lived who inspired J.M. Barrie to write Peter Pan. Additionally, just around the corner is Kensington Gardens where you’ll find the Peter Pan statue and if you’re lucky he may be able to escort you to Neverland himself.
Darling House: 31 Kensington Park Gardens, Notting Hill, London W11 2Q
Peter Pan Statue: Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH
- Love Actually – 10 Downing Street
Love actually is all around, and that statement was never as true as when Hugh Grant was Prime Minister and he and Natalie fell in love and kissed during a sweet rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Ahh simpler times. Anyway, what if I told you that you can get right up close to the PM’s door? Now I know what you’re thinking, how am I actually going to do that with 10 Downing Street having intense security measures at all times? Well about 800 metres away is 10 Adam Street, an exact replica of the PM’s front door. From a photo no one would be able to tell the difference so we now give you full permission to take a photo outside and trick your friends into thinking Boris invited you over for tea.
Address: 10 Adam St, Charing Cross, London WC2R 0DE
London is just bursting with movie memories and iconic locations, so now you’ve seen it on the big screen and read this article, what’s stopping you going to visit them in real life? Run forest run! You can make a day of visiting all of these locations and even get some great deals from the Wrangle App to buy some lunch during your movie quest. I hope you have an Oscar-award worthy adventure!